Tuesday 28th of January 2020

The conscience of the press...

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In 1960, Sir Linton Andrews wrote a long article about “The Conscience of the Press”. This article is nowhere to be found on the internet and information about Linton Andrews is quite sparse. He had been a journalist and one of the president of the Press Council after a Royal Commission — to inquire into the finances, control, management and ownership of the press — had been voted upon by the British Attlee government in 1946…


By whatever coincidence, Gus has “The Conscience of the Press” article in full, in a printing manual publication and it makes an interesting reading considering the present battle between freedom of the press and “fake news” horrors, which to say the least has always been a problem, even before the days of Junius.

Say Junius’ letters to the Public Advertiser, an 18th century London Newspaper, had the objective to inform the public of their historical and constitutional rights and liberties as Englishmen — and to highlight where and how the government had infringed upon these rights.

Junius' private correspondence has also been preserved, written in his disguised handwriting. Junius communicated with Pitt, with George Grenville, with Wilkes  — all opponents of the Duke of Grafton, who Junius exposed as corrupt — and correspondence with Henry Sampson Woodfall, printer and part owner of the Public Advertiser.

The letters show a principled man, ahead of his time, exposing blatant corruption by the only means available — anonymity — in a country struggling with the idea of freedom of speech. Here on yourdemocracy (YD) we’re still manning the same conflicted barricade — fighting the media grand freedom to tell polished porkies, fighting a blatantly lying government, versus the need of exposing the hidden truth.

Back to Sir Linton Andrews:

The Second World War, as wars always do, made people go hotfoot for reform in many directions. Hostile eyes were turned towards the Press and its supposedly sluggish conscience. There were fears that the control of public opinion was falling into the hands of a few newspaper millionaires, that the tone of the Press was declining, that there was too much exploitation of sex and crime.

Nothing new today… The Royal Commission, thus formed in 1947, reported back in 1949. It was generally agreed that the British Press was “inferior to none in the the world and free from corruption". But it was agreed that "newspapers, with a few exceptions, failed to supply the electorate with adequate materials for sound political judgement". “(bad?) consideration of news value acted as a distorting medium”. The need to raise Press standards which was the main finding of the Commission, failed short of finding any “sinister Press influences” as some people had hoped for. After a few years of operations, the Council was still divided about self-reform and self-defence. By the 1970s, many journalists rumbled about the way the Press was run. This was in a world where TV was starting to take hold of news dissemination, but before the internet and "social media”. One still had to go to libraries for reliable references or find articles like “The Conscience of the Press” by accident...

Linton Andrews, born in Kingston upon Hull in 1886, first became a journalism for the Sheffield Telegraph, then worked as a journalist for a number of local newspapers. He became editor of the Leeds Mercury from 1923 until it merged with the Yorkshire Post in 1939, a paper he became the editor of, eventually.

Andrews became a president of the Guild of British Newspaper Editors. He was knighted in 1954. He was also a founder member of the Press Council, and was its Chairman from 1955 to 1959. He died in 1972, aged 86.

The Press Council was a British voluntary press organisation founded under threat of statutory regulation, as General Council in 1953, with a non-binding regulatory framework. The Council was mostly funded by newspaper proprietors, with the stated aim of maintaining high standards of ethics in journalism. The General Council was reformed as the Press Council in 1962. Due to the Council inefficiencies and interferences, the National Union of Journalists withdrew from membership in 1980. In 1991, the Press Council was replaced by the Press Complaints Commission. This showed that things had not improved. Even in 1960, newspaper "investigations" were often seen as "an invasion of private rights"… We shall shed a tear for “The News of the World” here (pictured at top, 1960). We also know of governments still hiding misdeeds under various “secrecy acts” and “national interest” grandstanding and court cases against witness K and defending lawyers. And keeping Julian Assange in prison against all forms of justice.

But back in 1960, Sir Linton was still optimistic, despite some reservation:

Finally the American Editor’s code expresses the hope that deliberate pandering by newspapers to vicious interests will encounter public disapproval or yield to the influence of a preponderant professional condemnation. This hope is one that decent, public spirited citizens will share, but it has often been disappointed.

This showed that the Press’s problems were not exclusive to England. And in order to write crap in the Press, many articles are now expressed under the cover of “opinions”. We know that the truth is always difficult to find and when found, governments will imprison the messenger. Here think Assange. 

