Is the Guardian worse than it used to be?

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My feeling is: Yes, somewhat. But Regular Readers will recall that I am a curmudgeon who doesn't like New Things. So do they really want to agree with me here? Plus, we do have (somewhere round here) a house Guardian expert whose opinion would be interesting.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Some readers might, conceivably, like to know that the Guardian (formerly Manchester Guardian) is a UK daily newspaper which has for several decades been the main print source / gathering-point, as it were, for those on 'The Liberal Left'. Many UK ILE posters, I imagine, know it very well and have done for many years, so I thought there might be some opinions around.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I like the Guardian now more than I have for years. Perhaps the restyle of the mag helped, but generally the Burchill thing works for me and I haven't noticed a drop in quality elsewhere. The Guide has always been shite (and I say that working for PA Listings) but the rest seems cool. Can you specify what's gone wrong for you?

chris, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I hate the Guardian - particularly the G2 section, with it's crappy 'think' pieces, terrible arts reviews and smug phillistinism - and have bought it every weekday and Saturdays for at least the last fifteen years. Because, being a bleeding heart liberal and a news junkie, I couldn't bring myself to read any of the other rags (morning papers are somehow part of my going to work coping ritual.) I flirted with the Independent for a while - and the IOS still has the great film critic David Thomson writing for 'em - but I found it to be even more boring than the Guardian. I suspect that I am far from alone in all this, and that the Guardian survives on the unearned good will of the liberal middle classes.

Funnily enough, I quite like the Guide, partly because Joe Queenan and Byron Coley sometimes write for it, partly because it means I no longer have to buy that useless piece of toss Time Out anymore.

Andrew L, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I've never actually bought a copy of the Guardian, if I did buy a newspaper I'd get the Telegraph, it has a good weather section, obituaries, world news briefs and I like the sports section.

james e l, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I suppose the short answer is 'Trivialization'. One has to be a tad careful using a word like that, because, for instance,

1. The simplification of the accusation may just echo what it asserts about the target (just as 'Dumbing Down' is a dumb, dull phrase);

2. If I don't like Triviality, why don't I read nothing but 10-page reports from the former Yugoslavia? It would be hypocritical of me to say that I simply wanted them to be SERIOUS and SOLEMN and RESPONSIBLE all the time. No, that's not it.

What I mean, I suppose, is that too many features, esp. in G2, now look dashed-off - half-hearted, half-baked, unconvincing, just cliché pies really. Today's Lara Croft piece was just the latest of a million examples. It feels (the terms are problematic here, I know) JOURNALISTIC in a bad way - trite, unconsidered, full of crowd- pleasing Received Ideas - rather than JOURNALISTIC in a good way (that is: dogged, resourceful, brave, mentally agile, snappy and what have you).

It's the world of second-hand Lifestyle phrases that bugs me. The way that adults can still write a phrase like "*that* dress" and not hang their heads in shame.

A rider to all my bile, though, is that my previous, more impressed impressions of the Guardian may just reflect youthful impressionability. (Sentence!) Maybe the same kind of crap used to impress me that now feels rubbishy, faux-zeitgeisty and embarrassing? Maybe, but I suspect it's a bit of both.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Andrew L: I know what you mean - the Labour party factor of Nowhere Else To Go? (And brand loyalty, or whatever you want to call it.) There's actually a Verso book out (yet?) which makes a massive attack on the Guardian as home of neo-conservative (ie New Labour) ideas. I find this rather unconvincing and overstated. Even offensive, come to think of it.

I agree about Queenan too. But most of all, I agree about Thomson. There's almost no point having a thread about Thomson, because people who know what they think about him already know it all and would just send in superlatives.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Andrew L, and indeed everyone: cut em loose and let em drown in their own smug laziness!! I stopped buying it a YEAR ago FOREVER and now buy NO NEWSPAPER and am FREE. (Actually I too buy saturday for the guide — and for the food page in the mag, but the mag redesign is utter shit, and the recipes are in fact on long recycle: eg I have seen Lady Llandower's Duck three times now, always copied (of course) from Elizabeth David Salt, Spices and Aromatics...) The age of the newspaper is dead.

mark s, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Something has clearly gone wrong with G2: the other week they ran a page-long feature on the phenomenon of "Jumping the shark" (referring to that moment when a long-running tv fave finally loses the plot completely, apparently derived from a late episode of Happy Days where Fonzie, yes, jumped a shark). This was all well and good (except it was inane and ripped off from a website [this is a whole other can of worms]), but they ran an almost IDENTICAL story in the Guide not two weeks previously. Do they not read their own paper, or did they simply think the readers wouldn't notice?

What the paper still has going for it: George Monbiot's column, the Diary, Steve Bell, giving review space to Ians Sansom and Penman, and the tv columns of Nancy Banks-Smith. (When N B-S finally pops her clogs I will have to think very hard about buying the paper.)

What is leading the paper ever closer to the abyss: consistently terrible pop coverage (honorable exceptions: Maddy Costa, Betty Clarke); the fatuous new Saturday mag (Zoe Ball on dressing? match the celebrity with the pet? that awful woman talking about words that should be banned??); Charlotte bloody Raven.

stevie t, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

What I mean, I suppose, is that too many features, esp. in G2, now look dashed-off - half-hearted, half-baked, unconvincing, just cliché pies really. (Pinefox)

I agree with you there. They sucker you in with the G2 front cover (and the masthead of the main paper), but when you get to read the cover story it often appears cobbled together and lightweight. I imagine it must be difficult to fill that space with high quality stories day in day out though.

David, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Stevie: agree about Steve Bell, of course. I mean, if only for the sake of 1981 and all that. But actually, he draws and paints better now.

I actually like Peter Preston's awkward, staccato opinion pieces, come to think of it. But not the pompous ones of Hugo Young. Freedland is sometimes good at summing political issues up, but usually he 'sums up' too much - there's too much glibness in the way he marshals it all. (I admit again, though, that it's easy - even glib - to call someone glib.)

Penman strikes me as a red herring. I can see that he doesn't do that to you, cos you have some kind of investment in his career. I agree about Sansom (great left-back, mean penalty, blah blah) - in fact I think that the whole Saturday book reviews section is quite possibly the best feature of the paper. EXCEPT of course the footy. Heroes? How could I forget David Lacey?

BUT I think that you are wrong about N B-S. It doesn't surprise me that older folk make that judgement about her; it does rather surprise me coming from you. She has skills, I guess, but she's terribly repetitive; uses the same lines on the same topics year in year out. It's all too - yes - glib and easy, while dressed up to look aged and thus wise.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I agree with much of what's been said. After Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy went, it didn't seem as essential anymore. The Observer's the same - just dear old Phil Hogan that still makes me go down the shops Sunday morning

jamesmichaelward, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My parents used to get a subscription to the Guardian shipped to them for the first few years they were in the States, because they couldn't trust the US Media. The Guardian just isn't the same when it's not printed on that semi-transluscent airmail paper.

I only read it for the Guide and the job listings. Not that either has been particularly helpful lately... ;-)

masonic boom, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Steve Bell is a GOD but apart from that I read it largely out of having nowhere else to go and a worry that I'll become totally detached from the world if I don't read any newspapers at all. I think it might have marginally improved with the loss of Messrs. Hardy and Steel though. Everything they wrote was just as predictable and smug as any of the other writers mentioned above, only with a more left wing stance.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't read anything except the Spectator. Hey Chris, if you work for PA Listings then that means you're in the same building as me.

tarden, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The Guide last week (or was it the week before) had that BRILLIANT article slamming not just the Strokes, but the entire music hype industry... VERY funny because it was so clearly written by an insider who had been participating in the music hype game for so long.

masonic boom, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd love to comment, but those Observer commissions are keeping me out of the poor house. Anything appearing in the Guardian or the Obs by my deepest and dearest friends is obviously genius...

Mark Morris, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

As bad as the Guardian may have become, it's still better than the so-called "best" American newspapers. Or, if you think it couldn't get worse, it could end up becoming The New York Times or The Washington Post.

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Reynard's right about the amount of trivial toss that gets in there. Mark's also right about the decline of the newspaper in general. Reynard's spot on re. New Labour - the Guardian's frequent criticism of some Blairite attitudes is one of the great things about it.

There's a lot of irritating stuff, yes. My favourite columnist is George Monbiot, by a mile. Something I like about the Independent when I do get it is that its liberalism is less metropolitan and more about the common good. Needless to say, though, the Guardian's series of articles on public service under that very title were awesome.

The Hemulen Who Loved Silence, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

OK, agree with the Hemulen re. The Common Good.

Today's G2 seems designed to add fuel to my (f)ire: one page of 'Style' after another, including a column on Why We're So Disappointed That Madonna Employs A Stylist.

the pinefox, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Although Toynbee's piece on Labour post-election is admirable.

blue veils and golden sands, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Broadly I agree with her, yes. It feels a wee bit ironic given her immediately-pre-election pieces telling everyone how urgent it was to overcome apathy and vote for the people she's now criticizing. (But actually I think she was right both times.)

