Cock Walking

One day you’re cock of the walk, the next a feather duster’ reads the strapline on Piers Morgan’s Twitter profile.

More like, ‘One day you’re cock of the walk, the next a cock walking’. There, I’ve fixed it for you.

Morgan’s supporters have cohered behind the #TeamPiers banner although this does seem to have attracted a number of geeks with an unhealthy penchant for raised, offshore structures.

Putting aside the journalist’s trademark interruptive, emotive ranting that triggers even his own fans, he appears to have been punted for not retracting comments that Meghan Markle’s mental health claims were a heap of humming hogwash.

The strongest argument against Morgan’s stance is in fact not about the potential damage to mental health advocacy but that any convincing acting performance would have likely been beyond her. Nobody is making that point because the underlying fallacy is that any assertion of mental health issues must be true.

Appreciate the significance of that, and you will start to understand just how warped our social and political discourses have become.

This current teacup tizz is most certainly not about truth or lies, just opinion. And I would hazard tentative conjecture that Morgan has based his on the inseparable relationship between consistency and truth, based on his flagged his concerns at perceived poppycock and omissions in her account.

He may be right, or he may be wrong.

His opinion arguably does not harm the mental health cause if people are jumping on the bandwagon and using it as a free pass to evade scrutiny. Surely those crying wolf are the real villains here?

I have no opinion on Markle or on what she said, because having an opinion on her life makes no difference to mine, or indeed anybody’s.

The ostensible rationale for giving an interview is to allow the viewing public to make up their minds. So, why not let them toddle off and do that?

Of course, doing the do with Oprah amounts to client journalism on the largest stage. She never opted to cosy up with anybody in the Mike Wallace or even the Paxman mould. You might say that all Piers has done is test the veracity of this circus with some probes that ought to have been part of the chat in the first instance.

We’re still grappling with the racism allegations, or to be more precise with the evidence for this. The rationale for the attack on the mental health lobby will perplex us still further. It appears that we can no longer challenge popular belief just by suggesting that an account does not quite stack up.

Let’s get real – opinions should never outweigh other opinions outside the mind of the holder; all should be free to have them and voice them within the law.

But that is where we are right now. In time, the truth will out, and then the real tragedy will reveal itself.

It will all prove itself so inconsequential that nobody will give a toss anyway.

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