The popular monthly magazine iScot has been targeted in a social media attack by two prominent rival media figures.
In a tweet by Angela Haggerty, the magazine was criticised for retweeting a link to a story published by UkipDaily. Haggerty, who recently left Common Space to take up a new role as News Editor at the Sunday Herald, tweeted: “Jeezo, there’s yer iScot magazine retweeting links to “Ukip Daily” “.
She followed the tweet up by adding: “It’s been obvious for a while though that some within the fringe element of indy chat online lean towards the scary side of the right. What’s concerning about it is that sensible elements continue to retweet and give these folks prominence. It’s getting to crunch point now.”
Responding to the attack, the editor of iScot magazine hit back: “Rt’s are not endorsements – as you well know from the amount of times we’ve RT’d your comedy gold. Folk are smart enough to make up their own mind on what’s posted online and to see right through your distorted and twisted juvenile shit stirring antics.”
However the former Common Space editor wasn’t the only person to single out the magazine for attack. Prompted by Haggerty’s initial tweet, Bella Caledonia editor Mike Small waded in, tweeting: “Deeply worrying elements of Yes movement promoting UKIP/far right Syrian propaganda.”
This most recent attack on iScot follows similar attacks on other pro-Yes bloggers. It comes only days after Haggerty posted a bizarre tweet which included cryptic accusations levelled at former blogger GA Ponsonby. That tweet, which described Ponsonby as “poisonous” and “insidious”, followed another tweet several weeks ago where she claimed Ponsonby was obsessed with her.
“Do you think this crazily-obsessed-with-me middle aged guy realises that: A.) That’s just fucking weird dude B.) By his *own logic*, he’s spent the last couple of days doing nothing but “promoting” me by endlessly tweeting and writing articles? Gotta love the internet.”
Others to have faced the wrath of the former Common Space Editor include Wings Over Scotland editor Stuart Campbell. In a tweet posted in 2017, Campbell was compared to the disgusting misogynist ‘Brian Spanner’.
The attack on Campbell followed news that the blogger had initiated legal action against the then leader of Scottish Labour Kezia Dugdale after the MSP had accused Campbell of homophobia.
Also targeted during the same period was SNP MP Mhairi Black after the MP ‘liked’ tweets from Yessers who had defended Campbell’s action.
iScot is currently the only independently published monthly pro-independence hard-copy magazine. It regularly features articles written by former Herald journalist Robbie Dinwoodie and Wee Ginger Dug blogger Paul Kavanagh. The magazine is currently running a subscription drive.