So Sir Linton concluded:

It is difficult to persuade the public that journalists are as honest, public spirited and faithful to a high trust as they mostly are. But as the Press Council does its work year after year and gains more and more publicity for its views there will be, I think, a stronger tendency to realize that the Press, in spite of occasional irresponsibility and triviality, fights hard for freedom, that it has a keen conscience and that we may still pay heed to the word of Junius: "Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the Press is the palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights.”

Here we have to warn that these rights thus include the freedom to tell porkies, including the fake news of religion — while the reality of sciences will often be buried. 

Good luck to all of us. Free Assange today.

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The last pages of the NotW were telling... Proud to call itself the world's greatest newspaper, and having become part of the Murdoch empire, it bit the dust in 2011, after a few scandals too many, including grafts to the police and phone intercepts of no value but designed to embarrass celebs who to say the least have done pretty well at embarrassing themselves on shows like "I'M A CELEBRITY — Get me out of here" or "The Apprentice"...


The present feminine Press is even worse than the NotW ever was — but the scandal is that the exposed are often participating in being scandalously exposed. The magazine for females are full of pregnant celebs and royals (before and after the royal coitus) plus sexy legs and sexy butts often promoting the new lowlife that inhabits the social "media" and that makes a killing by selling stuff — which the celebs would not sell without the scandals nor the curve of their arse plastered in the femmes-mags...


The Press (the media) has become exactly what Sir Linton was fighting against. And in term of political enlightenment, one can mention zero — unless it is to follow a "liberal" (CONservative) politician in his or her lovely exclusive kitchen, where the turnips could represent the ideal populace and kale is de rigour as to show us, voting dummies, that these never-lying denialist pollies are with the latest trends (though I believe this one was last year's or the year before). 


But the hard pill to take is the constant assault on sciences and scientists in the Murdoch media. We shall continue to fight against this.


And by the way, the new Royals are giving up being Royals...


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will step back as "senior" royals and work to become financially independent.

In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan also said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America.

The BBC understands no other royal - including the Queen or Prince William - was consulted before the statement and Buckingham Palace is "disappointed".

Senior royals are understood to be "hurt" by the announcement.

Last October, Prince Harry and Meghan publicly revealed their struggles under the media spotlight.

In their unexpected statement on Wednesday, also posted on their Instagram page, the couple said they made the decision "after many months of reflection and internal discussions".

"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."


I don't see the factory floor of a steel mill opening its doors to the royals. I see more stuff like "public relations" and charitable enterprises or, like Tony Blair, selling consultancy or what about weapons. Yes weaponry is a good business... Meanwhile, good luck to the whole royal circus and long live the Republic.


We can only hope that the self-de-royaled will fight for exposing the dangers of global warming, though their travels may burn too many of their carbon footprints...

a sunny day at the beach...

There was another important article in the reputable Sunday Telegraph (I’m not allowed to call it the rubbish Turdograph anymore), of 29 December 2019. It was written by the string-theory elastic specialist, eminent professor Dr Katt Hall, of the physics department at Murdoch Notre d’Empirium University. 

How much would you pay for a piece of string?” 

I dunno...

This informative article did a lot of name dropping, including the Kardashians', and ends up with: “So, just how much would you pay for the luxury of having a piece of string sandwiched between two sweaty sunbeaten bum cheeks? Not $187, that’s for sure."

I dunno. Is it diamond studded?

Oh I see. It must have been a satire on females using strings to cover their arse. Unless it was a subtle way to introduce the biggest naked bumcrack ever seen, competing with Miss BumBum's (I know my classics from the adverts on the side of serious net-icles), of a certain Tammy Hembrow, mother of two, fully string-clothed in the picture, which was obviously available from Instagram in a couple of million pixels/inch… Yes nude pictures tend to sell papers. The Daily Murdoch (Daily Mirror) used to have naked breasted ladies on its famous page 3, until Mr Murdoch, getting a bit old, thought that this was a bit tacky, especially when it merged with the more restrained Telegraph... It had them wearing bras, then the page 3 disappeared entirely.

So the article had nothing to do with the String Theory… Bummer. And here was I, sharpening my Quantum Mechanics pseudo-knowledge ready for a bit of superior intellectualism. But the clinch, belonged to the subtitle: “When applying sunscreen becomes a black ops mission, things have gone too far.

