The editor of a pro-independence news outlet has defended an article that covered the launch of a website set up by Scottish Labour activists.
Angela Haggerty, who edits Common Space, took to twitter to hit back at independence supporters who criticised what they saw as the promotion of pro-Labour website Red Robin.
In a tweet, Haggerty said the Common Space article was in fact “flagging” the existence of the Labour site which she claimed could be evidence that Jeremy Corbyn’s party was targeting former Labour voters the party lost during the 2014 Indyref campaign.
Haggerty, who also writes for the Sunday Herald, said: “I reckon it could be significant that Labour is targeting a new media audience in Scotland. Why? Because it could indicate they’re targeting the indy audience they lost in 2014. Others in indy media who ‘attack’ us for flagging this should perhaps spend more time looking ahead.”
The row follows the publication of an article on Common Space that covered the launch of a website set up to promote news and views from a Scottish Labour perspective. According to Labour MSP Neil Findlay, the site will cover “all things Scottish Labour”.
Contrary to the claim by its editor, Common Space messages appeared to be designed to welcome and raise awareness of the new site.
A tweet by Common Space said: “@redrobinscot a new media outlet which aims to bring news and views from the Scottish Labour party and the left in Scotland, has promised readers it will “find the stories powerful people don’t want you to see”.”
Haggerty herself tweeted: “Red Robin website joins Scotland’s new media scene…”
One article on the new Labour site contained a list of the party’s top twenty target seats at the next Westminster election. A graphic singled out the top ten. All of the seats are currently held by the SNP.
The ‘Red Robin’ twitter account contained criticisms of the SNP as well as attack on SNP MP Mhairi Black. The account also contained several retweets of the Common Space article, one which contained a message of thanks to Common Space for “covering our launch”.
The Common Space and its editor are no strangers to controversy. In July last year both editor and site attacked another pro-independence website Wings Over Scotland over a defamation case the Wings’ editor had brought against then Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. The spat resulted in a backlash against the Common Space which allegedly hit the site’s then funding appeal.
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