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Boris Johnson Explains Why The MSM Is Failing

by | 18th, January 2011

I HAD intended to ignore the latest  Boris Johnson effluvia not unusual for me, as most readers know I am not a fan. His much vaunted “intelligence” is, I believe, grossly over-rated. Too many people, in my view, mistake low cunning, honed by years in a political environment, for intelligence, writes Richard North .

However, numerous e-mails and other contacts, plus an analysis on  Witterings from Witney persuaded me to look at it, as it addresses the vexed question of the comments sections on  The Daily Telegraph . It appears that the anarchy, ill-temper, and outright trollery that we experience is considered acceptable by Johnson, but approval of any such view should be tempered by several consideration.

Firstly, and rather unfortunately, Johnson displays his usual quotient of ignorance, confusing the “blogosphere” with the “commentariat”. The man refers to the comments by the former and actually believes that the low-grade comment section to his articles is part of the “blogosphere”. As an aside, the confusion, in itself, is so fundamental that it merely demonstrates why, as a commentator, Johnson is a waste of space not worth the time spent reading him.

More crucially, Johnson might find the anarchy on his comments acceptable, but then he so rarely writes anything which merits a sensible comment that one can understand his relaxed attitude. But the fact of the matter is that the newspaper’s comment sections are unmanaged space. Most of the postings are the equivalent of graffiti and litter found in an unloved council tower block in some inner city estate.

The management, unwilling to fund proper moderation, have outsourced the function, where they are subject to the lightest touch by contract staff who have neither the time nor the commitment to do anything effective.

That is not to say that we need to go down the route taken by  The Guardian with its 

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