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fartcatcher

Peaches Geldof

Only 25.

Last post on Twitter was a picture of her and her mum.

Very sad.
carp

Yes. Very sad. Tragic.
Forest

Whatever killed her doesn't matter it's still unbelievably sad. 25 is no age.
Dock

That family has had so much tragedy hasn't it. She was still a kid. Even though Bob got a statement out sharpish I doubt it'll stop the media intruding on their grief. After all, the beast of 24 hour news must eat!
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Very sad and my sympathy to all concerned but we do seem obsessed (or are encouraged to be obsessed) with the tragedies of people we don't know. The coverage of the Pistorius trial is wall-to-wall 24 7 and bizarre - what possible relevance does it have to the lives of British people? Its just being served up as gory drama to rubberneckers.

I'd like to see people only allowed this news if they want to pay a subscription on a separate channel and the airwaves freed up for serious news
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Very sad and my sympathy to all concerned but we do seem obsessed (or are encouraged to be obsessed) with the tragedies of people we don't know. The coverage of the Pistorius trial is wall-to-wall 24 7 and bizarre - what possible relevance does it have to the lives of British people? Its just being served up as gory drama to rubberneckers.

I'd like to see people only allowed this news if they want to pay a subscription on a separate channel and the airwaves freed up for serious news


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Heyho

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Very sad and my sympathy to all concerned but we do seem obsessed (or are encouraged to be obsessed) with the tragedies of people we don't know. The coverage of the Pistorius trial is wall-to-wall 24 7 and bizarre - what possible relevance does it have to the lives of British people? Its just being served up as gory drama to rubberneckers.

I'd like to see people only allowed this news if they want to pay a subscription on a separate channel and the airwaves freed up for serious news


Can we have a definition of 'serious news' please
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Heyho wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Very sad and my sympathy to all concerned but we do seem obsessed (or are encouraged to be obsessed) with the tragedies of people we don't know. The coverage of the Pistorius trial is wall-to-wall 24 7 and bizarre - what possible relevance does it have to the lives of British people? Its just being served up as gory drama to rubberneckers.

I'd like to see people only allowed this news if they want to pay a subscription on a separate channel and the airwaves freed up for serious news


Can we have a definition of 'serious news' please


stuff about industry, health, transport, politics, jobs, care of the vulnerable, environment


(and cats and dogs and petrol-head news!!!)

My point is that important issues increasingly don't seem to get an single look in to mainstream news bulletins because they are aping the tabloids with sport and celeb stuff.

150 years ago sport was for school children - it wasn't a national obsession and multi-billion pound tax-payer subsidised industry
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Heyho wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Very sad and my sympathy to all concerned but we do seem obsessed (or are encouraged to be obsessed) with the tragedies of people we don't know. The coverage of the Pistorius trial is wall-to-wall 24 7 and bizarre - what possible relevance does it have to the lives of British people? Its just being served up as gory drama to rubberneckers.

I'd like to see people only allowed this news if they want to pay a subscription on a separate channel and the airwaves freed up for serious news


Can we have a definition of 'serious news' please


stuff about industry, health, transport, politics, jobs, care of the vulnerable, environment


(and cats and dogs and petrol-head news!!!)

My point is that important issues increasingly don't seem to get an single look in to mainstream news bulletins because they are aping the tabloids with sport and celeb stuff.

150 years ago sport was for school children - it wasn't a national obsession and multi-billion pound tax-payer subsidised industry


Even better post than the one I thought was good before. The amount of time given to shit and tittle-tattle on the BBC News is beyond a joke.
grunt

Why do we need to hear Oscar Pistorius sobbing and retching on every news report. Rolling coverage on the Guardian site. Seems to me of very limited interest and impact to the human race except in terms of lurid celeb culture.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

grunt wrote:
Why do we need to hear Oscar Pistorius sobbing and retching on every news report. Rolling coverage on the Guardian site. Seems to me of very limited interest and impact to the human race except in terms of lurid celeb culture.


had 'dinner' with my brother and his partner last night and they were like zombies watching the Pistorius trial and weren't at all put off their food by his sobbing and vomming. I then had to listen to them arguing for ten minutes about what they thought had happened.

News as rubbernecking infotainment. No problem with it per se but stick it on a devoted channel and dont expect me to pay a licence fee for it
Forest

grunt wrote:
Why do we need to hear Oscar Pistorius sobbing and retching on every news report. Rolling coverage on the Guardian site. Seems to me of very limited interest and impact to the human race except in terms of lurid celeb culture.


Sick of it now, can't wait till the news channels start showing endless footage of boats and planes searching the Indian Ocean 24hrs a day.
fartcatcher

Think you're being a bit harsh on the Beeb. News at Ten and Newsnight still do some decent foreign coverage.

'News'papers print what their owners want them to print and as they are largely dependent on advertising for revenue, then any old shit that boosts sales will go in.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
Think you're being a bit harsh on the Beeb. News at Ten and Newsnight still do some decent foreign coverage.

'News'papers print what their owners want them to print and as they are largely dependent on advertising for revenue, then any old shit that boosts sales will go in.


God knows how but I was still awake when Newsnight started last night. There was a very informative and balanced feature on the Keith Blakelock murder in the Broadwater Farm riot.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Think you're being a bit harsh on the Beeb. News at Ten and Newsnight still do some decent foreign coverage.

'News'papers print what their owners want them to print and as they are largely dependent on advertising for revenue, then any old shit that boosts sales will go in.


God knows how but I was still awake when Newsnight started last night. There was a very informative and balanced feature on the Keith Blakelock murder in the Broadwater Farm riot.


This is the same Newsnight run by the ex-Guardianista Ian Katz that he has been packing with Labour/marxist reporters and where he now plans to sack Paxman
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Think you're being a bit harsh on the Beeb. News at Ten and Newsnight still do some decent foreign coverage.

'News'papers print what their owners want them to print and as they are largely dependent on advertising for revenue, then any old shit that boosts sales will go in.


God knows how but I was still awake when Newsnight started last night. There was a very informative and balanced feature on the Keith Blakelock murder in the Broadwater Farm riot.


This is the same Newsnight run by the ex-Guardianista Ian Katz that he has been packing with Labour/marxist reporters and where he now plans to sack Paxman


That's the one. To be fair Dawg, I approach anything Beeb with caution but this particular feature was executed quite well.
fartcatcher

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Think you're being a bit harsh on the Beeb. News at Ten and Newsnight still do some decent foreign coverage.

'News'papers print what their owners want them to print and as they are largely dependent on advertising for revenue, then any old shit that boosts sales will go in.


God knows how but I was still awake when Newsnight started last night. There was a very informative and balanced feature on the Keith Blakelock murder in the Broadwater Farm riot.


This is the same Newsnight run by the ex-Guardianista Ian Katz that he has been packing with Labour/marxist reporters and where he now plans to sack Paxman


The Tory press have frequently accused Paxman of being a pinko so they should get on very well together.

Paxman is a Leeds fan btw. I think he keeps quiet about it.
Grind

We all do.
fartcatcher

welcome back Grindster!
Grind

I is totes well back, innit.

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