I’ve always known the Mail was a rag but it had certain things going for it. It’s the most popular online newspaper in the world, the type of people who comment there seem to be in the same general area of politics on most of the issues as I am, it’s entertaining, with the most fabulous photography and they DO find the stories from all around the world.
So if some atrocity has happened, they’ll track it down. They came out with the Common Purpose Leveson thing, they take on the high flyers, they took on Rebekah Brooks whom I can’t stand. They took on Mensch – ditto. In the morning I might go to the Telegraph for the news, then the Mail to see what they say and then to fellow bloggers to see what they’ve picked up on.
Yet there are warning signs all over the place and I should have picked up on them. I didn’t. Long ago, Cherie said not to believe anything there and I still dispute that in the sense that they do identify issues no other paper will touch, they do get the hospital name right or the Washington sleaze but in that very statement is one of the problems – it is all sleaze they identify.
That came out just now [I've just clicked out] when they had stories on someone sawing someone else’s spine, schoolgirl pretending to be a boy to take someone’s virginity, taxpayer funded sex changes, “yob killed autistic gay teenager at his 18th birthday party by covering him in tanning oil and setting his groin alight,” and so on and so on.
Maybe it was because there were just so many of these – it went on and on and on and then there are the mutated animals they show big pics of and “women who wash intimate areas with shower gels and soaps ‘increase their risk of sexually transmitted infections’” and I started to think – hey, I don’t like these things. A few nasty stories – OK – but this is a steady diet of them.
Femail has always worried me, not for showing nublie women but for showing lowlife women and holding them up as good. This one though stopped me now and made me think: ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God’: Watch what happened when two screaming, retching men were forced to watch a woman giving birth.
I started to think – when did they last show ordinary, normal men doing ordinary things or even heroic things – saving people etc.? But they always show women in heroic situations.
Then I thought back to how they also portray women as pathetic creatures who always mess things up and hey – what exactly is going on here?
What brought it to a head was yesterday when I tried to leave a comment correcting the commenters on who was behind Leveson’s attempt to control the press. Common Purpose. That became a post at OoL and a bit of a rant against the Mail’s blocking tactics.
I have gone to great lengths to explain this to my wife time and time again, the Daily Mail is not a “right wing” paper. It is a disinformation instrument. Stop wasting your time, close that tab.
Thinking about it – yes, it is a disinformation instrument. It takes a political point of view or area of the society as a product and plays to the product without believing any of it. They were determined to push this “rich people behind Leveson, who are they” thing, which neatly sidestepped CP. And in came the commenters asking oh, whoever could that be? That vague Them up there who don’t care for us.
It’s all product. It’s all theatre and unwittingly, we are theatre too – the centre-right UKIP types who comment at the Telegraph and Mail and have given up on the Guardian and Independent. Tea Party types. We see ourselves as ordinary people of the UK who’ve had enough and we identify all the atrocities, all the corruption above and perhaps that’s exactly what we’re manipulated to do, like marionettes.
I do believe in all those people I’ve corresponded with and am sure they’re genuine but let’s face it, our primary sources are in the news media and a narrow range of that media. And they’re desperate to get the bad news to us to make us feel worse or to be up in arms and rail against things till we lose our nerves.
Endless tales of atrocity, the overt sexism and then overt misandry to go with it have the effect of dulling the senses to these things. Until yesterday when I thought – enough of this. So where can I go for news? Toynbee at the Guardian?