What's going on at The Guardian?
Across the inner cities of the world, goes out the cry these days -- has The Guardian
completely lost the plot? Three weeks ago, the paper edition of what is increasingly a news site had a hefty 20% price hike, to £1.20 an issue -- enough of a psychological barrier for many former addicts to wonder if we really needed it every day. Then editor Alan Rusbridger posted a
"letter to readers" in which he claimed among other reasons for supporting the paper, the WikiLeaks/cablegate stories -- months after its journalists had written a peekaboo book about the affair, traduced their source in numerous stories, and sold the book to Hollywood.
Now, news editor Ian Katz is sourcing stories on Twitter
This seems to be the upmarket version of the ad The Su
n used to run, and was much-mocked for -- "Got a story? Call the Sun on XXXXXXXX" -- but The Grauniad
has gone one stage further, with the announcement that it will open its daily newslists
for the next day's edition, so that readers can help out with them.
Not only do you have to write the sodding paper on Twitter, you now have to edit it too. No word yet on how much of Rusbridger's £400,000-plus salary will be distributed in the same manner. Perhaps eventually, like the state, The Guardian
will wither away. It certainly seems to be the strategy of its current management. -- Guy Rundle
Pasting elitism onto The Monthly.
Cut and Paste was set to work reading The Monthly
today, as News Limited went to the mattresses over Anne Summers' unthreading of Andrew Bolt -- and scored, by taking a slab of a Don Watson piece, reflecting on class differences in car purchases, and pinging him for, uh, reflecting on class differences in car purchases, which was elitist. There are no elitists at News Ltd -- except perhaps for Bolt, who titled a piece
on racist gangs in Melbourne's west as "The underclass stirs", suggested that nobody in Dandenong -- or any outer suburb we presume -- reads a book
, and implied that the prime cause of murderous violence was living in a caravan park
No elitism there, just God's word to the elect. -- Guy Rundle
Front page of the day.
This graphic front page from Egypt, which saw at least 24 killed yesterday in protests between Christians and the military ...