In a way I could kind of understand the fuss about the Russell Brand / Jonathan Ross nonsense. There was a sliver of a real actual story in there, hiding underneath all the bollocks. A waffer-thin story, mind you, but there was actually some real semblance of something having happened there, regardless of the whipping-up of frenzy and blather that resulted from it.
But let me tell you what I've just seen on television. On a real television, on a national station. I've seen Kay Burley interviewing the entire eastern seaboard of Willie Thorne* about John Sergeant pulling out of Strictly Come Dancing.
To recap: a national news presenter was seriously interviewing an ex snooker player about a man who was taking part in a reality TV show and who is now not taking part in a reality TV show.
What exactly the bastard cunting fuck is going on?
Is it a bit of froth about nothing to try and salve the credit crunch-stricken masses? Is it an easy lead for a desk-chained hack to cobble together at a time when reporting resources are constantly being eroded and ever more journalists are turning up at the Job Club and discovering there's bugger all you can do with a qualification in the world's least trusted profession and 100wpm shorthand (or no shorthand at all in some cases, naming no names Andrew Gilligan)? Is this just another excuse to try and attack the BBC, the tabloids and other news media having failed to get their pound of flesh over the Ross/Brand load of old cobblers? Does it represent a new nadir for news, at a time when the economy is turning into donkey-doo and thousands are being made redundant? Or is there simply no news worth reporting today?
* I once saw a pair of Willie Thorne branded socks for sale in Weston-super-Mare's covered market. I didn't buy them and have always regretted it. So let this be a warning to you - should you ever see clothing endorsed by balding moustachioed snooker commentators, don't think twice; seize the opportunity and treasure your lambswool delights.
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