#paulclarke : the ONLY mainstream media coverage

This weekend there was a twitter storm over Paul Clarke, who found a gun, took it to his local police station and was arrested and now faces five years in prison.

One of the many mysteries around this grim tale is why it's been so very poorly covered in the mainstream media.

Holly Thompson, the reporter who was actually in court and wrote the original piece in the Surrey Mirror said earlier today,when told that there was little or no national press coverage:

"..it was in the nationals. Was sourced exclusively to the Sun who had it as a page lead on Thursday"

CF is not actually as subscriber to that august journal, but Dick Puddlecote is, and produced the following scan:

So that at least puts to bed the wild theory that this was all some kind of bizarre hoax, and that the Surrey Mirror was not really a newspaper at all.

But, but, but, why did this story not make it to the Sun online? Everything else they publish, all the other crap, seems to.

And, given the MSM's notorious willingness to pinch content from both bloggers and rivals, why is it not featured in any other online MSM site? Just try searching Google News - nothing. Nada. Zip.

What's the fuck is going on?



Anonymous said...

Good spot - keep at it, you'll get to the bottom of it.

Dick Puddlecote said...

"CF is not actually as subscriber to that august journal, but Dick Puddlecote is"

Hold it right there! Mrs Dick Puddlecote Snr is (to my eternal shame - I couldn't say that at mine as she reads it sometimes), not me. ;-)

Ta for link.

Anonymous said...

Could I speculate a little and suggest that Mr Clarks propensity to feature in news stories like this and the other one is due to the fact that he is in fact an arsehole ??? Just wondering.

RantinRab said...

I read somewhere, (can't remember where), that what happened to him was 'pay-back' as he is well known to plod and is, apparently, a complete bell end. Doesn't justify 5 years though.

Constantly Furious said...

@Anonymous: quite possibly. But is the sentence for that 5 years in prison? Probably not.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a nice little side lock from here. Why can't the fucking oiks stick to imported handguns?

Anonymous said...

CF, an arsehole with a sawn off, think about it !

Andy Luke said...

Seems like this wasnt on their website because they were too busy concentrating on their spelling tests.

Murdoch's paywalls are coming up and its well-known that he doesn't like an internet of free news not ruled by him. The state of the newspaper industry, why not keep the juice for himself and have bloggers follow up to see what they could be getting?

As Mr. Murdoch helped write by publishing, news is interactively shaped. I'm sure he'll come out claiming it was The Sun Wot Won It (with their new buddies, New Tory) empowering a handful of Twitterati to present the mood of the country. Its still fucking wrong