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(not satire – it’s the UK press)

Contrary to popular belief, I’m much more of a cock-up and cover-up man than a conspiracy theorist.

However, I have noticed that I get trolled a lot – well a lot more than usual anyway – after I write something critical about the UK media.

Over the years, I’ve had more than a few threats of libel (idle ones to try to shut me up mostly) but I’ve noticed the threats very often come from journalists, not from politicians or others.

In fact, in my experience, national newspaper hacks have the thinnest skins imaginable and are the most likely to jump up and down threatening to sue at the drop of a hat.

Which is ironic considering how they think nothing of dishing it out day after day, often to the people least able to fight back.

The latest insults and the usual threats to “track me down” came after I wrote a blog post criticising the UK media for ignoring the March Against Austerity in London yesterday:

BBC and press ignore massive demonstration against austerity in London

If you look in the comments of my Facebook status which links to the blog post, you’ll see a typical example of the kind of trolling I get.

But even stranger is that the threats often come from media people – or their supporters – who are supposed to be anti-establishment.

I get attacked by people such as the Daily Express journalist Sonia Poulton, her partner Lee Ryan and now I’m apparently being “tracked down” by supposed anti-establishment film maker Bill Maloney who claims to be uncovering establishment paedophiles.

Why on earth are so-called anti-establishment campaigners and their circle of friends wasting their time threatening – to the point of obsession – an anti-establishment blogger like me?

Why are they not targeting the real villains – the corrupt politicians, the hidden interests of the money men and the powerful mainstream press?

Nothing to do with their close professional connections to the UK media I suppose?


Poulton Ryan Maloney threats


But no.

Like I say, I’m not all that much of a conspiracy theorist.

I think the real reason I’m being targeted is because journalists and the media in the UK are so arrogant that they just can’t stand anyone who dares to criticise them:

This is what you get when you dare to question a tabloid journalist in the UK

Beware online activists asking for money


No conspiracies here. I’m being targeted because of good old-fashioned arrogance, bullying and greed.


Related articles by Tom Pride:

BBC and press ignore massive demonstration against austerity in London

Disgusting abuse of kids by The Sun and Mail shows press self-regulation is toothless

Why we need press regulation – primary school teacher bullied by Daily Mail columnist is found dead

Murdoch attacks BBC when his own press abused a dead schoolgirl and her whole family?

Just 4 billionaire tax exiles – friends of Cameron – will benefit from weak press regulation

This is what you get when you dare to question a tabloid journalist in the UK

Daily Mail hack boasts about being able to ‘trace’ personal phone numbers of Twitter users

On-line trolling is being tamed – but the Tabloid Trolls are still rampant


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