Also good in Guardian: John Patterson re. cinema.

the pinefox, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

six years pass...

oh god, ask hadley today is just... tooth-grinding.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:17 (eleven years ago) link

"today"

Dom Passantino, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:17 (eleven years ago) link

"At what age is a man too old to wear band T-shirts?"

Martin McCall, by email

"About 15 - that young enough for you, Martin? And to follow one rhetorical question with several more, what in God's name is the point of band T-shirts anyway? To show your allegiance to a band? Do you think anyone else cares? To impress onlookers with your esoteric musical knowledge? See previous reply. To make people stare at your bony chest? Again, I refer you to the first answer. To show that you once attended a live gig? Wow, like, a pair of golden headsets to the guy in the Nirvana '91 T-shirt. In case you happen to bump into the lead singer on the street, he sees that the two of you are kindred souls and therefore invites you to join his band and you then go on the road and have all the manly bonding sessions followed by groupies that your heart could desire? OK, I'll give you that one, although this does suggest that you still harbour the fantasy that you might bump into Joey Ramone in Waterstone's.

"As for ladies in band T-shirts, give me a fricking break. First, gals, a badly cut, poorly made, oversized T-shirt is good for nothing other than wearing to bed and the gym. Second, too often women who wear band T-shirts appear to be going for what we shall call Groupie Chic. It is a style amply modelled by Kate Moss in recent years, and can pretty much be summed up as skinny faded black jeans, ankle boots, a ripped band T-shirt and a cropped fur jacket. In other words, a girlified version of Marc Bolan's or Keith Richards' wardrobe, as though the woman has been so busy, um, sleeping on the band bus she hasn't had time to clean her clothes, so she's now wearing ones belonging to her musical companion. This column has no time for such nonsense."

Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:19 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, because women have *no* interest in music whatsoever except for sleeping with musicians. What CENTURY is this cretin from?

Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

I think I stopped wearing band T-shirts by the time I was 23. It wasn't necessarily a conscious move tho. I doubt I will ever wear one again tho - I guess it seems lame unless it's an old obscure or overlooked thus hip act (even this I dunno about). I don't notice many people over 20 wearing them. Does Matt DC still have that Save Ferris T?

I only want to sleep with musicians if they are hot as they are (their musical ability is pretty irrelevant in fact).

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:29 (eleven years ago) link

dear teh grauniad - a long time ago/we used to be friends...

CharlieNo4, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) link

It went downhill after I left.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

or were you PUSHED?

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:35 (eleven years ago) link

i was being harsh really. i don't care what's on other people's t-shirts that much. just trying to work out why i stopped wearing/wouldn't wear band t-shirts myself.

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:37 (eleven years ago) link

Any t-shirt which isn't plain white clearly sucks that's why.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

i couldn't agree less

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

I still wear band t-shirts if I like the band. Why not? I don't *define* myself or my personality by my music tastes any more, I haven't done that since I was about 18. But that's not the same thing as wearing a band t-shirt.

I suppose the fashion journalist in discussion cannot fathom the idea that clothes are just something you put on, rather than a definition of or statement about your personality.

This is definitely something that happens as you age - or rather, has happened to me as I aged. There's a subtle difference between Statement Clothes and just things you put on.

Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

Guardian editorial worldview circa 2007:

http://www.astucia.co.uk/images/sce/galibier%20tunnel%20_three.jpg

tissp, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:41 (eleven years ago) link

why else would you buy a band t-shirt if not as a statement or definition of personality?

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:44 (eleven years ago) link

I didn't know it was a band t-shirt okay?

Matt DC, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) link

because you're cold xp

tissp, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) link

In the past I've usually just bought them as a keepsake of a gig I've enjoyed. The piece tracer quotes is idiotic fluff, obv. I'd be embarrased to admit I'd written that.

Pashmina, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:46 (eleven years ago) link

Because you like the design? Because you like the music? Because it was given to you (this is where most of mine come from)? Because it was a souvenier?

x-post

Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:46 (eleven years ago) link

you wouldn't actually buy a band t-shirt because you liked the design but not necessarily the band tho...would you?

because you like the music = statement/definition of you/your taste

given to you = not you buying

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:48 (eleven years ago) link

you wouldn't actually buy a band t-shirt because you liked the design but not necessarily the band tho...would you?

No, plus I've only ever bought them @ gigs.

because you like the music = statement/definition of you/your taste

Probably yeah, but w/smaller bands there's also the knowledge that in buying it, yr helping to supposrt the tour.