This had my conspiracy theory mind prickled. Do spy go naked in the dark by applying suntan lotion that make them invisible? No, I think from the not-so-subtle description in the article that this could be about applying the lotion in full sun and in full view of the beach inspectors, to exposed places that usually are defined as sexual organs and other holes… 

Meanwhile some sun-screen lotions have been banned by the authorities because they damage the reefs… I suppose that you can still buy these lotions, if you pledge the solemn undertaking that you won’t go swimming… And why would you? No point hiding in the water what you came to the beach to show…

Ah, the beautiful people…

This reminds me of a journo being asked to write an article about a photo of a lady with crooked teeth next to a horse. No-one knew who she was nor what the horse was doing. The art department was asked to straighten the teeth and to remove the blotches on the face — and the journo wrote the most plausible fictitious story about this champion horse woman… See. Easy...

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the brit-press goes berko...

The British press has turned on Harry and Meghan after their shock decision to step back from their roles as senior Royals.

Key points:
  • The British tabloid press condemned Prince Harry as being selfish for turning his back on Royal duties
  • Left-leaning commentators said the right's rabid reaction confirmed Harry and Meghan's choice to step back
  • Support also came from some sections of politics, reminding people of Harry's past military service


On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned Royal watchers around the world by announcing they would be working towards becoming financially independent and dividing their time between the UK and North America.

"We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties," a statement from the Duke and Duchess read.

But it appears they did not inform the Queen, Prince Charles or any other members of the family of their intention to make the announcement.

That, combined with an already fractured relationship with the media, sent many Royal pundits and commentators into a frenzy.

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Here, Sir Gus de Leon Après-ski of Yourdeemocracee wishes the former Royals a very happy life, away from the self-appointed pompous descendants of thieves. Long live the Republic of Australia. Read also: the colonialist good oil...


The main problem with the Brit-press (read from top) is that they had no warning, no leaks, no inkling of the deed and their noses got out of joint... 


Please note that the historical and constitutional rights and liberties as Englishmen — and to highlight where and how the government had infringed upon these rights — also applies to the Royals who so choose to leave the realm...

not to mention the US-poo-press...



As usual, the NYP excels itself... Harry is now "Prince Harming" (not charming). Meanwhile, the Lolita Express was on a humanitarian trip...


These are the photos revealing Bill Clinton’s 2002 trip to Africa aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” — with other celebrities and an Epstein accuser in tow.

The slew of images, obtained Thursday by The Post, show a smiling Clinton posing alongside Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell and Chauntae Davies, the masseuse who has accused the dead financier of rape.


And we deplore the possibility that a Ukrainian civil aircraft has been downed by a couple of Iranian missiles... Meanwhile, gangster Donald Trumpola reveals while he murdered an iranian general — and why he should get the freedom-to-do-as-Al-Capone medal for it, and why he kept a cool head, after the Iranians bombed a few of his middle-eastern warehouses...

And of course the fait-diverse:


We are a long way away from even the cover of the News Of The World at top. The media has sunk below the surface of the sewage pond without a snorkel. Maybe, just maybe, I should go and swim naked in the middle of pack of hungry sharks and see what happens: I could make the news, as long as someone takes a video...



Iran has dismissed claims that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 that crashed near Tehran was hit by a missile as “psychological warfare,” calling on countries that lost citizens in the crash to send representatives to join its probe.

"All these reports are a psychological warfare against Iran,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Thursday. “All those countries whose citizens were aboard the plane can send representatives and we urge Boeing to send its representative to join the process of investigating the black box.”

Meanwhile, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has called on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to share the intelligence he has claimed to have from “multiple sources” that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, state media report.

We are calling on the Canadian Prime Minister and any other government that has information about the crash to hand it over to the investigation committee in Iran.



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the plane was hit by iranian missiles...

Eventually, the Iranians admitted to having hit the Ukrainian plane with 2 missiles... Meanwhile the Voice of America has a wrong picture problem:


US-government sponsored Voice of America is well aware that Russia’s new PM Mikhail Mishustin is “a career bureaucrat who never had political ambitions” but, strangely enough, it doesn’t seem to know what the man looks like.

Kudos to the US outlet for having noticed a major shake-up in the Russian government, but someone at the desk needs to read up on the country’s internal affairs, it would seem – if only for better face recognition. A photo of the long-time leader of Russia’s Communist party, Gennady Zyuganov, has appeared on VOA’s article about Mishustin – who was ratified by the parliament as PM on Thursday. 

The caption under the picture reads “Russia’s new Prime Minister Mishustin – and neither photo nor caption seems to be going anywhere over an hour later. Who’d ever care to check, right? 


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Wrong picture...