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Michael Gove On How The Guardian Media Group’s Zoo, Nuts And News Corp Corrupt Minds

by | 4th, August 2008

SAYS Michael Gove, the Conservative’s education spokesman, and Times hack:

“Titles such as Nuts and Zoo paint a picture of women as permanently, lasciviously, uncomplicatedly available.

“The images they use and project reinforce a very narrow conception of beauty and a shallow approach towards women. They celebrate thrill-seeking and instant gratification without ever allowing any thought of responsibility towards others, or commitment, to intrude.”

Nuts and Zoo, the Argos jewellery section of the magazine shop.

Here’s a thought, Mr Gove: boys who buy Nuts and Zoo do so because they can’t reach the topshelf magazines.

Mr Gove’s thoughts are published in the Guardian. (The words hereunder are scored through because of  the comments below, and a note to Anorak from Simon Waldman, Director of Digital Strategy and Development, Guardian Media Group):

In March 2008 Emap plc was acquired by Eden Bidco Ltd, a joint venture between Apax and Guardian Media Group plc.

Emap publishes Zoo. The Guardian is run by The Scott Trust – “As the sole shareholder in Guardian Media Group the Scott Trust measures the return on its investment in terms broader than pure financial performance.”

The Scott Trust values are:

  • honesty
  • cleanness (now interpreted as integrity)
  • courage
  • fairness
  • a sense of duty to the reader and the community

We put these principles into action and fulfil our responsibilities primarily through our day-to-day business conduct and the editorial content of our newspapers, websites and other media.

Cleanness – all the girls on Zoo are scrubbed ready for your inspection.

Michael Gove writes for The Times, owned by New Corp, publishers of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (Jenna Jameson), The Sun (Page 3 Girls) and the News of The World, which contains adverts for readers to call dirty college girls live.

Anorak feels dirty just writing about it…



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