US Newspapers Dying – I Don’t Care, I’m Reading the Daily Telegraph

The New York Times? The San Francisco Chronicle? Washington Post? Stalwart defenders of free-speech, the Constitution and individual citizens? Not quite, unless you don’t mind liberal-statist proselytizing, gutter-level celebrity worship, urban-violence ambulance-chasing and general incompetence. Check my other blog entry on my pathetic interaction with the San Francisco Chronicle.

I find myself jettisoning the U.S. press and turning to the Politics section of the Daily Telegraph. Founded in London in 1855 (check picture to the left), and a voice of the Conservative party in Great Britain, the paper offers a unique personality and take on U.S. politics. Mind you I am not reading the print version so I cannot confess to smudgy-black fingertips. Nevertheless I love what I see here. There’s a certain air of London pub-chatter and punch throwing that good red-blooded Brits offer up. Has anyone seen a parliament debate from the UK? It’s almost as if the lawmakers arrive to debate after spending most of the day at the pub.

I came across a piece from Daniel Hannan, the man made famous amongst conservative circles a few weeks back with his tirade against PM Gordon Brown. Titled “If You Pay People to be Poor, You’ll Never run of of Poor People.” From this piece –
Poverty is not simply an absence of money. Rather, it is bound up with a whole set of other circumstances: lack of qualifications, demoralisation, family break-up, substance abuse, fatherlessness. It follows that you do not end poverty by giving money to the poor: a theory that British welfarism has amply demonstrated over 60 years. Only when you tackle poverty holistically will you facilitate meaningful improvement.

I come to another interesting author, a man by the name of Gerald Warner, the side note on him says,”If it is an exaggeration to say that he believes the world has gone to the dogs, it is only a slight hyperbole.” This is the British style of which I speak, great command of the English language.

His column today titled ”Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?” Now that is a headline, can you imagine this in the NYT? Beginning of the piece – ”If alQaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people – not even Jimmy Carter.”
Clearly unfit to print in the U.S., it takes a boozy-brit to say it like this. Is our press so diluted as to not even see this? Does it take the vastness of the oceans separating us to clear the intellectual fog and cut to the chaste like this? Bravo Mr. Warner.

The close of his piece – ”President Pantywaist’s recent world tour, cosying up to all the bad guys, excited the ambitions of America’s enemies. Here, they realised, is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?”


conservative generation said…


Excellent post! That wasn’t the first UK Telegraph article on President Pantywaist. I have an older on linked on my blog. The Brits are going a much better job covering Obama than our press is. Also, they have a more realistic outlook on his “policies.” Anyone with an need for more honesty in media should check out the UK telegraph.

cfm990 said…

Thank God for our older cousins. They try to keep an eye out for us.

Devrim said…

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Gerald Warner have a “LORD” title in front of his name ? Which in effect make him a “Bourgeoisie”, and as a member of the “Proletariat” why I should give a F–K to what he is saying ? Time to party like it was 1789 !!!!!

/ end sarcasm mode

Ananda girl said…

Interesting. I’d like to have a look, thanks for drawing my attention to the Daily Telegraph.

When I was a kid we got several newspapers daily. We often laughed over the SFChron… you’d be reading an article and it would direct you to a page to finish, only the end of the story would vanish. If you hunted hard enough you might find it far from where it was supposed to be. Kind of like hunting for the news in there.

dmarks said…

Over the years, I’ve found some hard-hitting reporting against liberals (Clinton, etc) and opinion from conservatives in the Washington Post, so I don’t think it is that worthless. If you want worthless, look at the “Washington Times”, which is actually a newsletter of the Moonie criminal organization.

I am not familiar with the Frisco Chron, and I know that the NYT is now a disreputable rag run by Pinch.

Susannah said…

Excellent here, LCR! I've written a piece or two re: print media (under 'media' label @ GTBI). One was a copy of a Letter to the Editor of my hometown newspaper – which they never printed. You've reminded me of it now. Maybe I'll re-submit it, just for fun! Only after I zip over to Daily Telegraph & take a look! Thanks!

Z said…

I KNOW! Who’d have thought we had to go to ENGLAND for HONESTY regarding AMERICA?
Great point…sad, but true. I’ve really enjoyed the Telegraph articles, too….sad, really.

dmarks? WHAT’s that abuot the Wash TIMES???HUH?

Left Coast Rebel said…

Pheww, a lot of comments on this one!

Cons G – I agree, I was slightly familiar with the paper, I just hadn’t really persused in depth

CFM 990 – ironic, isn’t it? The same folks that we fought a war to win independence from

Devrim – I didn’t see that he was a Lord, I take it all back! Like the sarcasm….

anandagirl – Thank you! I wasn’t aware the the SFchron has a reputation for mediocrity, I do know that they have been in or near bankruptcy…

Dmarks – Dmarks, tell me it isn’t so, first you tell me that you like McAmnesty and now that the Washington Times is run by a criminal org? Who are the ‘Moonies’?, I agree on the NYT

Susannah – Thank you! And you are welcome too.

Z – Isn’t it insane?, like I said above, the same country that we fought to win our independence from can see clearly that we are circling the drain w/ socialism under the Obamnation. 6000 miles of ocean clears the mind I guess – that and a lot of good pub beer, room temp of course.

Clifton B said…

The Telegraph is excellent! Gerald Warner is one of my favorites too. Did you read this piece by him ?http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/01/20/barack_obama_inauguration_this_emperor_has_no_clothes_it_will_all_end_in_tears

I saved it so I can review it again in 2012.

If the US newspapers want to save themselves they really should take a look at Britsh papers. Those guys pull no punches and they openly admit which side they lean.

Left Coast Rebel said…

Clifton B – I read and re-read the above piece that you posted, I had not seen it, thank you! I plan on reading this in 2012 as you say as well, thank you for coming by!

El Cerdo Ignatius said…

Clifton is right on. The British papers have their biases, too – some of them are breathtakingly Bolshie – but at least they’re totally open about it.

The Keeper Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK) said…

As Cartman might say “kick ass!”
I love the Telegraph.

You know the difference between politics there and here is; there you KNOW what you are getting. The don’t hide it. They try to lie to people here.

Left Coast Rebel said…

El Cerdo – I agree in the Bolshie angle in a lot of their media, but they don’t claim ‘objectivity’

KOOK – Yes, exactly, we are lied to at every point, tv, print, congress, every single one of them

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