So there I was idly browsing around the t’internet reading the background to the story of the spat between the ASA and Cranmer. I like to hear from both sides of a debate so that I can make up my own mind. So having read the Cranmer side I thought I would have a look at PinkNews and see what they thought of the issue.
Anyway, one of the commentators mentioned the identify of Cranmer. So I thought I’d check this fact out and copied the name into Google and see what turned up. I found this where Damian Thompson laid into Cranmer calling him the creepiest blogger.
Like the Pink News commentators it was full of hatred for Cranmer. I don’t read Cranmer that much though I do have him on my RSS, but I always got the impression that Cranmer doesn’t write hateful abusive articles. So to see a snippet of his writing where he seemed to take pleasure in the fact the Jade Goody had cancer and was about to die surprised me.
So I clicked on the link in Damian’s article to read the full article by Cranmer so that I could get the context of the the snippet.
And the full article was nothing like the snippet that Damian used. The article as a whole was quite fair to Jade and Cranmer was actually happy that Jade had found God. He actually rails into those who criticised Jack Straw for allowing Jack Tweed out of prison so they could marry because he believed that Jade was deserved some compassion.
So after all that, looking into a story and getting side tracked, I come out of it with a better view of Cranmer, a very bad view of Damian Thompson (not that I had any beforehand since I had never read any of his stuff in the Telegraph), and a poor view of the commentators in the Pink News.
And the conclusion? Always click on links and read the original to get the full context.