Biggest cunts in media:
Littlejohn, surely, or does the Sun not count as media?
Chris Morris & Charlie Brooker, for Nathan Barley
Oh yes, Garry Bushell as well, and anyone else in that vein.
Seumas Milne, Guardian comment editor.wardytron
, Alcohol Correspondent for prestigious new magazine The Mind's Construction (that was a plug).
It's obviously shitbag Parsons. He's never been a lesbian.
I have to agree with wardytron
. Anyone who thinks that JB and Parsons are the biggest cunts in media has obviously never read Littlejohn. And, for my money, Times and News of the Screws columnist Martin Samuel is a bigger cunt as well, especially since appearing in the leader pages of The Times has given him an intellectual legitimacy that he really doesn't deserve.
I was going to say - who the fuck is Paul Hince. I read the MEN every now and then, but only on a Friday when I'm round my girlfriend's house.
Regional papers are great though. In Essex, where I live some of the year, there's no columnist as such that amuses me, but there is a letter writer that does. His name is Derek Threadgall, he lives in Robjohns Road in Chelmsford and anything that's vaguely bad and has affected the Chelmsford region is the fault of the EU. In fact, everything bad in the world is the fault of the EU.
Derek's not a media person as such, but we make do with what we can in the provinces.
He said a thing I agreed with! About Kengate. He mentioned that Eddie Hapgood, the England captain in 1938, had Nazi-saluted at Hitler, and said it was as stupid and illogical to hold Oliver Finegold responsible for Lord Rothermere's pro-Hitler articles in the 30s as it was to blame David Beckham for Hapgood's Nazi salute.
Even Melanie bloody Phillips says something I agree with every now and then. I take his point (and I very much think Livingstone's a bit of a cunt anyway), though it wasn't just Hapgood - one of the greatest Arsenal players and captains ever incidentally - that saluted, it was the entire England team.
Then by Livingstone's logic, Thierry Henry is a fascist.
It's like you're trying to provoke me into firebombing his house.
I adore Julie Burchill, simply adore her. (Though I don't get to read her much since she moved over to the Times.) What's wrong with winding people up for a living? It's funny, and I wish I could do it.
Sometimes she goes a bit too mental but otherwise I quite like MeJulie, particularly cos she seems to offend so many 'outraged of Islington' types. The Guardian Weekend magazine used to have at least one snide, sanctimonious letter about her every week.
Tony Parsons is a complete cunt though.
Sometimes she goes a bit too mental but otherwise I quite like MeJulie, particularly cos she seems to offend so many 'outraged of Islington' types.
There's enough pissedoffness in the world already without columnists being "provocative". For me, mostly she's a bloody pain but sometimes she's sound. The one piece I liked of hers was her trashing of Noel Coward, where she declared that where Oscar Wilde's legacy included Dorothy Parker, Coward's was Richard Stilgoe.
There's enough pissedoffness in the world already without columnists being "provocative".
Is there? I'd agree there's too much of the mean-spirited fuckwit mentality that a lot of columnists pander to but there's a few things that come to mind which no-one seems to be provoked enough to actually do anything but tut and tsk about.
The one piece I liked of hers was her trashing of Noel Coward, where she declared that where Oscar Wilde's legacy included Dorothy Parker, Coward's was Richard Stilgoe.
She did a great little documentary about asbestosis a while back too, the people, like her father, who died from it, and the weasely companies who tried to wriggle out of paying compensation to the victims.
Thing is, she's very very good regarding the asbestosis thing, but she knows it. Therefore, her MO is to write the usual shit for, say, eight weeks until you're almost ready to burn the Guardian before it hits the doormat on a Saturday, and then she bungs the asbestosis column in as if to go "Aaah! Look! I am a real journalist, see!" Then we get eight more weeks of "Actually, Hitler was really great, wasn't he?"
And she talks crap about things like ME or the Middle East too, but I usually enjoyed her column even when I didn't agree with it.
People like Bushell, Littlejohn and even Tony Parsons just seem to tell people what they think they want to hear, from what I've seen, mostly boring, predictable, mindless crap. MeJulie makes you have a row with her.