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Jody McIntyre: Russia Today is “drop of balance in sea of propaganda”

Protester and disability activist Jody McIntyre, whose Independent blog was axed last month after he incited his Twitter followers to join the London riots, has described the Kremlin-funded TV channel Russia Today as “a drop of balance in a sea of propaganda” for its coverage of the events in Libya last night.

Hitting out at the mainstream media in a post on his personal blog, McIntyre writes of:

“A psychological war, a media conflict … a battle to manufacture our consent. Even last night, from the BBC to Al-Jazeera, the flow of misinformation was as rampant as it has been for weeks on end.”

While the BBC and Al-Jazeera may have been scooped by Sky News, their record on “misinformation” hardly to compares to that of Russia Today. During the 2008 war in South Ossetia, correspondent William Dunbar resigned after being forced to present relentlessly Russophile coverage, while the station was slammed by Human Rights Watch for exaggerating Russian casualties.

We look forward to seeing how RapInfo, Russia’s state-funded rap news channel, will tackle the ongoing events.

Jody McIntyre dumped as Independent blogger after riot comments

In a move likely to cause not inconsiderable consternation in some quarters, protester and disability activist Jody McIntyre has been defenestrated by The Independent for comments such as this:

PCC receives 1,000 complaints over Daily Mail Jody McIntyre column

The Press Complaints Commission has now received “approximately 1,000″ complaints against an article in the Daily Mail about disabled tuition fees protester Jody McIntyre. A YouTube video showing McIntyre being dragged from his wheelchair by police caused uproar when it appeared online two days ago.

The offending column, from unconscionable turd Richard Littlejohn, concludes by comparing the activist to wheelchair user Andy from Little Britain’s “Andy and Lou” sketches:

Where do you want to go today, Jody?’
‘Riot.’
‘Are you sure? Wouldn’t you rather go to hear Bob Crow speak at the Methodist Central Hall. You like Bob Crow.’
‘Yeah, I know.’
‘So, we’ll go there, eh?’
‘Riot!’
‘Ken Livingstone will be there, too. He’s your favourite.’
‘Riot!’
‘All right, then.’
Five minutes later at the riot . . .
‘Don’t like it.’

As if this weren’t tasteless enough, the piece was accompanied by the following cartoon:

Autocue reader Ben Brown subsequently drew fire for his aggressive questioning of McIntyre on BBC News. Auntie pressers refused to provide Scrapbook with a figure on the number of complaints received due to the “obvious evidence of lobbying” online.

The mainstream media have hardly covered themselves in glory here.

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