Look what happens when you use amateur writers and journalists

November 9, 2012

ImageIn the wake the Philip Schofield paedo-list stunt on his cynical TV show I, like millions of others, turned to Google in search of the names thrust into the Prime Minister’s hand.

And it’s fair to say I was deeply shocked.

Not by the names on the ridiculous list but that so many so-called news websites had published a full list of MPs (both living and dead) basically accusing them of sex-crimes with children.

It is not only unbelievable but deeply, deeply disturbing

These ridiculous people, masquerading as citizen journalists, believe they are somehow championing free speech.

They are in fact threatening real journalism and the very notion of a free press.

Let us be clear – the allegations are ridiculous and the facts (what tiny few there are) are incorrect.

The main story which seems to be re-printed on many sites talks of a ‘D-Notice’ preventing the British media from exposing a Labour MP who served under Tony Blair.

This is utter cobblers. A D-Notice is is for matters of grave national security (D being short for Defence – duh). In the two decades I have been a professional journalist I have seen it used twice. And it wasn’t to protect an MP.

I suspect that teams of high-powered lawyers will today be licking their lips at the prospect of court action against these bloggers and self appointed guardians of the public weal.

And, though I have no great love for lawyers, I hope they go for the jugular.

This kind of irresponsible bile, masquerading as journalism, should be tackled using the full force of the law – leaving those reporters who actually research and check facts (and work within the legal framework) to get on with the real job.

I fear quite a few ‘citizen journalists’ may find themselves doing six months in chokey for this.

Good.


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Has There Ever Been a Worse Time to Be a Child?

November 5, 2012

Another day, another paedophile ring – has there ever been a worse time to be a child in the United Kingdom?
Today’s news is that there appears to be a paedophile ring fronted by a senior Tory politician. Two days ago it was Leonard Rossiter. Jimmy Savile is the monster de jour of course, and there’s aspersions about John Peel and of course other arrests which prevent me metioning them.
If you’re nine years old (like my little girl) just a cursory look at the newspapers or TV news must be very frightening indeed because it rather looks like the whole of adulthood seems to want to indulge in something called ‘sex abuse’.
How absolutely hideous for them.


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If the Telegraph and the Sun are top dogs what the heck’s happening at the Mail?

October 31, 2012

The Daily Telegraph is UK’s biggest quality and The Sun is the biggest UK tabloid using combined online and offline figures – so whither the D.Mail?

I mean seriously? Aren’t those lovely chaps down at Derry Street supposed to be the biggest website on the planet?

I mean I know they’re America’s bitch and all (yes, they have really started writing ‘mommy’ in copy) but can they really have that few UK readers?

Because remember people, 99% of the time UK readers is what its all about. Take a look here

http://tinyurl.com/chwla98


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Googlewhacked: Brazil’s newspapers bin Google

October 31, 2012

In a bold move Brazil’s newspapers have banded together and told Google where to stick it.
Basically they were brassed-off that Google was snipping the top lines of their stories for its own purposes without paying … which is what Google does.
And the Brazilians had just had enough.
This is exactly the same argument Mr Murdoch has been having of course and led directly to his stamping his feet and sticking The Times behind a pay-wall.
Of course he’s never made money from the Times since he bought it a generation ago so its no big deal for him. It was always part vanity project – part bargaining chip.
The rest of the industry has hardly stampeded to follow suit.
It will be interesting to see how the Brazilians fare.

 


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New artwork

October 30, 2012

I know we should really replace the banner art above but I’m kind of liking its chocolate box don’t annoy anyone vibe. Will give it some thought…


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Hi !

October 30, 2012

This is the inaugural wordsonline.org blog site.

We’re going to be using a smart piece of so the posts automatically ping back to our site thus doubling our web presence for no more extra work.

Hope you all enjoy.


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Hello world!

October 30, 2012

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!


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