Pashmina, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

i actually bought a comets on fire t-shirt solely because the design was so awesome. (it was at a gig, but they hadn't come on stage yet.) then i heard the music and i liked that too. i suppose if i hadn't liked their music, or thought it was boring, it would have posed a problem.

a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless so that alex in nyc doesn't stalk and kill him, bought a huge iron maiden patch when he was 14 and sewed it across the shoulders of his denim jacket. he had never heard a note of iron maiden, but he wound up becoming the biggest iron maiden fan i know, and even sung in a band later, where his vocal style was almost inseparable from bruce dickinson's.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

my take on this: do not read hadley freeman.

this resolution made some time ago, stands as strong today as it ever did.

it's a crass and deliberately invidious piece of writing. such an attitude, if sincerely held, could be turned around on pretty much ANY choice of clothing. so forgeddaboudit

Alan, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

the last band t-shirt i bought - robyn!

alan i can't help myself, i know i'm sick and need help.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) link

is there a thread for best band t-shirts? must see

blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) link

Taste is something that I have. It does not define me. Clothes are something I wear. The statement I am making is "I don't really care about clothes any more."

If I'm going to make a statement about clothes, I'll wear a bright green paisley jacket to a dronerock festival where everyone else is in leather.

I suppose my Hawkwind t-shirt is a statement, it says "ha ha, I'm wearing a Hawkwind t-shirt, I care nothing for fashion, I am wearing the shirt of a band so deeply uncool you can suck my left one because I love them!" But it's certainly not a statement saying that I want to f*ck any of Hawkwind or that I have a musician boyfriend whose Hawkwind t-shirt I'm borrowing, which is the assumption of that article.

Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) link

> I don't notice many people over 20 wearing them.

*SOBS*

> you wouldn't actually buy a band t-shirt because you liked the design but not necessarily the band tho...would you?

EAR t-shirt with the putney on the front = great. EAR live = terrible. (EAR on CD = ok, plus pram and stereolab were supporting)

koogs, Monday, 3 September 2007 15:03 (eleven years ago) link

Yes.
https://youtu.be/e1vlLJCr9Lo

gyac, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:07 (one week ago) link

lol Dave feat. Alex

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:11 (one week ago) link

14/15 but i work about 30 feet from the Live Lounge. i am ashamed at missing Ava Max. so close.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:21 (one week ago) link

Lol 7/15, and would have been 6 if not for my sister trying to get me into Lewis Capaldi via his Instagram videos. I know several of the others for non-music reasons, I’m basically Barney meeting David Crosby.

Barney: David Crosby? You're my hero!
David Crosby: Oh, you like my music?
Barney: You're a musician?

— Lars Gotrich 🍷🌊 (@totalvibration) June 16, 2016

gyac, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:45 (one week ago) link

Is there really a pop star just called Dave?

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/960x540/p01bqjmt.jpg

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:51 (one week ago) link

9/15. I actually knew 3. You could work out on deduction some of them as the names were coming up again..

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:15 (one week ago) link

I am so out of the loop that I didn't realise all the names were actual artist names (at least they were for the end rounds, I assume looking back that they were all the way through) so there were a couple of times I went "well, I didn't think this named artist looked like that, but the other 3 are clearly made up, so here goes!"

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:27 (one week ago) link

xpost Dave La Soul?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:28 (one week ago) link

/Is there really a pop star just called Dave?/

🖼

Thought these guys just made roller skating jams named “Saturdays”

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:46 (one week ago) link

10/15 - my downfall, those very interchangeable Gen Z-list long-haired white women, one of which was actually called Becky.

Dave, on the other hand, is super-famous - especially after this year’s Glastonbury coverage.

suzy, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:58 (one week ago) link

For a minute there I was down the wrong path, thinking somehow 1/3 of De La Soul was suddenly successful as a solo act in the UK.

Is Dave any good? Looks like the album got good reviews.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:20 (one week ago) link

yes - he owns

im led by donky (||||||||), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:22 (one week ago) link

Yes! Really good and very young.

suzy, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:23 (one week ago) link

I got 8 but only actually knew billy eilish through memes,dua lipa (why because she look interstin) and capaldi because scottish

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:46 (one week ago) link

A big session hairdresser I’ve known for years (he moved to LA from London about 10 years ago) has been working with Dua Lipa for ages and always shares her latest lewks on FB.

suzy, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:51 (one week ago) link

Dave has been excellent for the past two years, but he never seems to get much ILM love.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:19 (one week ago) link

when my niece (11) was dragged to my booklaunch Q&A in hastings in feb she sat restively at the back as the chat abt 70s and 80s rockwriting droned on UNTIL (her mum afterwards told me) i mentioned dua lipa and her antennae shot up excitedly

so i am down with the kids (=my niece anyway)

i knew abt dave but i think his popname is bad not good despite his music being the opposite

mark s, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:27 (one week ago) link

The Dave and fan rapping @ Glasto is one of the few genuinely nice stories of the year.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:48 (one week ago) link

I played the Dave album yesterday, and it was pretty good. Highlight might have been my kid walking into the room and asking "is this grime?" Kids today ...

