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Ally Fogg @AllyFogg
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By some distance, the most catastrophically anti-democratic thing that British political media has done over *decades* is to frame political activism of tens of thousands of people as insignificant & non-newsworthy, while obsessing over the remarks of individual politicians.
James Ball there is just regurgitating received wisdom of the political establishment, they've convinced each other that marches, demos & rallies are insignificant & not newsworthy. It's one of the major reasons why they misread the Corbyn's 17 election campaign so profoundly
The Guardian's readers editor admitted a few years ago that it is the paper's policy not to cover demonstrations unless they turn violent. And that's the Guardian.
Tony Benn often pointed out that major marches (eg Aldermaston) would not only dominate front pages, papers would also run extensive quotes from speeches at the rally, in EXACTLY the same way that political media now extensively quote what a politician said on #Marr or #Peston >
The effect of that, of course, is that the political gatekeepers then retain total control of who is making the news, what points they address, what statements are considered significant. We can't have the great unwashed masses meddling in such stuff, can we?
Final point: "They happen frequently."

As if PMQs, Today programme interviews, party press releases & all the rest of the razzmatazz of politics weren't a lifelong eternal fucking Groundhog Day.
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