Kimi Chaddah writes in Gal-Dem about the Tory government’s use of social media to attack journalists for simply doing their job.
These Tory attempts to delegitimise journalists parallel the accusatory tone of internet call out culture, which thrives on sowing doubt. Ministers publicly draw attention to individual journalists, rather than a faceless publication, deliberately drawing negative attention their way and attempting to enact a digital â€œpile onâ€ that calls into question the accuracy of their reporting â€“ and attacks their personal character. While it may not be as overt as telling somebody they should be â€œfiredâ€ or proposing the concept of â€œalternative factsâ€, the spectre of Donald Trump haunts British politics. Although the government is not publicly unleashing humiliating verbal tirades where individual reporters are told theyâ€™re â€œterribleâ€, â€œfakeâ€ and â€œnastyâ€, the goal â€“ to discredit all journalists who donâ€™t toe the government line â€“ is the same.