With such a range of information and media sources for everyone to choose from these days I just wonder whom the print media see as their target audience these days.
I admit to being a Guardian reader in days gone by even though I have never worn open toed sandals in my life. I also used to look to BBC News and the Today programme for a lot of my information. Sad isn’t it. However these days my diet is much more varied and interesting and illuminating. I find the values of the BBC news gatekeepers so out of touch with what is going on in the country and the language they use so propagandist that it has little value to me as a news source.
A lot of the gradual changes in my sources of information have occurred since the Iraq war. So Tony Blair has to live with not only totally fucking up the Middle East killing enormous numbers of people, but responsibility for my change of reading habits as well. No wonder he is looking wizened.
My media choices now are are very different and much more informative.
Le Monde Diplomatique is my monthly paper of choice with interim input from Al Jazeera and RT.com particularily The Kaiser Report, Watching the Hawks and Redacted Tonight. Many other sources are out there like Ringoffireradio.com and other great websites like Sign of the Times/SOTT.com all of whom do better research and ask better questions than MSM.
Reading these sort of things obviously makes me a subversive, even though, to keep our Prime Minister happy, I have always tried ‘to do the right thing’.
I remember, from a long time ago, the sort of sheet that got copied and handed round the office to give a chuckle on slow days a particular one that categorised the readers of some main newspaper titles. I recall a version of it also ended up in an episode of Yes Minister.
If I remember correctly it was along the lines of :
The Times is read by those that run the country.
The Financial Times is read by those who own the country.
The Daily Telegraph is read by those who think the country should be run the way it used to be.
The Daily Express is read by those who still think it is.
The Daily Mail is read by the wives of those who run the country.
The Guardian is read by those who think they run the country.
The Morning Star is read by those who think the country should be run by another country.
The Daily Mirror is read by those who think the workers should run the country.
The Sun is read by those who do not care who runs the country as long as she has got big tits.
In a strange way, at the time, this had a resonance of truth about it, but now it seems a very dated view. So I think we should update this to a more modern version of MSM readerships.
My 2015 version is :
The Times is read by subscribers who run the country and need to keep up to date with instructions from the Bilderberg secretariat and their various commercial sponsors.
The Financial Times is read by those who own the country and need to see which other countries they can buy.
The Daily Telegraph is read by those who think the country should be run by The Armed Forces and that The British Commonwealth has been a great disappointment.
The Daily Express is read by those who cannot remember who runs the country and whose close relatives are hoping for a cure for Altzeimers.
The Daily Mail is read by those who think lovely Prince William rules the country and are looking for fashion tips from Kate Middleton.
The Guardian is read by those who could run the country better so long as it can wait while they drink their pomegranate and carrot juice.
The Morning Star is read by those who ought to run the country.
The Daily Mirror is read by those who are fed up with those who run the country.
The Sun is read by those who are happy to let any big Tory tit run the country providing they can park their white van on double yellow lines with impunity.
Sadly The News of The World is now only able to be read by those who used to run the country and other political zombies like Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson.