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Kathy’s TCW week in review 


MY TCW week once again began with feelings of irritation. I guess I am just too easily triggered! A friend asked me on Monday whether I had heard of the Global Disinformation Index. ‘Yes, I have’, I said. ‘You’re talking about Freddie Sayers’s expose which I discussed the other week in this column‘. There’s a ‘big leader in the Times,’ he went on, still as though he was telling me for the first time, ‘it’s run by a woman who worked formerly for Soros. Shocking. You need to launch an attack on the woman running it!’

Sorry, but no. I will leave that campaign to the ‘catch-up’ Times now they’ve woken up to the fact that the state censorship establishment might come after their insufficiently woke selves too: ‘Self-appointed monitors of news accuracy such as the Global Disinformation Index can undermine objective reporting by penalising sites they disagree with’, the leader read. Oh, the irony! 

This is from a newspaper which like all the others took the king’s shilling to shut down debate on lockdown and vaccination from the start. Which we, not they, reported in February 2021. Did the once illustrious but now fallen Times ever publish an article like this, ‘Wreckage upon wreckage; lie upon lie?’ No, of course they didn’t. They were too busy publishing pro-government propaganda articles like the double-page spread (March 2021) that Professors Martin Neil and Norman Fenton reminded us of on Thursday. Tom Whipple, the Times science editor who wrote it, didn’t just assure us that ‘the Oxford vaccine was 100 per cent effective’ but launched a full-scale attack on the ‘bizarre claim’ of four Queen Mary University of London academics that the jab could kill. Two of these academics were Martin and Norman. Not so bizarre as it turned out. The Times still have this man as their science editor. He has not apologised. Nor has his editor, Tony Gallagher.

Instead the paper pontificates about self-appointed monitors of news accuracy such as the Global Disinformation Index undermining ‘objective reporting’. What objective reporting is that? Several Times journalists, including Mr Whipple, seem pretty well equipped to work for the GDI without any further training. George Grylls is another Times reporter who has been hot on tracking down ‘disinformation’. Take his October 1922 report on the first Vaccine Safety Debate in Westminster Hall, that failed every test of decent journalism, ‘misrepresented and defamed Sir Christopher Chope and several other MPs and smeared Oracle Films, the makers of Safe and Effective: A Second Opinion, one of the most exceptional and important pieces of documentary journalism to have been produced in this country in years, and which ‘demonised and dismissed anyone who believes we need an inquiry into vaccine safety as “anti-vaxxers” – a negative aspersion designed to cast reasonable and rationally based anxieties as unreasonable’, as I wrote in these pages at the time. His article was just one of this so-called journalist’s attacks on ‘anti-vaxxers’ that the Times saw fit to publish.

The bottom line, as I tried to explain to my surprisingly ingenuous friend, is that the Times itself is part of the global censorship system. What did they have to say when the government announced their own ‘Counter Disinformation Cell’ at the start of lockdown? Nothing. Have they reported the story Breitbart broke recently that Google is stepping up efforts to combat online ‘misinformation’ with a new ‘prebunking’ initiative; that the upcoming EU elections will ‘likely serve as a dry run for Google’s attempts to influence the 2024 presidential election’? No. Because that’s all right if it is to stop Trump. Paul Homewood gave an example in a short but brilliant article on TCW last week on how badly the British public is being ‘misinformed about Donald Trump’s so-called hush money trial’. 

Whenever my equilibrium gets upset like this and I need to reassure myself that I am not unduly cynical and confirm that I am not going mad, I seek succour in my favourite US websites. It did the trick for me last week. The Federalist had a cracker with ‘Whatever U.S. Elites Are Defending In Ukraine, It Isn’t Democracy’. And if you are bemused by the sudden conversion of American students (and students round the world) en masse to anarcho-communist-jihadism you need go no further than this Tablet investigation for the explanation. It found a decentralised network of embedded agitators ‘politically and financially supported by a vast web of progressive nonprofits, NGOs, foundations, and dark-money groups ultimately backed by big-money donors aligned with the Democratic Party’. So there you have it. Once again governments and establishments are inciting civil war. Reported by the Times? You tell me. Zero Hedge is another go to. ‘West’s Government’s Need War . . . because their debts are no longer sustainable‘ I doubt is a headline you’ll find in our mainstream press.

IMHO there are very few sites that compare with TCW for content and analysis, that stay on the front line of the culture wars, maintain an all-round scepticism, uphold old-fashioned journalistic principles, yet don’t protest their non-conspiracy credentials to stay on the right side of media ‘respectability’ – or what counts for it. I think we, TCW, are pretty much on our own in this country. Which makes it so dispiriting to meet people who have not heard of us or read us. Last week I found myself at an event having to explain again what I do and what the site is. But without the money to run a big marketing campaign (contrary to our image and the belief of some readers, we have no big funders but punch above our weight on mainly small voluntary donations), I don’t know how to get us better known and expand our readership. Your ideas would be welcome, because once more I find myself looking anxiously at the TCW bank account to see what we will have left at the end of this month when our essential regular payments have gone out. It is, believe me, stressful.

I also find it distressing and depressing that someone like Nigel Farage who could give us a boost never does. I don’t believe he has ever shared even one of our articles on Twitter with his many followers – even the ones about him! Yet I have been told by researchers at GB News that he has, in the past anyway, often sung our praises. However, not being a mean-minded woman, whatever my other faults are, I am about to praise him and his latest initiative because it is a timely and important one. The best news of the week is that he has agreed to front a national campaign to stop the WHO pandemic treaty.

Some churlish commentators have said it is a bit eleventh hour, a bit too late. But no – Farage was Mr Brexit. If he becomes Mr Whexit there is hope for us all. Everyone should sign up. I have.

Finally, our best wishes for a full recovery to the brave Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, who almost alone amongst Europe’s politicians was adamant in his opposition to the covid ‘vaccines’,  after the appalling assassination attempt on him last week which, thank God, he survived. 

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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