How do we know self-regulation of the media is an ineffectual farce?
The Palestinians are the pikeys of the Middle East. If they must have a homeland, give them part of Saudi Arabia, because the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Jordanians and the Lebanese don’t want them either”.… “No more hand-wringing. It’s time for neck-wringing”.
There is a lot of debate about if Richard Littlejohn is a
- professional troll,
- horrible bigot,
- free speech campaigner,
- genuinely unaware of what he’s saying.
I propose another option. Richard Littlejohn is trying to destroy the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) from the inside.
When I went to Sunday school, a million years ago, we were taught to love our neighbour.
I don’t recall ever being told that we should take an ‘eye for an eye’ literally. Or that the punishment for homosexuality was death.
Aged six, we didn’t even know what homosexuality was, even though we’d been warned to steer clear of that chap who was always hanging round the swimming pool.
A little while ago (the guy is prolific) he managed to imply that homosexuals abuse children. As a result quite a few people complained to the PCC. The PCC did not claim that what he said didn’t discriminate against homosexuals but that it merely discriminated against all homosexuals and that’s apparently ok.
The complainants were concerned that the article implied that homosexual individuals were paedophiles.
The Commission acknowledged the complainants’ concerns that the columnist had equated homosexuality with paedophilia. However, while the terms of Clause 12 (Discrimination) prevent newspapers from making prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s sexual orientation, it does not cover generalised remarks about groups or categories of people. Given that the complainants were concerned that the article discriminated against homosexual individuals in general, the Commission could not establish a breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors’ Code of Practice on these grounds.
Basically, it’s starting to look like no matter what Littlejohn writes the PCC won’t do anything. Staggeringly Richard Littlejohn is showing us that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Why do we need the PCC again?