Wings Over Scotland is one of the new media outlets that’s sprung up reporting on Scottish politics over the last few years. It has a reputation for reporting on the stories the mainstream media don’t, or scraping off the bullshit to uncover the truth. It does sometimes get things wrong, it does give the SNP a wee bit of an easier ride than I’d like and Stuart Campbell (the man behind the site) does sometimes enjoy rubbing people up the wrong way a wee bit too much.
It does however play an important and essential part of the new Scottish political spectrum and this morning the site’s Twitter account has been suspended.
Over the weekend Daily Express ‘journalist’ Siobhan McFadyen threw out an extraordinary article where she rewrote history in her own skewed image in an article so cringely wrong, that it looked like she was attracting attention to herself. Since then McFadyn has spent the weekend on Twitter trying hard to manufacture outrage and calling on Twitter support (and well and the New York Times and J.K Rowling, the latter giving away her intention) for help. This morning the Wings account has been suspended and she’s posted this on her Twitter feed.
This is a link to this article at The Times which is two years old, but a look at her Twitter feed reveals what looks like an attempt to attack independence supporters while suggesting she’s been the subject of abuse, which a look through her timeline does back up at all.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the suspension is an effect of McFadyen’s campaign over the weekend, and one has to point out that this is effectively the work of someone who seems to be wanting to silence dissenting voices. If it is then this is concerning and I hope we see the mainstream media throwing their hands up in outrage over this as they did over say, David Torrance’s flouncing from Twitter.
I’ll not hold my breath on that one.