After a weekend of BBC bashing, it's nice to take a step back and have a look at their tormentors-in-chief. I'm talking about the Mail, of course, whose agenda against Auntie has been embarrassingly obvious for rather a long time. The Mail, whose commitment to
delivering unrealistic profits to shareholders despite the fact there's a recession quality journalism means they have decided to wield the axe on my local papers, the Bristol Evening Post and Western Daily Press, sacking 45 journalists.
Anyway, you would have thought the Mail would see an open goal with the BBC's decision not to screen an appeal on behalf of aid agencies tackling the humanitarian disaster in Gaza; and to be fair they did have a half-hearted crack at it yesterday, attempting to claim that the real 'crisis' wasn't lots of people starving to death and having been made homeless by heavy artillery blowing up schools and hospitals, but at Broadcasting House. But it's a bit of a sticky one for the Mail, given that they haven't exactly been shining beacons of impartiality themselves, making it clear who they thought was the 'enemy' in the recent violence. A complex political and historical situation, with right and wrong on both sides, terror and violence both state-sponsored and otherwise? Er, no, it's goodies and baddies as far as the Mail's concerned.
So the Mail aren't pressing their nemesis the Beeb too much over the DEC/Gaza business. I presume they must actually agree with the decision, much as they might enjoy watching Auntie squirm. Incidentally, I can't wait to read the reams of bollocks that Mad Mel comes up with this week squawking about how, actually, the BBC and their director general - who visited Israel to talk to Ariel Sharon, but couldn't be fucked to meet with any Palestinian representatives - are in fact shadowy figures who, like that bastard Barack Obama and everyone in the world except her and about three other people, wants to destroy Israel.
Instead, they are targeting that tax-funded popinjay Jonathan Ross once again, with that story about him and his mate having had a conversation on a radio programme which someone took a bit more personally than perhaps they should have done. More of that in a minute, but don't forget in all this whipped-up hysteria and bandwagon-jumping that no-one in the country give a shit about it - until the entire British press took up arms against the floppy-haired soi-disant 'presenter'.
It's easy enough to dismantle this load of old bollocks, but I like doing it, so I will.
Sack him, says the son of Jonathan Ross's latest victim as he makes sick joke about Alzheimer's sufferer
Right, let's see if we can find evidence to prove the headline. Did Ross make a 'sick joke' about an Alzheimer's sufferer?
Although Mrs Guzman was not named, she is well known in the Andalusian village of Conchar, near Granada, where Mr Davies has his villa.
I see. He (and it wasn't even Ross, but his little mate who does the show with him and presses the buttons for him) mentioned an old lady. But it must have been this particular old lady because she's the only person in the entire village who is an old lady! It must have been her! And so therefore SACK HIM! Er, them! Everyone! Sack everyone! Die! The Mail are lifting a lot of this from the News of the Screws, who first decided to concoct this crap in the first place.
But, can we ring a couple of rentaquote cunts to prop up the flimsiness of this shite story? Yes we can!
Last night there were new calls for Ross to be sacked. Tory MP David Davies said: 'There is a place for humour but it has to be appropriate to the time of the day. And that clearly wasn't.'
Mediawatch director John Beyer said: 'Jokes like this are not on. He should have gone months ago.'
I don't know which David Davies it was, but I'm guessing it was the one they regularly ring up for anti-immigration quotes when no-one else will say anything extreme enough for their tastes. Christ, they must have had a hell of a ring-around.
"Will you slag off Jonathan Ross?"
"He said he wanted to fuck an old granny."
"He said he wanted to jizz in her face."
"Fuck you then, I'll go to David Davies."
And Mediawatch - some astroturf pressure group as well. Hardly convincing, but hmm, yes, it's an avalanche of hatred, all against that bastard Ross!
But JR's little mate says:
After the scandal broke, Mr Davies claimed that the woman he was talking about was not real.
He said in a statement: 'The story was poetic licence based on the warm and affectionate behaviour in Spanish village life. I did not identify an individual because there isn't one.'
Not that that's going to stop the Mail from ignoring that entirely and saying he's definitely on about that one woman, because they said so. Of course you could look at it another way - what good has this done the woman in question, having her son blab a load of shit to the tabloids just to fit in with their anti-BBC agenda?
Oh, and there's a wealth of Pavlovian comments under the story, as you'd expect from something describing the hated Ross and the Stalinist bastards at the BBC. More on those later, once I've had a lie down with a wet flannel on my face.