This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Thursday, 5 September 2013

The trouble with poor journalists

Fr Ray Blake writes:

The trouble with poor journalists is that they make a mess everywhere.

For ye have the poor journalists with you always. Mark 14:7.

There is a secluded area of the internet where a mostly-unread Brighton newspaper provides shelter for journalists otherwise unable to obtain gainful employment. Occasionally, I inspect some of their passages and find them foul and disgusting. I have seen lies, made-up quotes, and general urination over the efforts of Christian priests to help the less well-off members of society.

A journalist prepares his "copy" for the Brighton Argus.

If they are not making messes, you find that they simply tell lies. One of them quotes me as saying "I am a very holy and saved person and this tests my holiness," when if he had ever encountered a priest since the day when one dropped him on his head at his baptism, he would know that no priest (apart from the rather dubious Cardinal Eccles) talks in this way.

Apart from the poor journalists who steal trifles from my blog, beat them into unrecognisability, and market them as their own "exclusives", I also encounter a poverty of ideas among journalists working for the Daily Mail (a newspaper for those who enjoy photographs taken looking up women's skirts); these rejects from society throw foul garbage over the internet, leaving a nasty smell behind them.

And don't get me started on the unwashed and dirty-minded morons who write on the comment threads of the Daily Mail...

A Daily Mail reader explains himself.

Addendum: The Telegraph has also managed to soil itself on this occasion.

13 comments:

  1. Mr Gardner, whose glittering career to date includes starring as an extra in Legally Blonde: The Musical and writing for the West Sussex County Times ("cat woken by village fête"-type stories) can be reached via the following means:

    TELEPHONE - 01273 544531
    E-MAIL - bill.gardner@theargus.co.uk
    TWITTER - @billgardner86

    Anyone choosing to contact him about his deceitful journalism: please remember to be polite.

    "Mr Underscore"

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  2. Gardner's byeline is not appended to the 'MailOnline' article, it appears as Wills Robinson and different in 'The Telegraph'.

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  3. darling eccles, it was a great mistake to abandon English comprehension in school lessons; if poor Mr Gardner had only been taught precis and comprehension he'd have been no wiser, but better-informed and less likely to write rubbish; still, how would he get a job in modern journalism? Damian's hair-salon can only take so many. xx Jess

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    1. as a ex-teechur Ican safely say that you could only have did comprehension if youse coodave comprehended if the furst plaice!

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  4. Jessica - I agree - liberal English "teaching" and a childhood of TV satire, soaps and deceitful advertising replete with a childhood of relentless mediatised garbage. Produces the gutter-journalism we have today.

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  5. The Daily Maul, The Sin and The Daily Mire are all characteristic British garbage journalism. The only serious issue they raise is the paper they waste producing themselves.

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  6. I wish the author had spent just a few hours following Fr. Blake as he cares for his flock, before writing the article. I think they call this ‘background’…

    It’s bad enough when people gleefully pounce on bad priests and spread the muck about, but when they go after a good priest who is faithfully doing his job, it is scurrilous.

    But there is precedent for this – around 33 A.D.

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  7. I sent the scoundrel an email and demanded an apology to Fr Blake. Journalist award criteria must be gutter-level these days. We should all write polite but pointed emails. Make him feel very remorseful.

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  8. darling eccles - it is hard to see how even a journalist can have taken Fr Ray to mean what his words clearly do not mean. Perhaps this journo should be working for the Bliar Foundation? xx Jess

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  9. The B. Liar Foundation does not exist.

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  10. Can I nominate +Kieron for the 2013 Wet Bishop of the Year awards. I realise competition will be rigourous but that BBC interview last Friday has all the hallmarks of a winner

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    1. The Comedy nominations:

      Comedy Cardinal: Mahony
      Comedy Bishop: Conry
      Comedy Priest: any nominations?
      Comedy Deacon: someone whose name dare not be mentioned on this blogg,

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