Behold the agenda-setting role of the Enemies of Reason blog. Me on Tuesday:
The press complaining about a prick on Radio 1 - then how come Moyles isn't on the front page of the Mail every day? (Bdmtish.)
The Mail just two days later (and thanks to Akela for the tipoff):
The BBC was plunged into another crisis last night after Chris Moyles appeared to suggest Poles make good prostitutes.
Oh noes! When did the ursine twatface make this terrible statement?
Moyles, who earns £650,000 a year for presenting his breakfast show, told those tuning in on November 19: ‘I’ve always found in my experience prostitutes make very good cleaners, and their ironing, brilliant.
‘I just find if you’re Polish you’re just very good at ironing...and prostitutes (they’re) very good also at fixing cars.’
November the fucking nineteenth? What the hell...? The Mail right on the pulse of news, as ever, then. Do they have some poor work experience bastard listening to every single programme ever produced by the BBC in the hope of finding something that someone somewhere in the Home Counties would be annoyed by? Is that how far the anti-BBC agenda has come nowadays?
Polish organisations in the UK are demanding the BBC take action over the incident.
Hey, that reminds me of something. I think... yes:
The Federation of Poles in Great Britain has been concerned about newspaper coverage which has sought to emphasise negative aspects of the Polish presence in the UK.
In our view, the worst examples linked Poles with words and phrases like "feckless", "chancers", "race riots", "swamp the NHS", "fears for schools", "cut-price treatment", "push British graduates to back of the jobs queue", "killers, drug smugglers and rapists". We consider that this has made Poles living in the UK feel vulnerable and persecuted.
Ah yes, the Federation of British Poles complained at length about the Mail's disgraceful and slanted coverage which appeared consistently and constantly, and was finally, via Paul Dacre's PCC, offered a tiny tucked-away 'right of reply' in Paul Dacre's newspaper.
A bit rich for the Hate to take the moral high ground over slagging off Poles? Especially when Moyles was simply being the prick he always is two whole weeks ago, rather than doing anything particularly startling. Nonsensical rambling bollocks rather than racism, if you ask me, but doubtless it's another attempt to write the same story over and over again.
Just as with John Barrowman's tadger, it's evidence of the repetitive nature of newspaper journalism. The Mail made hay, sold papers and rattled their nemesis, the BBC, with the Ross-Brand saga, where they whipped up a frenzy of contempt among their numbskull readers about a long-since-broadcast show. So they're simply trying to write the same story again, regardless of the facts - trying to do it with Barrowman didn't work, and nor did it with Clarkson's rather tedious (but not overwhelmingly offensive, in my view) comment about prostitute-murdering truck drivers, but they're trying again now with Moyles, to try and create a "BBC sinking in its own filth of badness and wrong things" narrative.
While Ross-Brand caught the public imagination, these latest salvoes have fallen short of the target. It's not working yet, but they'll keep trying. Look, I think Moyles is one of the worst presenters in the history of the world, and a total cock to boot, but just as with Brand, loads of people like him, so who am I to say he shouldn't be on the radio? But then, I don't hate the BBC.