There was a point, after much private discussion with Hamish Alcorn at Webdiary, that I was willing to publish, for what ever my little ol’ blog is worth, some kind of ‘retraction’ of my earlier notes titled ‘Margo Kingston’s Webdiary Caves in to the Right-Wing’. I’m wondering now if I was not right in the first place and that Margo Kingston has indeed caved in to the right-wing – it certainly seems so as of today!
During the other day (12 October 2005) and yesterday there had been much debate on Margo Kingston’s Webdiary about the discussion of ‘conspiracy theories’. The right-wing has made a concerted effort to discourage such discussion and, at this stage, it looks as though Margo and her team have caved in yet again.
Some arrogant editor on Webdiary named ‘David’ has been adjudicating the stream of posts on the subject and has deigned himself qualified somehow to see himself fit to decide what is published and what is not in matters relating to so-called ‘conspiracy theories’. He enlightens us of his intentions with remarks such as this: “We take our own decisions on what to publish and what not…”, reminiscent somewhat of a certain Prime Minister’s equally arrogant remarks regarding who and who does not come to Australia!
The bottom line is; freedom of speech has yet again been curtailed by the right-wing on Margo Kingston’s Webdiary, a project that started off with so much promise, but has succumbed to forces that even it doesn’t understand. And why doesn’t it understand? FEAR! Fear of losing the right-wing from Webdiary and the fear of some mysterious ‘very powerful people’ that Margo for some reason has also given in to. One has to wonder who these ‘very powerful people’ are.
So much for freedom of speech. Again, what a shame! Another good idea down the tube. The right-wing wins again and Margo and team show their true colours!