SILENCING THE JOURNALIST AND CRITICS – Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, stop the dog barking with his big juicy bone… that is the immortal opening line of the famous poem by W.H. Auden.
It tells a story of the end and how life is meaningless without the one you love by your side; it is the sum of all our fears; (to quote Tom Clancy) being left alone, shut off and removed from everything we hold dear.
I am surprised that more and more people, especially so-called journalists, find it offensive when someone provides an opinion because it is these very opinions that make us feel part of something, it gives us meaning and makes us feel truly alive.
According to some journalists, and even some readers, I’m a communist, a bigot, a racist and that my articles are not worthy of being published.
As my regular readers are fully aware I am indeed none of the above but rather just an individual who wants to give an opinion on the world news. I have never; no not once, purported that I was a journalist nor have any formal qualifications’ for the construction or manipulation of words – you could say I’m just a plain talker.
Oh, I nearly forgot I’m also a ‘capitalist’ pig; due to the fact that I think Meebal.com should be a commercial entity. If capitalism is so bad why does anyone bother to work? Capitalism, I have heard is manipulative and enslaves others but quite frankly you wouldn’t be reading this right now on your computer, laptop, mobile phone or tablet if capitalism didn’t exist.
The truth is, without people like me in the world, you would probably still be living in a cave and scratching a living from the dirt…. Ug!
I was recently attacked by a number of journalists who, it appears, would rather my right to free speech and freedom of expression was stifled or better still laid to rest.
“I can’t respect your opinion; that would only encourage you to having one.” Journalist View of Meebal.com
In the fifty years I have been on this planet I can tell you that your right and my right to freedom of speech and expression is the singular most important thing we have for without it we are lost and we are therefore ultimately ruled by a select few where only their views and opinions count.
So let me tell you the events over the last couple of days; as this will enlighten you to why I have written this particular article…
It all started the other day when a newly graduated journalist was looking for work and posted a question on LinkedIn. I thought it would be a good idea to give this guy a ‘helping hand’ by offering to him to write for Meebal.com and earn money through a ‘pay-per-reader’.
I would have loved to have been able to offer him, and many others, a salaried job; but that’s difficult when starting out and even more so when you start out without proper funding.
The young chap was NOT the one to admonish me but rather the attack came from a number of other so-called ‘journalist’; who decided to attack my integrity and above all the content on meebal.com; calling it everything from clap-trap to yellow journalism. Well, we all have our opinions and in the spirit of free speech I certainly welcomed their views.
The attack has not yet ceased and I continue to get messages that are obviously questioning my integrity and my motives.
This leads me to wondering if I should have bothered making an offer in the first place. Yes in all honesty the offer of work was on a ‘pay-per-reader’ basis but that’s only because Meebal.com is not a large news corporation but rather one person providing news and opinions.
Should I withdraw my offer? For now I’ll leave it open and let the free-thinking individuals decide whether the offer is reasonable or not but one thing is for sure; I will not allow other journalists or critics to admonish me when they have little courage other than writing mainstream factual regurgitated articles that are so similar from one major news source to another it is obvious they all come out of the same school; a school that has made them devoid of any passion or more importantly a valid opinion.
Before you go watch the video above – this is a typical response from a journalist who refuses to give a personal opinion due to the fear that the public and his peers would think less of him or that an opinion would in some way detract from journalistic integrity. For me writing is about creating a debate and the only way to start a debate is to provide an opinion. Just remember it’s just a view and idea and as much as you may like to attack that opinion try to give your own; but in a constructive way so that your own opinion can be discussed.
We cannot, as a species, continue to evolve without healthy and open debate and therefore if you want mainstream news then this is readily available but if you want something with a view then meebal.com is the place for you.
What do you think of meebal.com? Please leave your comments below and remember it’s OK to express your open and honest opinion, in fact it’s your right. If you want to write for meebal.com then check-out the link at the very top of the page ‘submit news’.