Sunday, October 24, 2004


As soon as the Guardian began receiving emails objecting to the article by Charlie Brooker whose concluding sentence encouraged the assassination of President Bush, remembering the onslaught of objections to their attempts to interfere with the presidential election, they pulled the article and replaced it with this "We didn't mean to offend, you just didn't understand the tasteless joke" comment:

The final sentence of a column in The Guide on Saturday caused offence to some readers. The Guardian associates itself with the following statement from the writer.

"Charlie Brooker apologises for any offence caused by his comments relating to President Bush in his TV column, Screen Burn. The views expressed in this column are not those of the Guardian. Although flippant and tasteless, his closing comments were intended as an ironic joke, not as a call to action - an intention he believed regular readers of his humorous column would understand. He deplores violence of any kind."

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!