“While a new public apology has been issued today by Mr. Clarkson, what remains to be addressed is his long standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories, and misogyny,” the statement continued. “Unless each of his other pieces were also written ‘in a hurry,’ as he states, it’s clear that this is not an isolated incident shared in haste, but rather a series of articles shared in hate.”
You would think that someone working in PR would know how articles in the press are written.
It would be absolutely astonishing – entirely absurd – if Clarkson spent more than 90 minutes* on any one article. This isn’t history being mulled over, it’s today’s amusement and tomorrow’s fish wrapper.
*Clarkson’s been doing this 40 years now, man and boy. Sure, there’s lots of reading around and listening to the radio and all that, to decide upon a subject. The actual writing of an 800 word piece? 30 mins tops. You don’t bother to sit down until you’ve decided what you want to say after all. Bernard Levin claimed to write his 1,200 word Times pieces in 20 mins each time.