The lack of up-to-date news in the Evening Standard (aka London Daily Bozza) has been highlighted by a piece by Richard Godwin on anonymous Tweeters, which he elevates to the status of “secret Twitter stars”. But one of those “secret stars” has been unmasked this week, as I noted earlier. And Dennis Rice, the former hack behind the Tabloid Troll account, is not happy about his situation.
Sadly, Rice is as good at getting his ducks in a line as he is with his “journalism”. So snarking “Zelo who?”, having already blocked me, merely reinforces his lack of credibility, as does the protestation “I am a tabloid hack first and last”, which he is not, having left his last post in real journalism some years back. But the faux gesture of defiance may persuade the more gullible.
And then comes his explanation for deleting his blog “revelations” about Rich Peppiatt, whose sole crimes have been to get out of the business with his dignity intact, and be moderately successful afterwards. “I have made my point(s) and want to move on” he tells, in true Tony Blair style. But bloggers don’t, generally, go round wiping their back catalogues. There’s too much useful reference stuff in mine.
In any case, the defiant Tabloid Troll wants everyone to know that he’s considerably more important than they are. “My words in the real world [my emphasis] get read by 7 million people, not a new thousand agenda-loaded crazies on Twitter” he protests, unaware that the world of hackery and that of Twitter is one and the same. And he’s in no position to lecture others about being “agenda-loaded”.
And he knows who’s to blame: it’s that “Twitter mob” who “attack hacks for the sake of it”. Whoever can this be? This wouldn’t be another example of blaming the medium because it doesn’t love him enough, would it? He should stop being so thin-skinned and grow a proverbial pair.
But he knows why there are all these attacks: it’s folks who wanted to be hacks and weren’t good enough. But he’s the passed-over Major here, so clueless and desperate that he values the support of those who only pretend to be journalists.
Yes, Tabloid Troll’s appreciation of kind words extends to the singularly unsavoury flannelled fool Henry Cole, tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, who in true paranoid style thinks that the deeply subversive Guardian is behind the Troll’s fall from grace. While the Troll boasts of his shorthand capability, Cole wouldn’t know Pitman’s from a hole in the ground. He’s a pretend journalist, saying “file” and “copy” to make it look like he’s the real deal.
Any port in a storm for Dennis Rice, the Tabloid Troll who is now slowly, and sourly, walking towards the exit door, blaming everyone else for his own stupidity, and claiming that he’s still a big star. It’s just Twitter that got small.