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Mediajism: That twat Piers Morgan again

24 April 2004

'The Americans have crossed a big line here. I think they should be severely castigated for it,' said the awful Piers Morgan yesterday, after US TV showed pictures of Princess Di's dying moments. He almost sounded as though he meant it.

Since when has the editor of a British tabloid been able to take the moral high ground over Princess Di? Didn't the Mirror, along with the rest of the tabloids, fund the mass stalking of Diana and her children by the paparazzi when she was alive? We're no fans of Diana, but it's totally indefensible to make money by fuelling the hysteria which surrounded her and then complain when another media outlet goes a bit further than you dared.

And maybe this is it. The tabloids are utterly cynical. If he could, Morgan would probably have published the pictures. But even among tabloid readers, there's still a danger of going too far. What Morgan is trying to do is look good in comparison to CBS, as though the Mirror is a paragon of taste and restraint, while 'the Americans' despoil the memory of our beloved Diana...

It's the latest example of extreme hypocrisy on the part of the tabloids. What's amazing about this hypocrisy is that the tabloids themselves don't seem to recognise they're doing it, like a married judge who picks up underage rent boys but can't admit to himself that this makes him any less of a pillar of the

Increasingly, the tabloids peddle a diet of soft porn, whether it's Jordan's tawdry sex confessions or 'stories' that are nothing more than made-up sexual titillation, less explicit than the letters in Razzle but just as implausible ('We made love six times on the polo field,' says posh tottie Francesca...' etc.) These same tabloids spend fortunes exposing promiscuous celebrities, in a process that is effectively entrapment, if not prostitution.

And then if a teenage girl has sex in real life and gets pregnant, she's a feckless dole scrounger. If Club 18-30 kids shag around, it's immoral. If a vicar has an affair, it's OK to ruin his life. It's actually quite sickening: it's fine for the tabloids to make money from an endless diet of sex, but not alright for other people to make mistakes in their sex lives.

On a petty level, it would be sweet revenge to see Piers Morgan caught snorting coke off some prostitute's breasts in a cheap hotel room. But that's still essentially trivial. If anything Piers Morgan and other tabloid editors ought to be castigated for making hypocrisy seem normal.

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