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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

29/10/2012

The Guardian is a newspaper whose copy-editing is so lamentably bad, and has been consistently so for decades, that if you refer in conversation to The Grauniad everyone will know what you mean. Indeed, the domain www.grauniad.co.uk is registered to the paper and redirects to its own website.

It once even managed to mis-spell its own name as The Gaurdian. On Friday it published an extensive interview with Sir David Attenborough, the broadcaster and naturalist who, in Japan, would undoubtedly be classed as a living national treasure.  It was to mark the imminent launch of a BBC series about his 60 years in broadcasting. The only slight problem is that the URL for the interview is http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/oct/26/richard-attenborough-climate-global-arctic-environment. Richard is David’s elder brother,  and is a film actor, director and producer.

As for British newspapers:
PM Jim Hacker: “Don’t tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country, the Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country, the Times is read by people who actually do run the country, the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country, the Financial Times is read by people who own the country, the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.”
Sir Humphrey Appleby: “Prime Minister, what about the people who read the Sun?”
Bernard Wooley:Sun readers don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.”
[From a 1987 episode of Yes, Prime Minister. Nothing has changed in 25 years]

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