Poor old Gavin, aside from his decision to sack TDBs Cartoonist Malcom Evans when he was the editor of the NZ Herald, he is one of the true bastions of journalism in this country and for daring to relax moderation standards on his Kiwi Journalists Facebook Page, has been attacked by the woke who believe a relaxation of moderation will allow for opinions and views to be published that will trigger the perpetually outraged…
I have been accused of being a “bullying, old, white man”. I emphatically deny the first but plead guilty to the remaining three charges as the truth stares back at me from the mirror.
The charges were laid when I called for less rigid interpretation of the rules I had helped to write for a social media page. No, you didn’t misread that: I called for a relaxation of moderation, not a tightening.
The accusation of bullying therefore left me confused but then a light went on in my head.
Of course! Bullying is when you say something with which someone else disagrees.
I was less confused about the use of age, ethnicity and gender as stinging rebukes because I’m getting used to it. Sticks and stones and so on. However, something about the way the four charges were laid has left me deeply worried.
I was going to say that I had become a victim of cancel culture, but I fear blood-stained Vladimir Putin sucked the legitimacy out of that indictment when he claimed the West was trying to “cancel” Russia and its history as it did to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling over statements on sexual identity.
I have been the recipient of a clear message that what I had to say has no value because it did not accord with the views of (I am led to assume) a majority, and I was out of touch with ‘reality’ because I conformed to unacceptable stereotypes. If that was insufficient to establish my unworthiness, I was also deemed to no longer be “a working journalist”.
Let’s remind Gavin of the holy trinity of woke identity politics dogma.
In the name of the non-binary mother, non-binary daughter and the monthly ghost: All white people are irredeemable racists, all men are rapists and anyone defending free speech is a uniform wearing Nazi.
There is absolutely no wriggle room in that mantra and by promoting objective journalism, Gavin is now the enemy who must now be destroyed.
This is what the Political Left spends its energy on now, micro aggression policing anyone who triggers them.
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