Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The censoriousness of The Daily Telegraph

Upon hearing of the ill treatment of Guido Fawkes at the hands of The Daily Telegraph, Cranmer posted this today upon Janet Daley’s blog. It has been deleted (the first time any of his musings has been so treated), but this is more or less as he remembers it:

It is no surprise to learn that The Daily Telegraph stands accused of deception and betrayal. Its standards have declined over recent years, for the Barclay brothers know little and care even less about journalism.

Observing the eradication of such institutions as Craig Brown and AN Wilson, not to mention Patrick Barclay, Sam Leith, Andrew McKie, and also noting the phasing out of the regular columns of Iain Dale and Daniel Hannan MEP, the Barclay brothers have convened a coterie of Labour-leaning and like-minded journalists who criticise the Conservative Party and berate the Church of England at every turn. Many of its articles evidence government partiality. Where comments are invited, postings can take hours to be published, and those which have immediate publication are arbitrarily deleted without reason, thus hindering reasonable argument and stifling debate.

It has been long observed that the Barclay brothers are notoriously touchy about any criticism. They have been happy to use laws that inhibit press freedom. They want their papers to be mouthpieces for their own reactionary opinions and clamp down - through intermediaries - on anything that runs counter to their views. They are utterly intolerant of voices raised in protest - religiously or politically.

The Daily Telegraph is not only opposed to all that Mr Fawkes seeks to achieve in exposing political corruption and hypocrisy: it has become antithetical to all that is noble, true and honourable.

If someone from The Telegraph would care to explain why this did not pass your censors, His Grace would be most appreciative.

Or is it that he is simply too near the truth?


Anonymous Julie Donaldson said...

Well said. The house of cards is collapsing at warp speed Your Grace.

14 April 2009 at 18:09  
Anonymous emachine said...

I can feel the weight lifting off my shoulders already Your grace. This nation has suffered for too long now. It seems so appropriate that Easter has somehow been the time for a resurection.

14 April 2009 at 18:13  
Anonymous joshua said...

I hope this leads to an early election. This lot needs to be ejected ASAP if we are to have any chance of turning things around.

14 April 2009 at 18:14  
Anonymous Britishwarrior said...

Its too near the truth without doubt. I have had so many comments deleted on their site in the past, that I have long since given up on it as a serious place of opinion and debate.

14 April 2009 at 18:30  
Anonymous Washed out said...

These are sad times.

14 April 2009 at 18:34  
Anonymous oiznop said...

I am really shocked that this has been deleted. I sometimes read your comments in the threads of Telegraph blogs and they are without exception intelligent and valid contributions to the debates. If this is the way the Telegraph is going, it ceases being a leading Tory blog at all. But then the paper stopped being Tory ages ago.

14 April 2009 at 18:45  
Blogger Oldrightie said...

I love a goodish dose of innuendo but still hanker after truth at every turn. For a very long time, 15 years or so, Labour have sought to influence adversely, the truths of human decency and the tenets of Christian teaching. It in not necessary to believe in God to still understand the proper way for people to live together. That is not the decadence and horror of child toturers of other children, broken families and feral youths so nurtured and expanded by this Government and its policies. The proper way is a Christian way.

14 April 2009 at 18:47  
OpenID pol-e-tics said...

If I might add my small observations to your more deeply observed piece, your Grace:

I have today made my own comment on the less than salubrious shortcomings of the former Torygraph organ concerning 'the current affair'.

Since Feedburner has totally failed in its duties today, I humbly provide a link for those few who may wish to follow:

Dog eats dog

14 April 2009 at 20:17  
Blogger 45govt said...

Your Grace, myself and my alter ego blishlock have suffered greatly in the the Telegraph's deletions, nad I have lost not only posts, but personalities. I believe I have lost six or seven twin brothers by now, but live to fight on with several survivors!

The Labourgraph has become a risible rag under the current stewardship - it says something when it was better run by a convicted felon than the current pair of sibling shysters.

14 April 2009 at 20:22  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr 45govt,

You are most welcome from The Telegraph to His Grace's august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political.

