Anybody that knows me, also knows that I care passionately about people’s right to express themselves in any way they see fit, however disagreeable that expression may appear to others, and that I also believe that Freedom Of Speech, especially when you write on the Internet, also carries a level of responsibility and there are lines which should not be crossed.
When you cross those lines, you immediately lose that right to express yourself freely, and should fully expect and accept gracefully, the negative reactions you will undoubtably receive in response.
The article I have republished below is a case in question.
The recipient of a rather scathing commentary by LBC presenter Steve Allen, which was broadcast live on the 28th August 2015, was the result of a knee-jerk response to something that was correctly dealt with by the justice system, and which was not only highly offensive to thousands of ordinary, decent people, but was also inaccurate, and wholly unnecessary.
Although I do not entirely agree with a number of the comments that were broadcast, namely: “I’d have him hanging from gallows, ladies and gentlemen”, and “when you see him out throw things at him – bricks would be nice”, Steve Allen in my opinion – was simply expressing an opinion, albeit very publicaly, that was shared by a large number of people.
Having personally been the subject of a number of wholly innacurate, threatening, personally insulting and cruelly callous articles, by the very same man who Steve Allen described as: “He’s a nasty piece of work this one is, a vile piece of filth and a stupid pathetic waste of space”, I can also testify to the type of unsubstantiated nonsensical claims, crackpot theories and outright lies this man publishes online on a daily basis.
I have written about him previously on the Outlaw, where I provided what evidence I could, which not only completely destroyed one of the many, many lies he has published about both myself and my family, but also gave him ample opportunity to present any evidence he claimed to have held, with which to back up any of his ludicrous claims.
I received no response.
That aside, I now ignore the man completely – even though he continues publishing whatever rubbish he thinks makes him an authority on every subject known to mankind, liberally peppered with profanity, and gratuitous, degenerate imagery – and I can fully understand the sheer frustration and visible anger that increasing numbers of people feel, in regard to his online behaviour.
It is my understanding that the loyal ‘followers’ of this man are now outraged at what they see as a personal and entirely unwarranted ‘attack’ on their alternative media hero, behaviour which is, I believe highly hypocritical, especially when they also condone comments left on his site by commentators such as ‘Nailtown Slim‘, which suggest that ‘a whip round be arranged among them so a hemp rope can be purchased and smuggled into a prison – with the intention that somebody takes their own life’….
I was made aware that the comment shown above, was among a large number of others that regulary discuss both myself and this site, and the general consensus was that the above comment was directly referring to both myself and the journalist Sonia Poulton.
So please excuse my cynicism, and why I feel entirely justified in referring to the sheer bloody hypocrisy at the outrage shown towards Steve Allen and his radio comments, by the very people who not only applaud the foul, vacuous and often vicious commentary regularly posted on that site, but are also openly encouraged to do so – by the site owner and it’s moderators.
I am also aware that there are a few people out there, who will see the article below as the alternative media being directly attacked by the mainstream, but I will disagree with that, on a number of points:
- That publishing something online that disputes the ‘official’ version of any given event is perfectly acceptable – (IE: False Flags) but attacking and attempting to publicly humiliate and encourage others to stalk, threaten and harrass innocent members of somebody’s family in a twisted attempt to ‘prove what you believe to be a conspiracy’ – is certainly not.
- Genuine people within the alternative media have no need to launch personal attacks and threaten those who happen to disagree with them. They rely on research and the ability to write coherently and persuasively.
- Believing that a verbal attack on Chris Spivey is an attack on the whole of the Alternative media and the Truth Movement, is also incorrect in my opinion, as the majority of those who operate within the AM umbrella, (and are genuine truth seekers) have also been attacked and insulted by Mr Spivey and his moderators on a number of occasions, and as such the greater majority of them have severed their previous connections with him.
“OF COURSE WE TEACH FREEDOM OF SPEECH
BUT SAY AS WE SAY AND NOT AS WE PREACH
WE KNOW YOUR SORT, YOU LITTLE GUTTERSNIPE
DON’T GIVE US NONE OF THAT SHIT”
“Can’t say ‘CRAP’ on the radio” – Stiff Little Fingers 1983
STEVE ALLEN IN BREACH OF BROADCASTING CODE.
February 8, 2016 Posted by NewsonRadio
LBC presenter Steve Allen has been found in breach of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, according to a report released today.
Steve was found in breach of Ofcom Rule 2.3 for potentially offensive material, whilst at the same time, the broadcaster regulator said he was not in breach of Rule 3.2 for material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime.
The rulings were based on a broadcast made on the 28th August last year, when Steve was talking about Chris Spivey, who had recently been given a six-month, suspended sentence for posting offensive comments on social media sites about the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s in 2013, which amounted to the harassment of Rigby’s family.
During the programme, Steve said:
“He’s quite clearly not only immensely stupid but thick at the same time. I’d have had him hanging from gallows, ladies and gentlemen”.
“We know all about internet trolls because they are generally people with mental health issues. This particular one here is a menacing looking bloke. He’s a nasty piece of work this one is. His name is Chris Spivey”.
“When you see him out throw things at him – bricks would be quite nice”.
“I’d have had him banged up immediately. He looks like he would enjoy a bit of prison life with a few other men”.
“You vile piece of filth … You stupid pathetic waste of space. People like you need taking out and just pushing off the end of the pier somewhere. Let you swim, preferably as far out as you can possibly get”.
“So you’ll like it then when I call, Chris, for people to egg you in the street and throw eggs at you, you know, because you are a vile piece of work. What a disgusting person you are. I hope to God he doesn’t live next to any of you – he’s in Essex”.
“What an ugly person … Perhaps we can come and daub things on the outside of your house?”
Bosses at LBC defended Steve’s words, claiming they were tongue-in-cheek, and that the broadcaster has a “particular presenting style and tone that his audience were very familiar with”. They continued, that listeners would have “noted from his particularly acerbic delivery that the comments were not meant literally and thus would not have likely to be offensive …”
Ofcom ruled that the comments had the potential to cause offence to listeners, which is a breach of Rule 2.3, but took the view that listeners would have been unlikely to take it literally and act upon, and noted that Steve Allen’s remarks did not amount to any call to action.
Ofcom said: “Because we concluded that Steve Allen’s comments were unlikely to encourage or incite crime or lead to disorder, there was no breach of Rule 3.2 in this case”.