Things ain't half hotting up over the recent White Paper on the BBC. First we had the Beeb's well-timed "exclusive" on John Whittingdale's dominatrix lover (true), then the luvvies' panic over the impending evisceration of BBC drama (untrue) and the (entirely reasonable) contents of said paper.
You can always rely on a good old provocative piece about 'Norn Iron' culture to get Tele readers' juices flowing. Nelson McCausland did precisely that with an invective about the use of the word 'craic', not just north and south of the border, but across the water as well.
A common question from readers is: "Where do stories come from?" The bland answer to that is, of course, from a whole range of sources. When told that one of these sources is follow-ups from other media, often the next question is: "How do we know which ones these are?"
Silly season (noun): "A time of year, usually in mid-summer or during a holiday period, characterised by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts and so on. Example: The Shroud (of Turin) is generally lumped in with silly season subjects, such as Atlantis, yetis and UFOs." (Source: Dictionary.com).
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