McCartney on Savile: Too Little, Too Late

Moan at the Independent for splashing that Paul McCartney and the Beatles were “suspicious” about Jimmy Savile’s behaviour back in the seventies.

Sirs,

So, Paul McCartney thought there was something suspicious about Saville?

Such a shame, then, that from his position of huge power as one of the Beatles, he didn’t speak out twenty or thirty years ago when it could have made a difference.

How many more children got abused because McCartney and his ilk let things carry on?

He, and others like him, should be ashamed, not crowing about it.

Paul Harper

Which, edited as usual, they published as:

Janet Street Porter describes something as “All Surface”

Janet Street Porter, one of the most irritating people on a planet that includes Donald Trump, gets on my tits again…

Sirs,

The Independent on Sunday has, I feel, always tried to set new records in its reporting. Today it achieved it.

Janet Street Porter, one of the most trivial and inconsequential people in media for the last several decades, has set a new record in irony by describing The Hour as “all surface”.

How the woman who brought us topless darts, bikini-clad weather forecasters and the News Bunny can have the nerve to criticise a programme’s lack of depth without spontaneously combusting is quite beyond my understanding.

Paul Harper

Journalists Don’t Get Irony, Shock Horror Probe

Rant at the Independent about lazy journalists. I doubt they’ll publish it…

Sirs,

Oh for Christ’ sake! On Friday, after the unwanted PCC elections, we get a few vox pops on TV of people who didn’t vote saying it was because they were more interested in watching I’m a Celebrity. Now we’ve got the Sunday rags bemoaning the fact that our electorate is more interested in television reality shows than voting.

Apparently it’s not just America that doesn’t get irony, it’s our thick-as-shit Sunday newspapers too.

A member of the British public saying “I’m more interested in watching Celebrity” translates directly into “If you up-yourself journalists can’t figure out why we’re not voting, then you’re even more stupid than I’d thought, and I’m not doing your job for you”.

Paul Harper

Journalistic Double Standards

Letters sent to The Independent, The Guardian AND The Evening Standard in response to the gloating taking place in newspapers over the BBC’s statement on the Newsnight programme that senior Tories were implicated in child abuse. No individuals were named, or hinted at. The Independent and Guardian both published it (too early in the day to know if I have the full set!)

UPDATE: Managed to get it in all three papers! See below for individual screenshots…

Here’s the original letter:

Sirs,

It is ridiculous that the Director-General of the BBC has to resign over bad journalism that didn’t in itself do any harm, but the head of News Corp remains determinedly entrenched after criminal journalism that ruined lives.

This is why print media should be held to the same standard as broadcasters, and I hope Leveson takes a strong lead in that direction.

To read the smug, self-satisfied and desperately delusional crowing in newspapers over this affair is bordering on nauseating.

Paul Harper

The Independent published it, unedited as this (click on image to expand):

… while the Guardian didn’t seem to like the last paragraph, and published this (click on image to expand):

Finally, London’s Evening Standard shortened it the most: