Jan Moir Hate Article Inspires Record Complaints

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‘Fast, free, fair’ reads the logo of the Press Complaints Commission, to which we should probably add ‘And f**king Useless’. After the PCC received a record 21,000 complaints about bigoted old bag Jan Moir’s pre-burial attack on singer Stephen Gately, which managed to suggest that his civil partnership was somehow the cause of his death, I’m reminded that the chairman of the PCC Code Committee is, erm, Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, who ran the article. The PCC is a toothless, deliberately obfuscating system that logs complaints without ever doing anything about them, as it is policed by the very people who are being criticised.
Interestingly, Islington-based Jan Moir is a hack-for-hire who also writes for the Guardian and other national dailies. Will the Guardian stop using her now? Moir’s weaselly rebuttal of the complaints managed to avoid any kind of apology, which is a good enough reason to keep the pressure on her to downshift to something like ‘Take A Break’, whose walnut-brained readers don’t care about separating fact from fiction.

2 comments on “Jan Moir Hate Article Inspires Record Complaints”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    As good a time as any to remind about the useful book Flat Earth News.

  2. David Read says:

    Not having looked into this in any detail, Paul Dacre is the chairman of the PCC code committee…

    Does the phrase ‘conflict of interest’ not drift across the table sometimes at committee meetings. Presumably not as much as ‘gravy train’ and ‘money for old rope’.

    The personal gripe I always have re: the tabloid press is the way they hide behind journalistic privilege as if they are Woodward and Bernstein.

    They seem to be able to write whatever they want, print any picture with only the barest of titilation as the justification for invasion of privacy.

    Wheras I filmed ouside a shop in Cambridge this week (just to get ambience shots of the location of the store) and got asked by the police if I had permission to film on the high street! When I didn’t I was told I should contact the council in writing, and there would be a service charge.

    Presumably if Jordan had been exiting the same shop the gaggle of paparazzi would need no such permission.

    I guess my main gripe is that if I dropped in a photo of someone or something in a commercial video I would have to get rights clearance, whereas papers just print without any seeming problems.

    I understand the journalist needs the freedom of speech etc. but the majority of the papers are just ‘entertainment’ and should be treated as such.

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