Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rod Liddle and the Indy: A rather daft Facebook campaign

The Facebook campaign against Rod Liddle's rumoured appointment-to-be as the next editor of the Independent amuses me. Over 3000 people have signed up to the protest so far - amazing really, considering Liddle's rumoured champion, Alexander Lebedev (the Russian oligarch presently burying alive the London Evening Standard), has yet to buy the paper.

It amuses me for many reasons. For instance, I don't recall a Facebook campaign against the Indy's present editor Roger Alton at the time of his appointment - he'd war-mongered for Blair on the liberal/leftist Observer during the Iraq invasion just because the government paid court to him and one of his ignorant sidekicks.

"Make a stand here for standards in the British press," say the Facebook petitioners. Yet Liddle has made his plastic name writing silly posturing things in The Sunday Times, the Spectator and elsewhere. What standards in the British press?

11 comments:

A gnarled ex-editor said...

Succinctly put, Madame. However, the protest proves that the British newspaper audience feel under-represented by the current line-up of prints. The old rightward imbalance is a reminder of the old days which only ended with Blair.

Anonymous said...

I think I agree with you but as ever I'm not quite certain what you're saying. Would you like Liddle to be editor, don't care or are you hostile?

LF Barfe said...

I think the Madame's saying that Liddle's appointment wouldn't reduce press standards noticeably, because they're so low already. Despite thinking he's a terrible anus, I've not joined the Facebook group because a) I have a problem with mobs, even if I agree with them and b) I don't read the Independent as it is.

Five-Centres said...

How long before these silly Facebook groups and internet lynch mobs are dismissed as cranks and boorish sticking-it-to the man eternal students?

I'm finding these tedious campaigns utterly tiresome, childish and pointless. So, Rage Against The Machine kept Simon Cowell's puppet off the Christmas number one spot. Woo-hoo! We did it! Er, now what?

I don't care for Liddle, but I care for these flashmobs even less.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you LF. If I could be persuaded that none of the 3000+ petitioners don't read the Sunday Times or Speccie because of Liddle, then I'd consider adding my name.

I ceased reading the Indy a long time ago, around the time it ran a sponsored diamonds supplement. I wrote about it and Private Eye followed up. I did however happen upon part of a copy recently in a public place, opened it at random, and read an interesting piece on Heidi Fleiss and her stay in the CBB house. The former madame, pimp and jailbird is apparently a hero now. She may be, the Indy isn't.

Anonymous said...

I see Google has delisted your Iris Robinson cock story. Did you realise you'd been censored?

Anonymous said...

Liddle is scum.

Media Cunt said...

What a let-down is Roger Alton on the Indy. He had quite a fanbase on the Observer, his stock was high. Best to quit while you're ahead. The Indy frontpages are still masterclasses in posing, worthy and rubbishy, and certainly unattractive. The only good thing about the paper is Johann Hari who improves with age. I can't see him surviving under the imbecile Liddle - expect mass emigration from the Sunday Times.

Green Goddess said...

If Rod Liddle becomes editor of the Indy I'll always start buying it ever again. Oh, isn't that right? Gotta love a man who can cheat on his wife on their honeymoon night...

Dirty Euro said...

I utterly hate Rod Liddle he said in his spectator article that he thinks bullying is OK. Yet he goes on about black people all the time about how they do tonnes of muggings.
So how can he construe his points the muggings are wrong but that bullying is OK.
Or is is only when black people do it he gets upset.
He is an evil bullying thug.
He is a boring skeleton maggot creature.
And he needs Viagra to get it up.
Makes you wonder if there is a link between his obsession with young black men and not being able to get it up.

Madame Arcati said...

I never imagined how hated Liddle is until this Indy business started up. I stick to my first impression that he is a weakling who has lapsed into caricature to please the bullies he works for - esp at the Sunday Times, a filthy pit of thugs as ever was. Once a hero of Today he is now a cultural pariah. Tragic.