What has got me so annoyed I hear you ask? Andrew Marr (Boo' hiss) has.
Andrew Marr - (Born 31 July 1959) is a British journalist and political commentator. He edited The Independent for two years until May 1998, and was political editor of BBC News from 2000 until 2005.
He began hosting a political programme Sunday AM, now called The Andrew Marr Show, on Sunday mornings on BBC One from September 2005. Marr also hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week. In 2007 he presented a political history of post-war Britain on BBC Two, Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, followed by a prequel in 2009 - Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain focusing on the period between 1901-1945. - Wikipedia.
Oh, that Andrew Marr, why didn't you say? Yes, that Andrew Marr - the very same Andrew Marr who has so annoyed so many bloggers.
(Risking) the wrath of the blogosphere by describing bloggers as "inadequate, pimpled and single", the presenter dismissed citizen journalism (yes, that's you and me) as the "spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night."
Marr told an audience at the Cheltenham literary festival "A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basement and ranting." (At least he has the ranting bit right.)
But Tim Montgomerie, the political blogger who founded and edited the ConservativeHome website, described Marr's comments as "lazy" and "ignorant," and said: "The elite of the blogs (Petty Witter's included. I wish) - in politics, religion, science, computing - is better than mainstream journalism. - John Plunkett and James Robinson, The Guardian. (READ FULL ARTICLE)
Ok, before anyone says it, I know I have taken this a little out of context in that Marr seems to be mainly referring to those who have blogs with a journalistic slant BUT how dare this man judge a whole group of people in this way. Not a particularly political person, most Sunday mornings (ok, every now and again) I'd find myself watching his show - not any more though.
Read what The Guardian's Krishnan Gurumurthy has to say in defence of bloggers by clicking HERE. Oh, and do be sure to leave your comments on the subject once you have drunk enough and managed to stagger to your mother's basement.