steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

"A bruised reed, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it"

So now we have the PCC's ruling on the Burchill affair. It reads, in summary: "No Individual could resent, Where Thousands equally were meant."

This is one of the main reasons why the PCC has always been a useless body. Things that would break the rules if you said them about a single identifiable individual you can say quite freely about a group of identifiable individuals. It's a bit like ruling that blowing up one person is against the law, but blowing up a coachload is fine. Nor is it clear that the problem will be fixed under any new regime, whether dreamt up by the government or by the press itself.
Tags: current affairs, gender
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