The Scruton tapes revealed: Douglas Murray on how Twitterstorms are started, with words twisted and careers destroyed
‘The Scruton tapes revealed’. The story of how a dishonest journalist and an online mob tried to destroy Sir Roger Scruton
A fascinating analysis of an instance of the new type of character assassination that blew up and ended up discrediting the assassin instead
‘The hit job on Roger Scruton is a classic of the genre. Except that in this instance it unravelled, and the whole nature of the trick can now be exposed’.
'What we now desperately need is a counter-revolution based on the importance of individuals over mobs, the primacy of truth over offence, and the necessity of free-thought over this bland, dumb and ill-conceived uniformity.'
George Eaton's interview with Roger Scruton appears to have been intentionally edited to make his remarks sound far more sinister than they were in context. What is the New Statesman going to do about this?
What ⁦⁩ really said, by ⁦⁦⁩ . Now that the mendacity of ⁦⁩ has been exposed, will the government reinstate Sir Roger and apologize for the shameful way he was treated?
Deputy editor of magazine, , wrote a shocking story where a conservative philosopher & academic is quoted espousing “racist & homophobic“ views. got hold of the audio recording that Eaton didn’t want to release.
The Scruton Tapes: How a character assassination unfolded on Twitter, by
People should read this and then those involved should apologise to Scruton. Terrible journalism, terrible politics, terrible behaviour.
Remember the mob that led to ’s sacking? Well, got hold of the tapes. What follows is an embarrassment to the &an indictment of ’s (literal) champagne swigging, leftwing activist ethics. Shame on him
The chillling story of how one of Britain's leading philosophers was blatantly misrepresented by a politically-motivated journalist, but still hounded out of his job by pitchfork-wielding MPs and Twitter offendotrons. Britain, 2019.
Hatchet jobs are nothing new, but in the Twitter age the temptation to prioritise activism over journalism is too great for some. Excellent work by in holding the to account for its appalling interview with Roger Scruton.
.'s comparison of what Roger Scruton actually said with what says he said is devastating for Eaton, and provides an object lesson in the danger of jumping to conclusions after hearing just one side of the case.
The wrong done to Roger Scruton, and to the causes of journalistic decency and truth, needs to be righted. Sir Roger should be restored to office. The Tory cowards who sacked him should apologize.
Excellent piece by unpicking the New Statesman's crude hatchet job on Sir . I had missed that Lord Finkelstein joined the Jacobins. But then I suppose he is a terrible wet & a pal of Osborne's.
From re , a read to make the blood boil.
Even now, the Scruton scandal is still developing. Here’s the original: Douglas Murray’s expose, now with full transcript and audio of the leaked original interview.
You may not like Roger Scruton’s views on various things, but the way George Eaton’s article manipulated the interview with him is pretty disgraceful, if this article is right
What's the argument that George Eaton shouldn't be fired?
'Our world is replete with complex matters that need discussing. We need philosophers, thinkers and even politicians of courage to help us find our way through this.'
"We live in the age of character assassination". A vivid reminder that social media pile-ons, although they may generate a frisson of self-righteousness among those who take part, are symptomatic of deep problems in our culture.
George Eaton - Egregious liar, fake journalist, New Statesman gutter dag, exposed as a piece of mendacious shit; Douglas Murray in the Speccie
If Roger Scruton can be sacked from his job for NOT saying the things he’s accused of saying, what should happen to the journalist who twisted and misrepresented his words? The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job - by
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job. Wonderful read by ⁦⁩ The power of the Twitter mob. They destroy people’s lives while believing themselves to be doing good: cognitive dissonance.
This is a British case, but I hope people in North America read this. From a journalistic POV, it's beyond shocking.
'The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job' by reveals that not only did maliciously quote mine Roger Scrutton, but he also omitted statements that contradict Eaton's accusations of racism, anti-Semitism etc...
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The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
The sacking of Roger Scruton: this may be the most egregious example of social media mob justice yet.
“Our world is replete with complex matters that need discussing. We need philosophers, thinkers and even politicians of courage to help us find our way through this. We live in the age of character assassination.”
The mob, having culled, moves on.
“What we now desperately need is a counter-revolution based on the importance of individuals over mobs, the primacy of truth over offence, and the necessity of free-thought over this bland, dumb and ill-conceived uniformity.” Hear, bloody, hear.
‘What we now desperately need is a counter-revolution based on the importance of individuals over mobs, the primacy of truth over offence”....
This piece by my colleague should be stapled to the forehead of anyone who’s fired a good person for a controversial opinion.
George Eaton should really be fired for that Roger Scruton hit-job. These distortions are just inexcusable—kudos to for exposing them.
"What we now desperately need is a counter-revolution based on the importance of individuals over mobs, the primacy of truth over offence, and the necessity of free thought over this bland, dumb and ill-conceived uniformity."
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
Those that exempt themselves from standards they demand of others tend to lean to awfulness. It seems clear at this point that is the kind of person he would presume to warn others about. "The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job"
"Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society."