Citizen Action Monitor

The Canary, Britain’s newest alternative online news site, fearlessly goes after The Guardian and BBC

Watch Chris Hedges interview with The Canary’s daring Editor in Chief, Kerry-Anne Mendoza.

No 2493 Posted by fw, July 21, 2019

“How we got to this point – and worse, why aren’t we supposedly liberal, virtuous journalism and mainstream, calling this stuff out. If this is really who they are, if this is really what they stand for, where’s the noise? Where is the absolute solidarity when journalists have been arrested, deported, extradited, where is that solidarity? Does it exist? Because ultimately they aren’t journalists. They’re propagandists. And they’ve kind of drunk their own Kool-Aid and still hold on to this identity of themselves as journalists. And it says something about the fact that they don’t recognize us as journalists, because I think it’s offensive to them the idea that we are…”Kerry-Anne Mendoza, On Contact

On Contact host, Chris Hedges talks to Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor-in-chief of The Canary. Created just five years ago, the alternative socialist website is financed by subscribers and advertisers with 3.5 million monthly viewers. It has been accused of “hyper-partisan” owing to its mainly pro-Labor party content, and The Daily Telegraph, an elitist newspaper, called it “the maddest left-wing website in the world.”

As an aside — How come Canada’s alternative online new media don’t call out — more often — our mainstream media, especially the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and the CBC?

Below is my embedded 26-minute You Tube video of Chris Hedges interview with Kerry-Anne Mendoza. Accompanying the video is a chronological transcript solely of Hedges comments and questions, except for the opening of the conversation, which includes the above Mendoza excerpt, that actually comes at the end of the interview. Including Hedges portion of the transcript is intended to help viewers to selectively zero in on topics/questions of possible interest to them.

Following the video, I have provided links to a sample of articles, published by The Canary, critical of The Guardian and the BBC.

Alternatively, click on the following linked title to access the video, without a transcript, on Dandelion Salad / RT’s website.

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Chris Hedges: The Alternative Media Shames the Corporate Media Into Doing Their Job by Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad/RT, July 20, 2019

On Contact host, Chris Hedges talks to Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor-in-chief of The Canary. Created just five years ago, the alternative socialist website is financed by subscribers and advertisers with 3.5 million monthly viewers. It has been accused of “hyper-partisan” owing to its mainly pro-Labor party content, and The Daily Telegraph, an elitist newspaper, called it “the maddest left-wing website in the world.”

Watch the Video

On Contact: UK alternative media with Kerry-Anne Mendoza published by RT America, July 20, 2019 (25:53-minutes)

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT

Chris Hedges (CH) – Welcome to On Contact. Today we discuss the importance of the role of alternative media with The Canary’s Editor in Chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza.

Kerry-Anne Mendoza (K-AM) – How we got to this point – and worse, why aren’t we supposedly liberal, virtuous journalism and mainstream, calling this stuff out. If this is really who they are, if this is really what they stand for, where’s the noise? Where is the absolute solidarity when journalists have been arrested, deported, extradited, where is that solidarity? Does it exist? Because ultimately they aren’t journalists. They’re propagandists. And they’ve kind of drunk their own Kool-Aid and still hold on to this identity of themselves as journalists. And it says something about the fact that they don’t recognize us as journalists, because I think it’s offensive to them the idea that we are and they never (garbled).

CH – The Canary, founded in 2015 with the goal of diversifying the media and breaking free from the insular world of the elites is one of the most successful, alternative media platforms in Great Britain. It has 3.5 million, unique users a month. The site has fearlessly called out the establishment media organizations such as the BBC and The Guardian for catering to the ruling elites and spreading official propaganda as it was news.

Joining me in the studio to discuss the importance of alternative media, and the failure of the established media is Canary’s Editor in Chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza. So, first of all, having read your site, you have really built a very important and quite effective media platform, which is kind of remarkable. Just briefly tell us how you did it.

2:55 – So, I want to talk a little bit about the role of the alternative media. Traditionally, the alternative media, in essence shames the mainstream media into doing their job. And you have numerous examples – we’ll start with The Guardian – where you’ve dome that. But just tick a few of those off.

3:35 – Let me just interrupt, because like the United States – perhaps even more than the United States – there’s been a long tradition of socialism within the United Kingdom that kind of got obliterated by the twin “swamp creatures”, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

4:09 – Although it’s [National Health Service, State Education system] all being destroyed.

4:34  – You have privatize your public transportation, which has been a disaster. You have privatized – I believe your postal service was scrapped, which has been a disaster. So if it’s not profitable to delivers to a remote community, or they don’t want to deliver to individual boxes, they just don’t. And there’s been a heavy privatization of your health care service.