His Grace was rather fond of Lord Black, and longs for the good old days. The Socialist-Catholic over-zealous censoriousness of the Barclays is alarming.

14 April 2009 at 20:33  
Anonymous Jaz said...

We have crossed paths in a different, er, parish (ATW) but I could not agree with you more on this. The Telegraph is a very pale shadow of its former self since the odious Barclay Brothers took it over and sacked pretty well everyone who was any goodd

14 April 2009 at 21:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Mark Steyn, their wisest and wittiest writer who was also shoved out.

Who is their religious correspondant? - some neophyte liberla cleric called George Pilchard, I think.

14 April 2009 at 21:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or has the Spectator Magazine vanished from Cyberspace?

14 April 2009 at 22:26  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The DT wasn't above stealing Guido's scoop though, was it. And all the while it's journos rubbished the efficacy of political bloggers.

I love the stink of hypocrisy in the morning...

14 April 2009 at 22:48  
Anonymous the recusant said...

The unholy alliance of solidarity in the face of adversity that print and broadcast journalists, from all sides of the political divide subscribe too was nowhere more clearly evidenced than in the aftermath of the BBC’s Andrew Gilligan / WMD debacle. The way they clubbed together to defend their oppressed comrade was an education in itself, redolent of the Drefusian mantra: un pour tous, tous pour un; Safety in numbers indeed.

Yet again we see evidence of this siege mentality that transcends the bounds of proprietorship from these officious, self regarding print and TV dinosaurs, on seeing many local newspapers going into receivership and some nationals likely to follow, decreasing wages and reduced circulations, tightened expense accounts and longer hours, they lash out at any and all who may be perceived as the culprit, in this case right wing bloggs.

The loudest squeals come from the most entrenched of the former opinion makers messers White, Toynbee, Alibhai-Brown, John Snow and the like. Unable to conceive of an audience that doesn’t hang on their every syllable, grateful for their unique ability to dumb-down or explain events that we, the great unwashed are too stupid to interpret for ourselves, it really is their inflated pride I fear that is most wounded.

They are redundant, there are too many of them and fewer listen to their screams illiberal liberal rantings. The carnivore that is the bloggsphere has come to feed on the fat, contemptuous overfed herd that was once the opinion formers of Fleet Street, or wherever they congregate. I say tuck in Bloggers there is enough for all.

14 April 2009 at 22:59  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Anonymous (yesterday at 22:26)

It's just you. The online Speccie is still alive and kicking, though sometimes it doesn't kick quite as hard as it ought to.

15 April 2009 at 02:42  
Blogger Beaverbrook said...

It was much better under the tutelage of Lord Black.

15 April 2009 at 05:17  
Anonymous THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH said...

Free speech is merely a memory of times past, we now have a more ordered truth, free of any personal ideals, and in harmony with the current political situation.

15 April 2009 at 08:24  
Anonymous Chris said...

I think His Grace has fallen afoul of Bierce's old saw about the vaunted 'freedom' of the press being nothing but "...the freedom of the editor to print as much of the publishers' opinions as the advertisers will tolerate."

15 April 2009 at 10:33  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

i>It was much better under the tutelage of Lord Black. Beaverbrook today at 05:17)

And very much better under the Berrys.

15 April 2009 at 12:22  
Anonymous bergen said...

It won't bother the Barclay brothers but I've given up buying it and switched to the Indy(no,don't mock).

Bill Deedes would be appalled.I wouldn't wrap my chips in it now.

15 April 2009 at 16:18  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The Business was another Barclay success =- Maxwell launched it and Barclay buried it....now as to the Telegraph RIP

15 April 2009 at 22:53  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The European was a Maxwell success buried by the Barclay twins as a tabloid....The Business was not a Maxwell product but the Barclay brothers destroyed it anyway - they are property speculators and cannot run newspapers

16 April 2009 at 07:54  
Anonymous Nimblehippo said...

There are still some good bits in the Telegraph - the leader at easter about christian persecution was very good- its not all doom and gloom, but is certainly not what it once was, and don't get me started on their religious affairs person!

16 April 2009 at 21:15  

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