The Charlotte Church Countdown ClockJanuary 2, 2012 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch13 CommentsIt did happen but it wasn\’t the newspapers running it. previousNo dearie, nonextTimmy elsewhere 13 thoughts on “The Charlotte Church Countdown Clock” dearieme January 2, 2012 at 11:42 am If only the Tox Dadger were to join the News of the Screws in journalistic Valhalla, …. Perhaps Miss Penny’s the girl to bring it about. dearieme January 2, 2012 at 11:45 am Come to think of it, since she writes for the Tox Dadger shouldn’t you refer to her as Ms Peeny? Tim Newman January 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm One of the ironic things about the Guardian’s bringing down the NotW is that probably quite a few of the journos and other employees recently laid-off by the Guardian cheered when the NotW folded. I expect they’re not cheering now they’re trying to find work in a marketplace which has been flooded by an entire organ’s worth of experienced personnel. Chances are there will be a fair few ex-Guardian employees who would now be in employment elsewhere if the NotW had stayed in operation. This is one of the reasons I would not cheer the demise of a rival supermajor oil company, last thing we all want is a few thousand people who can do exactly what we all do sending in their CVs. Serf January 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm ….an entire organ’s worth of experienced personnel…. Quite appropriate for the NofTW Fnarr Ian B January 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm I think the most important point here is not whether or not the clock existed, but that there is nothing actually wrong with said clock. I’m also trying to remember where I read that column by a female journalist lamenting that now that Justin Bieber was starting to look grown up, she no longer found him adequate fantasy fodder. rich b January 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm and yet no one mentions the Broadcasting Standards Commision complaint upheld against Chris Moyles in 2002, but I guess thats different because it was on the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/2162307.stm DJ January 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm And then there’s the whole ‘Twilight Moms’ thing. As someone once said, if a bunch of forty-something guys were letching over a teenage girl, feminazis would be demanding air strikes. John77 January 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm Ian B There WAS something wrong with the website publishing said clock. It was sick. Reports of it upset Miss Church and her family, who feared it might incite idiots to make unwanted sexual advances at her. That is *wrong*. I don’t care about the tirades by militant feminists, but offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG. Surreptitious Evil January 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm “offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG.” It may, indeed, be morally wrong. But that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. The difference between libertarian and statist views. I think professional football is a complete waste of time and money and it clearly contributes to an aggressive sub-culture, involving children in acts of GBH. However, I’ve never called for it to be banned. Ian B January 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm Reports of it upset Miss Church and her family, who feared it might incite idiots to make unwanted sexual advances at her. I’m afraid to say that unwanted sexual advances by idiots are all part of the joy, or otherwise, of being a pretty teenage girl. It’s hard to see how a clock on a website was going to have any effect on that. It may have been silly or gauche or rude or insulting, and in that sense “wrong”, but not wrong in any profound sense. So Much For Subtlety January 3, 2012 at 1:02 am John77 – “I don’t care about the tirades by militant feminists, but offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG.” John, I am mortally offended by your views. They frighten me because I am afraid someone will attempt to legislate them into existence. So be a good chap and shut up from now on. Fair enough, hey Johnny? John77 January 4, 2012 at 1:22 am @ SMFS Get stuffed. Anyway you are too late. 60 years ago I saw little thugs trying to hurt and frighten other kids and I stepped in the way. What we have now is school policies that will punish any small kid who hits back while letting off the bully. The legislation already exists and does not work. Someone with guts does (it helps if, like in my next school, the captain of football supports those who dislike bullying, but that isn’t essential) . John77 January 4, 2012 at 1:27 am @ SE I didn’t say it should be banned: I said it was wrong. A clever lawyer will find a way round a ban. @ Ian B How stupid are you? Or are you just pretending to be stupid? The clock on the website was obviously expected to increase the number of unwelcome advances. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.