Monday, December 04, 2006

Have I Got News For You

Ages ago I remember Joee mentioning something like this so I thought I would have a go sifting through the UK national papers to see which might be suitable reading material for Catholics.

The Sun: semi-pornographic comic owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Beloved of white van-driving workmen. Does have some funny headlines, though, if you’re feeling a bit puerile.

Daily Star: Reality TV-obsessed red-top comic owned by a pornographer, Richard Desmond. Unfit to be on sale.

Daily Mirror. Probably the best of the redtops – has always had something of a campaigning angle, but still, like the rest of the redtops a bit of a comic.

Daily Mail: House journal of the suburban middle classes. Traditionally “Hang ‘em and flog ‘em” line but softer of late. Pro-family. Nasty history of supporting Oswald Moseley’s Blackshirts.

Daily Express: traditionally similar line and readership to the Daily Mail. Now owned by the aforementioned pornographer and obsessed with nailing Prince Philip for the murder of Diana Princess of Wales

The Independent
: Moonbat journal for tinfoil-hat wearers convinced Britain and the US are in a conspiracy to destroy the environment, imprison all 1.2 Billion Muslims at Guantanamo Bay and suppress the truth that JFK was murdered by a cabal of Elvis, Marilyn Munroe, The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly who are all still alive and living in a council house in Wigan .With Shergar. Robert Fisk writes for them. Say no more.

The Guardian – unreconstructed left-wing, anti-Catholic and pro-Islamist. A handbook for daily living read by social workers and the type of teacher who wears sandals and wants to get “in with the kidz” by letting them call him by his first name. Employed a militant Islamist linked to Hizb-Ut Tihrir until bloggers ratted him out. The Guardian is a danger to public morals.

The Times – Murdoch-owned but pretty sound and reasonable. Some interesting columnists like former Trotskyist, now reasonable human being, David Aaronovitch. Ruth Gledhill the religious affairs commentator has a blog. She loves the Pope!( or so she says)

The Telegraph – sound on morals and pro Christian. The last of the proper-sized broadsheets unless you count the Financial Times. My favourite columnist is Christopher Howse for his eclectic and scholarly take on Christianity in general and Catholic esoterica in particular. Craig Brown is one of the funniest men alive.


Blogger Joee Blogs said...

I wouldn't say the Telegraph is sound on morals, only a Catholic paper could be so and a sound Catholic paper at that. It's relatively the best though in that it's certainly pro-family. Great post I really like what you've done Dr Paulinus!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the Sunday Telegraph was a sister paper to the Catholic Herald, and therefore likely to be Catholic? I like your point about 'sound Catholic' though, I well remember the wave of revulsion that overtook me when The Crusader stated that people born with mental health problems were born so because their parents were sinners, which opens up a whole new line for Catholic, even wider Christian Theology. I will stick with the Guardian, which I have always found to be challenging (which is what I look for in a paper) with an excellent crossword, oh, and Father, you'll find it has changed it's attitudes towards us a lot in recent years. Mind you, I wear sandals!
Fr Sean.
PS, it seems I will be 'anonymous', I cannot operate the password system.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I had rather hoped you could detect my tongue firmly embedded in my cheek. My rather harsh words towards The Guardian are probably reflect the fact that I am a Guardian apostate. The crossword is very good - I'm just too thick to be able to do it. As for sandals, I wear them too - just not with socks.

The Telegraph is owned by the Barclay brothers - multimillionaire, rather reclusive Catholics which might explain the paper's attitude to the Church. Before them, Conrad Black famously owned the Telegraph group. He now has other things to occupy his time.....

4:46 PM  
Blogger 1dayin7 said...

I can't understand why anyone reads any of these papers. Even the Catholic ones.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Joee Blogs said...

Re "I can't understand why anyone reads any of these papers. Even the Catholic ones."

Errrm, perhaps to find out what's going on in the world To keep up to date on current affairs, to learn about issues in order to stay well rounded?

12:44 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Spot on, Joee.

Seeing through a glass darkly beats keeping your eyes shut.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Brendan Allen said...

A few years ago I read the autobiography of Andrew Neil, BBC TV presenter, and former employee of Rupert Murdoch.

He wrote that Murdoch bought the Times (daily) really for the prestige it brings him. The Sunday Times is profitable, and offsets the losses made by the daily paper.

What struck me most was the line by Neil. I'm not sure if I remember it exactly, but it was on the lines of: "If you want to know what Rupert thinks about something, read The Sun".

3:08 PM  
Blogger Pastor in Valle said...

Lest there be any confusion, the Fr Sean who commented above is not me! I am firmly not a Guardian fan!
(another) Fr Seán

5:05 PM  

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