Posted by: docdenbow | May 25, 2013

Amanda Platell – The Doyenne Of Bad Journalism & The Daily Mail

I usually have an opinion about virtually anything. From the best footballer in the Premier League, to the best guitar player in the world, to the best book written by a variety of my favourite authors. I can back up my arguments in a clear and lucid way. When it comes to politics I also have my opinions, but because I spend little time reading the “right” newspapers my opinions are based on belief and dogma rather than reasoned analysis. I know who I want to vote for, why I want to vote for them and why I wouldn’t vote for the others. A lot of the reasons that some parties would not get my vote are related to the manifestos of the parties but there are also factors regarding the personalities of the leaders of these parties that make me steer clear of putting my X next to their candidate when it comes to elections.

There is also another reason – most politicians are liars. It’s just that some lie more than others.

When it comes to newspapers, I do have an opinion. When I was younger I really liked the Today newspaper and bought it daily. That disappeared and so did my daily newspaper buying habits. I relied on nothing more than television and to a lesser extent radio to keep me update on world and national events. Since the purchase of my first computer I started to read news websites, even more so since the arrival of broadband. The advent of smartphones and tablets has made my consumption of news more voracious and the ability for people like me to read around stories to arrive at our own conclusions about current events.

There are certain events that I decide that I don’t wish to read about. That’s not burying my head in the sand, it’s merely because even though my opinion is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things, I do tend to write and publish, for others to read, what I think. I feel very strongly about the events that occurred on Wednesday in Woolwich, but what happened there is far too emotive and raw in the collective consciousness for a middle aged Midlander to add his tuppence worth.

However, there is something that I have seen in the Daily Mail today. I am of course alluding to the morally bankrupt article written by Amanda Platell regarding child pornography.

Daily Mail

Huffington Post

This is the nadir of “journalism.” One of the taglines of the article is that Ms Platell was “asked” to view these websites in the interests of writing an article. Do we need to put our hands into a fire to know that it burns? At best this piece is ill judged, yet the blatant irresponsibility of a widely read daily newspaper to go as far as actually publishing the Google search engine terms used to find these vile sites makes the whole piece more sinister. Ms Platell should have refused the assignment. Ms Platell should not have been requested to “do the research.” Such an article could and should have been written without direct reference to the websites in question and how to find them. Dressing the article up as an insight into the motives of a child murderer is totally devoid of reason and sense as far as I am concerned.

Before you say “Shut it Denbow, you’re a tw*t!” I’m not the only one condemning the publication of this article.

Just wonder how long it will take for the police to ask her questions and I just hope that she doesn’t walk away unscathed claiming that it was all in the name of research.

You were viewing obscene images, Ms Platell.



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