Truly appalling stuff from Kevin McKenna as he once again confuses the cosy consensus of the Unionist media with reality. What is being portrayed as extraordinary and vicious hounding of ‘The Foodbank Nurse’ by ‘cybernats’ was, in fact, no more than people asking the obvious if awkward questions that professional journalists should be asking, but rarely do.
Let’s bear in mind that this woman willingly, knowingly, even eagerly put herself and her claims into the public spotlight. She was not the victim of some malicious exposé. She actively sought the attention she got. She is no innocent victim. Or, if she is, then she’s the victim of her own clumsy amateur politicking. Or, perhaps, of conniving BBC programme-makers.
In all the self-righteous pontificating on this matter by politicians and journalists – Kevin McKenna being far from the first to offer a distorted perspective and an ill-informed opinion – little or no attention has been paid to the crux of the matter. In fact, considerable effort has been expended on avoiding the core questions. The only ones showing any interest in whether ‘The Foodbank Nurse’ was telling the truth, or the extent to which she was set up by the BBC, are those now being vilified by thoughtless hacks like McKenna.
Let’s be clear about this. When an individual freely elects to make a claim of fact in a very public forum, it is perfectly legitimate to scrutinise that claim. Merely questioning the veracity of the claim is not even remotely similar to the kind of witch-hunt being portrayed by the likes of Kevin McKenna. And if the even tackier elements of the media have stooped to such depths in their pursuit of cheap sensationalism and tawdry titillation, that has absolutely bugger all to do with those who are simply seeking the truth of the matter.
And why is it that politically engaged individuals feel they have to ask the meaningful questions and seek relevant information through social media? Because they know full well that they cannot rely on professional journalists to ask those questions or make any kind of investigation! They’re all too busy trying to whip up misdirected hysteria in the service of a political agenda.