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:37 (one week ago) link

king of grime

mark s, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:55 (one week ago) link

Looks pretty grimey.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:10 (one week ago) link

Meridian Dansez

nashwan, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:51 (one week ago) link

if nothing else, respect to dave’s seo guys who have somehow managed to make what I’d expected to be a challenging google search for his name into the top results

(Appears only as a corpse) (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:55 (one week ago) link

Matt Johnson should hire them.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 13:07 (one week ago) link

im dave

— DAVE! (@allahliker) August 14, 2019

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:52 (one week ago) link

dave i'm a fraid dave

Aston "Family Court" Barrett (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 16:47 (one week ago) link

oof, that's sad.

good for people to see the actual consequences of the guardian's "we're just asking questions/we like to publish a range of viewpoints" editorial stance which is basically a fig-leaf for pushing an anti-trans agenda.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:43 (one week ago) link

utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharetwitter&__twitter_impression=false

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:50 (one week ago) link

Lol what is that?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:53 (one week ago) link

sic does that whenever someone posts a link and hasn't removed the extra referral gubbins off the end. try to think of it as charming

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 15 August 2019 22:43 (one week ago) link

Do embedded twitter posts contain referrer information?

badg, Friday, 16 August 2019 00:20 (one week ago) link

What is referrer info?

Anyway I am charmed sic.

This is interesting timing, a day after that BuzzFeed piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/16/im-nicky-bandini-and-im-still-a-sports-writer

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 11:05 (one week ago) link

> What is referrer info?

the bit of the url that's not necessary to get to the page in question, it tells them who you are or where you've come from or session id or some other information about you.

koogs, Friday, 16 August 2019 12:25 (one week ago) link

So things like location? Seems harmless enough

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 12:31 (one week ago) link

some modernist you are

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2019 12:44 (one week ago) link

The one time I don't Google something..

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 12:47 (one week ago) link

shorter is always better unless it's one of my patreon posts

mark s, Friday, 16 August 2019 12:49 (one week ago) link

These are shorter:

This is a badly-photoshopped fake. I’m supposedly the journalist responsible and I never wrote this. It’s a lie. Please delete. It’s being reported.

— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) August 16, 2019

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:09 (one week ago) link

lmao

As long as we’re agreed you’re a liar and a fake. Hope the weather in St Petersburg is nice this summer.

— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) August 16, 2019

im led by donky (||||||||), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:12 (one week ago) link

It's hilarious shit.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:20 (one week ago) link

All his journalist mates are up in arms, every single one is being trolled.

Why would the Guardian have a headline in a totally different font and allow a howler such as a hyphen in that headline? Because it’s a crappy fake.

— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) August 16, 2019

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:44 (one week ago) link

trolling y/n?

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:53 (one week ago) link

😘

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:55 (one week ago) link

Please don't listen to him, he's a bot account (you can tell fro mthe badly photoshopped picture), I'm the real Peter Walker and I remember writing this

— vinegar tom (@moose_malloy) August 16, 2019

Funky Isolations (jed_), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:59 (one week ago) link

this is all v funny

PMS change (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 August 2019 16:01 (one week ago) link

Peter Walker still, STILL having a thoroughly normal one

My point is that it’s not intended to stand up to any scrutiny, but that people just glancing at it - as happens often on Twitter - could be fooled. Some people told me they initially had been. And as such the intent seems malicious.

— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) August 17, 2019



I think it’s somewhere between. It’s obviously very crude and badly written, and anyone reading it properly would realise. But the faked screenshot and genuine byline are weird, and seem intended to mislead at least initially. I’d say it’s more malicious trolling than parody.

— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) August 17, 2019



It was a joke about St Petersburg, for God’s sake.

— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) August 17, 2019

gyac, Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:10 (six days ago) link

Easily the best part:

pic.twitter.com/OvDdlc3Lys

— ian mighty (@iammightor) August 16, 2019

gyac, Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:12 (six days ago) link

losing it at peter walker losing it

im led by donky (||||||||), Saturday, 17 August 2019 13:52 (six days ago) link


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