The National Union of Journalists has commissioned a 9/11 ‘Troofer’ to work with an organisation that has partnered with Salafi jihadis to develop a handbook advising its members – the majority of working journalists – on how to report news relating to terrorism.
According to a story on the Bristol NUJ website, Tony Gosling, has been appointed to the NUJ’s National Ethics Council and has been tasked with developing the guide on reporting on terror published by the NUJ last November in association with “The Campaign Against Criminalising Communities” (CAMPACC), a group with close tiesto CagePrisoners.
CagePrisoners is at the centre of the current Amnesty storm. They support terrorist sympathisers like hate-preachers Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza and convicted terrorists like Sajid Badat who plead guilty to conspiring to place a explosive device on an aircraft.
Worse, Gosling is a 9/11 ‘Troofer’ who runs the biggest UK website for conspiracy nuts. Quite why the NUJ promoted him to their ethics committee after the revelations about his homophobia, antisemitism and his involvement is the “Truth” movement is anyone’s guess.
Gosling is singularly unsuited for the task. A paranoid delusional, he’s had bizarre Hitchcockian run-ins with the law himself, and has fallen under the spell of another 9/11 Troofer called Webster G Tarpley, who calls himself a “Terrororolgist”. Tarpley churns out books and tours the world insisting that terrorist attacks, including 9/11 and 7/7 are all “false flag” operations, a view Gosling largely shares.
Now, I know it is frustrating and slightly maddening to have to ask this, but:
Why did Britian’s largest union of journalists engage a person like Gosling to write a handbook on terror reporting?
Here you have a man who creates wild conspiracy theories denying terrorism even exists, and he’s working with associates of known terrorist sympathisers apparently to produce the manual guiding how terror-related issues are reported in the British Press!
One article in a Bristol Community Radio newsletter describes Gosling as “a driving force behind new media guidelines designed to ensure high standards when it comes to covering terrorist incidents.”
How the hell did this happen?
And how on earth did this bigoted little snot, with an hallucinogenic take on reality, get appointed to the Ethics Committee of a major media union in the first place?
It would be a huge relief if the NUJ could tell us that this appointment is just another one of Gosling’s delusions, that the article appeared on their website by some administrative or editorial oversight and that – contrary to indications – sanity is still very much in evidence at the Journalist’s Union.