Given the vitriol that’s been poured out in recent weeks regarding Julian Assange, so it will come as no surprise that the Guardian will offer the same wagging finger towards criminal fugitive Paul Watson. Oh, my mistake. They love his ass.
Lets be very clear about what Paul Watson was charged with. In 2002 when Watson was taking part in the filming of “Sharkwater” (a documentary) he was involved in an altercation with another ship in Guatemalan waters. Watch the trailer…
Given the levels of bravado and machismo on display here, I can very easily see this happening. What’s more disturbing is that the other vessel claim Watson tried to kill them.
Lack of evidence results in Watson being charged with violating navigation regulations. But he legged it, Asange style, and was only caught after Costa Rica requested Germany detain him. So he had to pay EURO 250,000 bail and report to a police station every week. Guess what! He’s done a runner.
But then this isn’t the only thing he’s wanted for. In fact Watson makes a habit of breaking the law, putting people’s lives in danger and then running away. All of which the Guardian is quite happy to not mention.
My point is this. If you’re going to have journalistic standards, make them the same for everybody. Does Watson’s environmental stance really out way his actions. When somebody dies as a result of Watson, what will the Guardian say then? They probably won’t report it.