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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Two frankly bizarre pieces in today’s .Media (in the Indie).

Firstly, the Mail’s Melanie Phillips features in a lengthy interview, trying to convince us all she’s left-wing. The result is so strange that there’s really very little I can say, other than bringing together two quotes: “She backed the Iraq war… I insist upon things like truth and morality”. I can only recommend that you read it. And her blog has been added to my watch-list of things I might have to comment on in future.

Slightly less strange, but more outright amusing, is Kay Burley trying to convince us she’s a serious journo. Clearly, it’s important for a journalist to keep up to date with the news, and the leaders and comment pieces of the big papers. What papers does she read? “A distillation of The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and News of the World tends to cover it”. So she’s not big on the broadsheets. Then she’s asked about magazines. This is where I first actually laughed out loud: “I’d like to say Cosmo, Vanity Fair, but it’s Good Housekeeping.” Good to see that she has such a close relationship with the news weeklies, then. She could no more present the news authoritatively than give up lip gloss.

This 574th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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