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Friday, February 13, 2009

Taking It To A New Level

The hypocrisy of the press should be a given on here by now, but it's always worth recognising when someone raises the bar to new heights (or should that be lowers to new depths). Especially when it's so obscene that you almost have to admire the sheer nerve of it.

From Private Eye, paraphrasing, basically the Mirror bought some pictures of Coleen Rooney sunbathing on a boat in the Caribbean, which is one of the locations (on the boat that is) that's deemed private under the "code of conduct" that the press pay lip service to. Standard so far. Then a columnist stepped up to the plate with this astonishing rebuke :

"It seems like she's going out of her way to rub our noses in the money she's recklessly chucking about, while the rest of us worry, scrimp and save ... She can well afford a holiday somewhere private, where she won't be photographed so we won't have to see it".

Wow. I mean seriously. *Golf clap*. One more time, they bought pictures from someone who followed the Rooneys halfway around the world, took telephoto snaps of them from half a mile away, in a location which they had agreed was off limits, and then criticised the subject for "rubbing our noses in it". Note also the subtext of "so we won't have to see it". It's like saying "You hate yourself for buying our shitty paper. Don't you." Which is probably fair. I would.

And finally, what's the best thing for the Rooneys to do with their money, from the POV of the economy you're so worried about. Spend it, or put it in a big vault and swan-dive into it Scrooge McDuck style ? Only last week Wayne and Coleen were ridiculed in the press (and by me on Facebook I must admit) for buying a meal with a 2-for-1 voucher. Ever get the feeling you can't win whatever you do ?

PS I know I should have more important things to think about right now. But I needed to get that off my chest :-)


Anonymous Chris C said...

That was shocking but I think considerably worse was the one the Eye highlighted in the issue before that, and featuring the Mirror's rivals, the Sun.

Basically, in the wake of the Israeli attacks on Palestine they led with a big story about "hate-filled Islamic messageboards" in the UK, which featured posts drawing up hitlists of prominet British Jews to be targeted.

The poster making these inflammatory comments and stirring things up was previously unknown to the messageboard moderators so they checked out the IP address and traced it to...

...the Sun, and more specifically the Sun journalist who wrote the story.

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