Critic overlooks moral location of Baz Bamigboye’s scoops.
I was disappointed to read Matt Trueman’s Opinion piece for The Stage: ‘Baz Bamigboye’s envious critics overlook hard journalistic graft.’
In it he disapproves of my recent Open Letter to London Theatre PRs – asking them to address their relationship with The Daily Mail. My open letter was not an attack on Baz’s credentials as a journalist. However, Baz and the Mail are inextricably linked
Envious critics overlook the hard journalistic graft of Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam), says @matttrueman https://t.co/UgvFJooLNF pic.twitter.com/fj08JlyC0Z
— The Stage (@TheStage) February 27, 2018
Trueman writes: “My colleague Mark Shenton regularly tweets his dissatisfaction at what he deems preferential treatment, while blogger Carl Woodward recently called for a boycott of Baz’s column.”
Trueman refers to my blog as a ‘boycott’. It is not a boycott. His use of the term boycott reveals a distinct lack of the understanding of the English vocabulary.
He continues: “To suggest as Woodward does, that he (Baz) has all his “scoops handed over” by obliging press reps is not just naïve, but positively insulting.”
By the end of the last paragraph, however, something unexpected had happened. The article had become so pompous and self-righteous it was making me laugh. Quite a lot.
How so? Well, it’s purely down to the fact that this is not accurate arts journalism, obviously, it’s littered with political propaganda and is a contemptuous way to treat readers. Alan Lane brought some sense to proceedings with his response to Trueman’s article.
There’s an argument that given the expressed values of public subsidised theatres (theatres of sanctuary, equality and diversity values) any involvement with The Mail breaks their own codes of conduct.
See also free tickets to national critics that write sexist leery reviews. https://t.co/q2YyptulYF
— Alan Lane (@slunglowalan) February 27, 2018
I mean, really there’s no point in getting Trueman’s back up any further (for me, or anyone), since the last thing that anyone wants is for his stance on Baz having ‘exclusives’ to harden. I obviously hit a nerve.
As a result of today’s article Baz even dismissed his sources. The mind boggles.
Actually, I don’t even work with 90 % of the theatre publicists. I trust very few , the rest of them do their own thing which is fine by me because my main sources aren’t publicists ,whatever they say.
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) February 27, 2018
If one of our leading theatre critics wants to defend a right-wing tabloid that whips up hatred and bigotry, then fine. But I’m really tempted to suggest Trueman can take a run and jump.
Cheap journalism thrives on whipping up feelings. When we talk about tolerance it is a moving line – then there’s a grey area. In the heat of the moment I referred to Matt Trueman as witless and I was not entitled to do so. I have apologised for that.
APOLOGY: I apologise for referring to @Matttrueman as witless.
Cheap journalism thrives on whipping up feelings; i have removed it from the blog.
I still stand by #StopFundingHate in relation to the Mail. https://t.co/343OKFgtfb
— Carl Woodward (@mrCarlWoodward) 28 February 2018