Not Saussure

April 2, 2007

What the papers say

Filed under: UK, Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 11:23 pm

Sorry, no blogging today, partly since Dan Goodman has had me looking up sousveillance, about which I may be writing shortly, but I can’t neglect the opportunity to direct people, if they haven’t already seen it via other references — Tim Worstall and Mr Eugenides (to whom I am indebted for a very generous mention ), for example — to the spectacle of the Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, getting completely done over by Piers Morgan in an interview in The Indy.    Guido got off lightly, is all I can say.   A sample:

PM: That means that you earned £520,000 last year alone. That’s more than the editor of The Sun by a long way.

AR: I’ll talk to you off the record about this, but not on the record.

PM: Why? In The Guardian, you never stop banging on about fat cats. Do you think that your readers would be pleased to hear that you earned £520,000 last year? Are you worth it?

AR: That’s for others to say.

PM: Wouldn’t it be more Guardian-like, more socialist, to take a bit less and spread the pot around a bit? We have this quaint idea that you guys are into that “all men are equal” nonsense, but you’re not really, are you? You seem a lot more “equal” than others on your paper.

AR: Er… [silence].

PM: Do you ever get awkward moments when your bonus gets published? Do you wince and think, “Oh dear, Polly Toynbee’s not going to like this one.”

AR: Er… [silence].

PM: Or is Polly raking in so much herself that she wouldn’t mind?

AR: Er… [silence].

PM: Are you embarrassed by it?

AR: No. I didn’t ask for the money. And I do declare it, too.

PM: But if you earned £520,000 last year, then that must make you a multimillionaire.

AR: You say I’m a millionaire?

PM: You must be – unless you’re giving it all away to charity…

AR: Er…

PM: What’s your house worth?

AR: I don’t want to talk about these aspects of my life.

PM: You think it’s all private?

AR: I do really, yes.

PM: Did you think that about Peter Mandelson’s house? I mean, you broke that story.

AR: I, er… it was a story about an elected politician.

PM: And you’re not as accountable. You just reserve the right to expose his private life.

Also on the subject of newspapers, Rachel has an account of a deplorable stunt by the News of the World in cahoots with some ambulance-chasing no-win, no-fee specialists.

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