At The ‘Guardian’, Every Day Is Self-Flagellation Day…

When working through the seemingly endless list of requests for correction, complaints and queries sent to the readers’ editor’s office by email each day, the desire to provide responses to as many messages as possible ā€“ and within a reasonable time ā€“ sometimes leads to a too-hasty rush to judgment.

Oh..? *fetches popcorn*

This was perhaps the case just over a week ago, after a few readers complained about a Comment piece by the Conservative MP Nick Herbert. The article, published a couple of days after the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, opened with a reference to that famous oration, then went to criticise modern-day campaigners who take direct action on issues such as fracking and badger culls, saying: “King’s heirs are not the pygmy protesters who move from one fashionable campsite and cause to another. They are those who fight courageously for human rights that are still denied across the world.”At the heart of the complaints was the suggestion that the use of the phrase “pygmy protesters” was racist, although one reader also said that its use denigrated “small people in general”.


War is hell, so they say, but so too must be the daily grind of assuaging the CiF comment crowd…

8 comments for “At The ‘Guardian’, Every Day Is Self-Flagellation Day…

  1. September 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

    From the Guardian comment generator –

    “Over last night’s simple dinner of Moules Marinieres my life-partner and I caught up on some thoughts we’ve been sharing recently. The salt-of-the-earth type jobs some of my primary school classmates ended up in just don’t exist any more. Stop the evil drone attacks in Pakistan before the machines turn on us!”

  2. September 11, 2013 at 9:19 am


  3. Penseivat
    September 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I understand the rumour that Prof Brian Cox’s house was firebombed because he referred to a dwarf star is not correct.

  4. September 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Haven’t had popcorn for a long time.

  5. September 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Don’t want no short people ’round here…

  6. September 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

    ” In Court yesterday a dwarf pleaded not guilty to perving at a woman in a mini-skirt who stood next to him in a bus queue, The Guardian can report that his camera had been confiscated by an irate policeman who had been called to the scene. The short gentleman’s Lawyer accused the complainant of deliberate provocation as she had stepped between the man and the tyre of the bus he was photographing just as he clicked. A search of his computer revealed 15000 bus tyre photographs, many of which he had downloaded from an international ring of perverts”.

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