Journalists must learn not judge everyone by their low moral standards

In January I wrote “My New Year wish is for everyone to think nicer“.

I was bemoaning the fact that so many journalists and bloggers have such a nasty, pessimistic view of life. One of the issues that was making me angry at the time is how the media was dumb enough to believe all of the vindictive ‘cash for honours’ allegations. I’m very pleased to say, if not very surprised, to say that I was right and the nasty pessimists were wrong. Despite an intensive police investigation no charges are to be brought against anyone.

What still makes me angry is that these journalists and bloggers are just the same and haven’t learnt anything. Why do they imply that everyone has the same low moral standards that they do? Is it because they they will only do good because there is something in it for them? Or do they think they are absolutely superior to everyone else? Why don’t they get that just because their mind is in the sewer, most people are good and better than that.

And what’s annoying is that the elements of the media that make these idiotic allegations aren’t representative of journalists as a whole. The vast majority of journalists working on regional, trade, consumer and specialist media are good, ethical people whose integrity is besmirched by the tiny minority who engage in nasty writing. It shouldn’t be called reporting as so many political stories are simply speculation and spin by journalists.

The vast majority of people in politics (of whatever party) are doing it as public servants who want to do something for society, for their country and to improve the world.

Which brings me to Angus MacNeil MP, who made the original complaint that triggered the police investigation. The police were only doing their job and shouldn’t be blamed, although there are probably serious questions that should be asked about the leaks and the ridiculous ‘dawn raid’ arrests. However, Angus MacNeil does deserve blame. He is an elected Member of Parliament and should have had a better understanding of the motivations of fellow politicians, of whatever party. His vindictive, party politically motivated complaint has brought politics into disrepute and if the SNP has any morality whatsoever then MacNeil must be disciplined and not allowed to stand for election for the SNP again.

UPDATE: Benjamin Wegg-Prosser has an interesting opinion, via Luke Akehurst.


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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.