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PCC rules on Jan Moir: a strange and troubling ruling.

February 17, 2010 6 Comments

The Guardian reports that the PCC has rejected all the complaints (more than 25,000) about Jan Moir's article about Stephen Gately.

As it's late, I shall limit myself to comparing the reported ruling with the original article ...

PCC: "While many complainants considered that there was an underlying tone of negativity towards Mr Gately and the complainant on account of the fact that they were gay, it was not possible to identify any direct uses of pejorative or prejudicial language in the article."

Jan Moir: "the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see".

What lifestyle does she mean here?

Jan Moir: "Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as heterosexual marriages. Not everyone, they say, is like George Michael. Of course, in many cases this may be true."

How gracious - "may" be true "in many cases" that "not everyone" is like George Michael (whatever that means).

Jan Moir: "Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships."

What's she saying, that all civil partnerships are doomed to end unhappily?

PCC: Moir's claim that Gately's death had not been "natural", while controversial and speculative, "could not be established as accurate or otherwise".

Couldn't we have just use the post mortem to decide this?

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