Oi, Journalists? A quiet word?

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by TheIronDuke, Nov 2, 2006.

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  1. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    Hi. You’ve got a job to do but you are beginning to irritate me.

    Depending on the ARRSE T&C’s, which I confess I haven’t read, everything on this site, opinion, fact or complete made up ballocks, is © the writer, or © ARRSE.

    Now it’s a useful resource for you all I am sure. Saves you lurking around draughty barracks buying pints of lager for questionable gents in corduroy strides, trying to sort the ‘Was There’s’ from the Walts. A handy way to fill the back story, pick up the zeitgeist and not move from your nice cubicle at Canary Warf.

    But half a dozen times in recent months I’ve seen you lot quote from “A British Army website’.

    And on two of those occasions it’s been the ARRSE. Because I read the same quote here myself.

    That’s QUOTE. Not back story or opinion. Quote.

    Shoddy, shoddy, cheap. And in my opinion in breach of copyright and the IP rights of the poster (or the board, whatever).

    I understand your Daily Mail reader would have a stroke if you said “A source up the ARRSE says…” (mind you, inducing a stroke among your readers seems to be part of your brief at the Daily Mail, but that’s another debate). Would it kill you to name The British Army Rumour Service?

    You wouldn’t dream of saying “A British Army source says the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are to be outfitted in puce crinoline” would you? Or if you did, your Sub would spike the story unless you could name the source.

    So whats with playing fast and loose with copyright material from the ARRSE?

    And while I’m on, “I’ll have a pint of lager thanks” means a pint of Stella or Kronenberg. Not that horrible horse piss Fosters. Thanks.
  2. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    At least half the trouble is that so many 'newspapers' have cut costs by not employing those annoyingly expensive Journalists. It's far cheaper to have a young trainee who is probably familiar with the new-fangled WWW, google up comments and quotes than have a trained Journo actually go and see places/people for himself.

    Major culprits in this respect - the Independent, and the Mirror Group. Check the Indy front page (you don't have to actually buy it), and most days you'll see a strident polemical headline along the lines of 'Global Warming is Killing our Future' or the like. The article itself will be an inflated opinion-piece, with any actual journalism done by Agencies, if at all.

    No Journos = less costs = higher profits.

    V Socialist.
  3. Some Journos who have used ARRSE quotes have donated to Combat Stress as requested by Brandt following his superstardom oin the Independant etc.
  4. And rightly b@@dy so as well. Still scum though, donations or not!
  5. Err... Superstar here. (Does that mean I have to beat Brian Jacks at squat thrusts?)

    I think ONE journo gave a personal donation- good bloke, from Guardian/ Observer. I don't know of others.