Journalism

 

So, as the News of the World is chopped we are again reminded that the British can be pushed only so far before they respond; that their tolerance does indeed have limits and that Mr Murdoch is the latest in a long line of foreign gentlemen to learn that to their cost. Years of crossing whatever might have been deemed to be a line of reasonableness and of abuse of press freedom came to an abrupt halt when we learned that the NOTW interfered with the murder inquiry of a child and intruded upon the grief of our war widows.

There is some hand wringing by journalists this morning and inevitably, they can see the writing on the wall. Murdoch has sacrificed £93m of NOTW revenue to protect the Mother ship's £20.5bn total revenue and to keep the Sky deal on track. The declining circulation of newspapers is very well documented. The demise of the NOTW may give the Sunday Mirror and Mail on Sunday a temporary lift but the final outcome will not change; they're all doomed.

Meanwhile, Milliband is currently talking from Reuters HQ attempting to take and hold the high moral ground and lecture the world on media ethics. Coming from a Labour politician that's a bit rich. I'd lob a brick through the screen if I weren't in the office. As previously discussed, things have got to this stage because of the white faced cowardice of Westminster, their blind obsession with spin and presentation and their nerve jangling fear of truth. 

Anyway, I'm reminded of this splendid quote from Hunter S Thompson which just about nails it for me:

"Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fvckoffs and misfits -- a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy p1ss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage."  

Hunter S Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream