Journalist doesn’t understand what “editorial line” means

And I care very much that multiple national newspapers won’t run stories about trans people if those stories conflict with the “narrative” they push in their pages.

Other stories we won’t find:

“This capitalism is a bit of all right” – The Guardian.

“Marx, the prophet of our age” – The Telegraph

“Immigrants push up house prices and cure cancer” – Daily Mail.

“Look at the flat chest on this!” – The Sun

I do find it astonishing that someone can be a successful – and career – journalist and not grasp the idea of “editorial line” in a newspaper.

15 thoughts on “Journalist doesn’t understand what “editorial line” means”

  1. Not quite. The demand is not that a newspaper should betray its editorial line; rather, that the subject be treated as non-political, as settled science. Then the line becomes “You can’t dispute X, it’s settled science!” We hear the same from the climate campaigners.

  2. And I care very much that that the Guardian pays peanuts while the Mail pays much more but still won’t print my shit.

  3. As far as the BBC goes, I’d much rather it stopped giving uncritical coverage of anti-trans misinformation and scaremongering; when some programmes appear to have a very anti-trans agenda

    That Songs of Praise episode where Sir Harry Secombe sang “I Believe” while cheerfully firing a giant trebuchet loaded full of drag queens into Carmarthen Bay was pretty good.

  4. In one, a YouGov poll reported that most people, especially women, are in favour of gender recognition reform. […] Meanwhile PinkNews, which commissioned the poll

    Isn’t it amazing how often opinion polls confirm whatever the organisation paying for the opinion poll hoped they’d confirm though?

    Capitalism is great indeed.

  5. Be fair now. Carrie’s extremely good at the specific specialty, tech journalism. Annoyingly good in fact, I’ve certainly long been jealous of the ability there.

  6. I have the impression the Daily Mail is trying to distance itself from the Brexit constituency nowadays or at least make itself less embarrassing to be seen with. You can see the point, old people from Stoke are alright but they can`t lose London and professional London commuters completely .
    The Express seems to be occupying the incontinent bigot territory nowadays
    (Telegraph seems pretty relaxed about the a big state “Conservative “Party provided it is also supports the old socially illiberal closet racists that are its readership…)

  7. You are not only a scummy traitor Fecepaint but you are time-warped.

    A sack of shite called Greig took over as DM editor 2+ years ago and at once started trying to lick out Treason May and her shite sellout.

    Try to keep up Numbnuts.

  8. Incisive analysis as usual from Newmy. Who would have guessed he reads newspapers? As usual, though, he doesn’t show any understanding

  9. national newspapers won’t run stories about trans people if those stories conflict with the “narrative” they push in their pages.

    I’m sure the papers are constantly turning down articles which show that trannies are useful members of the community and not toxic noncey nut jobs.

  10. Dennis, Septic to the Masses

    I do find it astonishing that someone can be a successful – and career – journalist and not grasp the idea of “editorial line” in a newspaper.

    Carrie fully understands the idea of editorial line. She’s using hers in the post you’ve referenced. This isn’t about not understanding, it’s about protecting her line at the expense of other lines.

  11. Given that newspapers tend to print stories that may be of interest to their readership, could it be that not many people are interested in what Trans people are up to? Or that Trans people are not as interesting to the general public as they imagine they are?

  12. Having read “Carrie Fisher” on the subject of weighted blankets, seems to me several square metres of hessian impregnated with cement would be the way to go. The Karcher mower left me unmoved but if the company produces a heavy duty brushwood shredder I can think of something could be advantageously fed through it. possibly before covering with the weighted sheet.

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