6:19 [Crosstalk] …demonization… or the xenophobia [dislike of people from other countries] the Islamophobia because, as in the States, they’re blaming the collapse of these social services and privatization of these social services, which become more costly to the citizen and ineffective, on the immigrant.

8:59 – I don’t know the British media system as well as I do in the US. But there was a kind of coup d’état – I worked for the New York Times – there was a period under an editor named Abe Rosenthal when he swung the paper into the neoliberal camp. He used to have lunch every week with William F. Buckley, and turned what had been a traditional, liberal media organization – and by that I mean  a media organization that was bound by the ideology of American capitalism and very friendly towards American imperialism – but it wasn’t bound by the ideology of neoliberalism. And it became bound. I assume the same happened here?

11:04 – Well what’s interesting about the Canary is that you’ve really called these people [The Guardian and BBC] out by — number 1, exposing hypocrisy and duplicity and subservience to, not only to an ideology but to corporate power, but also by covering stories they should cover that they don’t. Just tick off a few because it’s quite an impressive list.

13:48 – So there’s a cost for doing journalism in the global corporate empire with the ideology of neoliberalism. What are journalists who are tempting to expose and even challenge this narrative facing?

15:50 – It’s important – [Noam] Chomsky writes about this – they posit themselves as the moral voice of the society, which is – and Chomsky has written at length about this – which is why when you puncture that façade and expose the complicity that they have with the ruling elites, they are so vicious.

16:28 – Give me some examples of what they’ve [The Guardian] done to you.

18:40 – What about this NewsGuard? What is this? Who runs it?

20:31 – Aren’t they [NewsGuard] giving color-codes, they’re rating – Canary has this rating …

21:24 – [Crosstalk] …in the states they raided leftwing sites, they’re an anonymous organization – I’m on the list – and then what they did is they got Google, Twitter and Facebook to create algorithms to steer people away from these sites. And in this case they were disseminators of foreign propaganda – Russian propaganda, which is what they’ve used to demonize the left wing in the United States. And we’re all now victims of these algorithms – not just the assault on advertisers.

23:22 – The more they’re threatened – and I think the ideology of neoliberalism across the political spectrum has been exposed as largely bankrupt – the more they’re threatened the more vicious they’re going to become. And the whole persecution of Julian Assange – you’ve been one of the few publications in Great Britain to “get it.” I mean The Guardian, the BBC, all of the mainstream press contributed to the lynching of Assange.

25:54 – Corporate power wants to present them as the legitimate voice.

26:22 – END OF INTERVIEW

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THE CANARY TAKES ON THE GUARDIAN AND BBC — Sample of recent articles

The Guardian

AUDIOAfter the Guardian’s latest censorship, [Labour’s] shadow chancellor John McDonnell can’t believe what the paper’s become. (July 18)

The story behind the Guardian’s deleted letter of Jewish support for Chris Williamson (July 9)

The Guardian launches a bizarre attack on Labour women that backfires spectacularly (June 18)

Six Jewish Labour members blast The Guardian over ‘selectively edited’ antisemitism allegation (April 4)

The Guardian’s latest smear headline compares Labour’s Brexit approach to the Iraq war (March 26)

The Guardian refused to publish this scathing letter from over 200 Jewish women. It’s obvious why. (March 18)

The Guardian shows its true colours with more ‘fearless’ support for Western imperialism (January 30)

Guilty by innuendo: the Guardian campaign against Julian Assange that breaks all the rules (December 29, 2018)

The Guardian headline on Palestine that’s shaming the entire field of journalism (November 12, 2018)

 

BBC

BBC claims to be ‘neutral’ by refusing to call Trump’s words racist and airing his lies (July 19)

Watch Clive Lewis MP skewer the BBC and its “disinformation” in the heart of parliament (July 16)

BBC hatchet job on Jeremy Corbyn immediately backfires as Labour takes remarkable poll lead (July 13)

Ex BBC presenter exposes the dark side of Panorama’s ‘incredibly suspect’ episode on Corbyn (July 13)

Labour raises ‘serious concerns’ about a major BBC propaganda offensive about to be aired (July 8)

The BBC’s reaction to a ruling that it misled viewers shows why it cannot be trusted (July 3)

Appalled MP takes down BBC on air after host claims UK poverty ‘must be’ Labour’s fault (May 23)

BBC under fire for whitewashing history of Western coup-plotting in Iran (May 8)

BBC local election coverage was so biased, their own host couldn’t swallow it (May 5)

In less than three minutes, the BBC broadcasts seven apparent fabrications about Julian Assange (April 18)

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