How funny, some reporter that no one will have ever heard of has decided to resign from a newspaper that (a) few people read and (b) is so patently one step away from pure fiction on most days that you'd need to be thicker than a retarded monkey to not realise and it's BIG news for the tax avoiding right-on Guardian. Hell, they even have his resignation letter to the Daily Star proprietor, also proprietor of porn (a dying industry thanks to the Internet but I digress).
So, the letter is a bit of a rant by this unknown reporter about how the Daily Star makes stuff up. I know, shocking isn't it? A national daily newspaper with tits and arse on the front page makes stuff up huh? Who'da thunk it? Shocking betrayal of trust to its readers huh? Outrageous! The world is ending... arggghhh the sky is falling, 2012 looms, it's a sign I tell thee!
Apparently the newspaper also engages in hypocrisy, where it laments for example a comedian for a dodgy joke about race of gender, and then on the following pages engages in that which it just condemned pages before. Such a rarity isn't it? Newspaper shouldn't do that and it's absolutely correct for the Guardian to report this sort of thing because it would never have an editorial stance that was the opposite of other things it wrote or did.
You can probably tell where I'm going with this. It is a truly slow news days when the big news is for newspapers is about newspapers themselves. Sure, it gets the fired up anally retentive "media watch" type people even more fired up. I'm talking here about the gibbering and chattering classes who, when an horrendous act of violence occurs never blame the person that did it but rather like to say that the media are to blame.
Even the reporter you've never heard of is does it in his resignation letter, noting that "The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke's head caved in down an alley in Bradford." Actually, the person that caves someone head in in Bradford is probably the type of person who would do that anyway, the newspaper didn't make them do it.They made themselves do it because they're a twat that does that sort of thing anyway.
If these people must engage in post hoc ergo propter hoc foolishness, perhaps they ought to start blaming the parents of the parents of parents instead right back to the Middle Ages and further? Fuck it, blame shagging. After all, if it wasn't for shagging people wouldn't be born and if people weren't born then they wouldn't do terrible nasty things to other people. Let's ban shagging to stop the violence because shagging is to blame!
Actually, thinking about, banning shagging would please the pious hand-wringers greatly I think. After all, Richard Desmond makes his money from it so he'd be skint. Everyone's a winner!
Seriously though. The news that a newspaper makes stuff up is not news, it's basic common sense. Those that shout from the rooftops about it on their missions of truth betray something far worse about their true motives. For within the moral righteousness lies their own disdain for the intellectual capabilities of the proles to spot bullshit when they see it.
The reality is that this "story" is not about "truth in media". It's about the low opinion of the masses held by the pseudo-intellectual elite. The same elite who engage daily in fallacious reasoning to justify curtailing the freedom of individuals (who are not as clever as them) to read what they want, when they want.
There is a distinct irony here too. For they so hate the views of people that would curtails freedom that they wish to curtail freedom to combat it.
Fuck it, we might as well just start burning books now and be done with it. At least it'll keep both the knuckle-draggers and snobbish media watching elitists happy, they're different sides of exactly the same coin after all.