The Mail was beside itself with joy yesterday, as it found an ally in its constant fight against the hated Beeb: “BBC website is 'destroying' local newspapers and harming democracy, warns Home Secretary Theresa May” proclaimed the headline. The Home Secretary had suddenly become Very Bestest Friends with the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery.
What's f***ing wrong with selective quoting, c***?!?
I use the term “suddenly” advisedly, as that band of hacks is at the same time leering at Ms May’s every appearance and making the entirely spurious comparison between her and model Cara Delevigne: “With each passing day, it is becoming more difficult for Ms May to continue to laugh off comparisons between her and fashion icon Cara Delivingne”. Oh f*** right off. This is idiotic.
Theresa May wears a strapless dress. Then she wears something with a pair of boots. Then a tartan pattern suit. Then the morons at Northcliffe House scour the Web for evidence of Cara Delevigne – who, as a model, by definition, wears, often briefly, a shed load of outfits, many of which she wouldn’t choose to wear if it was down to her – in something similar. That’s false equivalence, desperate journalism.
And not only is the Mail praising Ms May while trying to stir up mock horror over her wardrobe, but the hacks are also being highly selective with what they allow into print. Her speech to the Society of Editors’ annual conference also contained two significant items which do not fit the Vagina Monologue’s agenda. Both were left out of the Mail’s report. So here they are.
is deemed to be “assisting the enemy”. Ms May acknowledged yesterday that the “Guardian did go through processes at senior Government level before publishing Snowden leaks”. So much for the “irresponsible and harmful” meme, then.
telling editors what they can and cannot print, and the much-trailed idea that the new system would involve prior restraint. It wouldn’t.
But all that the Mail reported was the supposed attack on the BBC. That’s a particularly extreme act of selective reporting, even for the Mail. And added to that is the constant suggestion that Ms May is dressing inappropriately, and so by inference may not be of totally sound judgment.
What a bunch of steaming hypocrites they have at Northcliffe House. No change there, then.