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The “let’s post stupid comments on the Mail website” movement is still going on, I see

The story: BAA will have to sell some airports.

The comment:

well said Kieth of Somerset, definetly should be a UK Ownership, but with Nu Labour and PC Brigade, probably sold to El QUADA

11 replies on “The “let’s post stupid comments on the Mail website” movement is still going on, I see”

Aah I love Daily Mail readers… They’re such muppets.

As far as sweeping generalisations go, I think this one’s pretty accurate.

The Mail is the only paper I’m ever tempted to buy. Not ’cause I’d read it, but because of the apoplexy the sight of it induces in so many people.

Calm down, dear. It’s only a paper.

> The Mail is the only paper I’m ever tempted to buy. Not ’cause I’d read it, but because of the apoplexy the sight of it induces in so many people.

I’m one of them, I’m afraid. It was my family’s daily paper for as long as I can remember, and it’s still the newspaper my parents (and their peers) get. It’s the printed equivalent of somebody everyone says is a pillar of the community but who’s really a racist, misogynist, bigoted, scaremongering fuck who shouts down anybody who attempts to disagree with them.

And worst of all, it publishes the Fred Bassett cartoon. And its typefaces are terrible.

All papers are flawed – I’m a guardian reader, and it’s rare that I don’t want to bludgeon at least one of its columnists to death with something environmentally disastrous; I get the Sunday Times and Observer, and frequently want to kill most of the people who put them together – but the Mail is particularly hateful.

Incidentally, I’m about to cancel my newspaper deliveries – why pay for a paper that turns up three hours after you get up every day, and which costs a fortune, when you can read it online on your laptop? The thought makes me sad – to me, getting your paper delivered is one of the signs of civilisation – but it’s too much money and too much annoyance.

> I’m one of them, I’m afraid.

Yeah, but you proudly make a point of leaving a copy of The Guardian behind every time you visit my house, so inducing apoplexy in you is just fine, thank you very much.

I honestly find The Mail to have roughly the same levels of stupidity, hatefulness, dodgy reporting, unprofessionalism, and general gitness as every other paper. That is, quite high levels on all counts.

By the way, the anti-spam word has been “ikea” for like my last three entries. Is this an advert?

> It would be nice to pull one out on the train when I sit opposite a Guardian reader.

God, yes. Plus a copy of Pat Robertson’s autobiography. If he has one.

> you proudly make a point of leaving a copy of The Guardian behind every time you visit my house,

I do not! I buy my paper and leave it for you to recycle when I’m gone :)

> I honestly find The Mail to have roughly the same levels of stupidity, hatefulness, dodgy reporting, unprofessionalism, and general gitness as every other paper.

I really think it’s worse – because it bills itself as better than, say, The Sun. At least the Sun is generally up-front about being a comic for idiots. And it doesn’t publish Fred Bassett.

I agree, most papers are pretty shite, but there’s degrees of shite. So the Herald and the Scotsman are relatively good while the Evening Times and Daily Record are written with Beelzebub’s biro; the Star is written by idiots for idiots; and the Mail publishes Fred Bassett.

I really don’t like Fred Bassett. Can you tell?

People always look at me aghast when I say this, but The Sun contains some of the cleverest use of language you’re ever likely to see. They are utter geniuses.

Fred Bassett is shite, yes, but The Guardian publish Steve fucking Bell, least funny man on Earth. And bloody Doonesbury.

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