The editors stated: “the women’s press is a large hadron collider of bullshit and that something needed to be done”. Cosslett describes The Vagenda as “a media watchdog with a feminist angle”
Yesterday the pair behind the Vagenda, Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett had a pair of articles in The Guardian. Cosslett wrote a piece where she discussed how career advisors were useless and she agreed with Micheal Gove, while Baxter wrote a piece saying that a rich man can happily use Kickstarter to fund their vanity project, but a musician,Dev Hynes, who saw his home burn down which included his work, most of his possessions and his puppy and saw his girlfriend’s mother start a crowdfund to help him was essentially a step too far.
Both articles are hateful, despicable examples of the worst sort of vile clickbait journalism that sites like Vagenda use, and papers desperate for clicks (as The Guardian is) pump out. This has been the case for the last few years, but yesterday saw a double whammy which dragged the reputation of The Guardian well and truly in the gutter as not only is the position of mocking crowdfunding a tad hypocritical from people who benefited from it themselves, but it makes the position of ‘journalist’ trival.
Cosslett could have researched her piece. She instead decided to use anecdotal evidence to say it was the case for everyone. Baxter could have Tweeted or contacted Hynes to find out what was going on. She didn’t as that would have involved spending some time researching the piece and also, that might have challenged her opinions, which she clearly feels outweigh anything else.
The problem is that it’s all fine and well getting bloggers to fill in for journalists, but when bloggers who only know how to get clicks suddenly talk about issues that involves research, or even a little bit of decency then it fails to be anything but essentially trolling the public.I do think however they don’t need to apologise because any apology is utterly worthless as they mean what they say, otherwise they wouldn’t have written it in the first place.
You do have to question why The Guardian continues to employ the pair, but then again they get the clicks but when you have Cheryl Cole being on the moral high ground then you’ve got to question their future.
There’s a lot online about this, especially on Twitter but the best summary of it is Holy Moly’s (and yes, when they have the moral high ground you’re really fucked) account here.