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Wednesday 17 August 2011

Eye Spy Telegraph Shy

Issue 1295 of Private Eye arrived on the Zelo Street doorstep this morning – demonstrating at least that Crewe’s abysmal postal service is getting back to the level the rest of the UK calls normal – with an interesting item on blogging in the Street Of Shame column.

Someone from the Telegraph website appears to have been leaking information to the Eye about the way in which the occupants of the bear pit that is Telegraph blogland are encouraged to compete with one another for the attention of those drifting around the comments sewer.

According to the Eye, “Every writer is rated according to the number of hits their blog gets each month. Anyone who stays in the lowest 25 per cent for three months running is put on warning. Linger in the bottom quarter for a further three months and you get dropped”.

George Monbiot observes a Del Boy sneerfest

As the Eye points out, this tends to encourage the ranting and generally attention grabbing contributors. The article reveals, unsurprisingly, that top performer on Telegraph blogs is none other than James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole.

And equally unsurprising is the assessment of Del Boy by one of his fellow bloggers: “He’s always number one, because he really is batshit mad”.


g1lgam3sh said...

The batshit mad one is the one on the left.

Anonymous said...

The guy on the left is always the most sane. It's a time-tested rule of thumb.

Hohoho said...

"g1lgam3sh said...

The batshit mad one is the one on the left."

He'll go even more batshit when Perry becomes President next year.

Ed West said...

I can tell you for a fact none of that is true, except the bit that James gets among the most hits. dunno where the Eye got that info.

Tim Fenton said...

"I can tell you for a fact" sounds almost like you're channelling Mad Mel Phillips.

Just sayin' ...

Damocles said...

DT is strangely silent on responding to these allegations. Three possibilities:

It may be that they are dismissing them out of hand as nonsense.
It may be that they are pointing a legal team at Private Eye.
It may be that they are true.