[McBride] shouldn't have been dabbling in what sounds like squalid stuff, but it helps to understand why people like him do what they do. They do it to protect their boss and undermine opponents whom they think enjoy an unfair advantage in a corrupted media environment.
Ah, right. So Michael's argument is that the Tories are doing it and therefore the only way that the poor spin-merchants for the fucking government have to fight back—because they only have all the resources of the entire fucking government—is to get even more squalid.
Naturally, Michael White has decided that the real place to which the finger of blame should be pointing is the eeeeevil right-wing blogosphere, which is full of...
rightwing, free market or libertarian Tories, the kind of people who want to blame governments rather than bankers for the global economic crisis.
Apparently, McBride and Draper were only trying...
... to create a leftwing counterweight to the right's dominance of the political blogosphere.
Right, OK, Michael. You fuckwit.
Oh, and look! it's Michael jumping on the poor media bandwagon...
The net has changed all that. Not just by virtue of its speed, cheapness and accessibility, all currently deemed to be democratic assets; also because of the commercial pressures it places on mainstream media to compete, even as its sales and advertising revenues shrink.
Your bosses feeling the pinch, are they, Michael? Your paymasters finding that their off-shore deals and creative accounting still aren't actually making you a profit? Worried about your "job", are you?
Well, tough shit.
What differentiates Britain from most comparable countries in Europe, north America and the wider English-speaking world is twofold: there exists here a relatively open system (more like the US than France); and a media much more willing to print damaging claims (in this instance via Guido Fawkes) against the political class – whether they are true or false.
What the fuck? What differentiates Britain from most comparable countries is our unbelievably draconian libel laws—libel laws that have led to the UK being the favoured destination for "libel tourists" (as Private Eye calls them).
Just like you, Michael, we bloggers are restrained by libel laws; just like you, Michael, when we assert something as fact, we have to be able to prove the truth of it.
Unlike you, however, I, for instance, have not got my head rammed so far up Gordon Brown's arsehole that I can see his tonsils wagging whenever he
Unlike you, Michael, I do not get paid to spout my worthless opinions to the masses. I spout my worthless opinions because I want to, and because the mainstream media—that is, you and your politico-loving cronies—do not do your job properly.
It is because you, and your fawning journo mates, care far more about being invited to lick the cum out of Jacqui Smith's quim than actually reporting on the rapacious destruction of our civil liberties.
It is because you and yours have failed in what you please to call your democratic duty—that of holding our politicians to account.
It is because there are far better and well-informed writers in the blogosphere than exist between the pages of any printed rag.
It is because you have failed, Michael.
Now why don't you shut up and fuck off, you useless twat?