Baltimore Mayor hits back at Grayling over ‘Wire’


6:04 pm - August 27th 2009

by Chris Barnyard    


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The Mayor of Baltimore has hit back at Tory MP Chris Grayling over comparing parts of Britain to The Wire.

In a statement posted to her website, Sheila Dixon said Baltimore had a per capita homicide rate “a fraction of that in the popular UK television show Midsomer Murders.”

The statement read:

Fellow citizens

This week I was alerted to a speech made by a Member of the British Parliament, a Mr Chris Grayling, who suggested his country should fear becoming like our city of Baltimore as portrayed in the HBO series, The Wire. We all watched The Wire and while it was sometimes a heart-breaking reflection of reality, it was in the main, merely entertaining fiction.

The television show failed to reflect the best we have in this city, our sense of community, our hospitality and our proud history and culture. To present a television show as the real Baltimore is to perpetuate a fiction that dishonours our city. It is as pointless as boasting that Baltimore has a per capita homicide rate a fraction of that in the popular UK television show Midsomer Murders.

The Baltimore Police Department is working hard to protect the people of this city and it should be remembered that The Wire was just a television show. As this video shows, there is so much more to Baltimore than The Wire.

She links to a website with a full count of homicides in Midsomer Murders.

Chris Grayling has yet to respond.

Update: It’s a fake. But this accompanying video is pretty funny though.

And Chris Grayling is still wrong.

Another update, in response to Iain Dale

There never was a press release to the story.

I heard about it on Twitter and passed it along to post up on the site.

The sanctimonious attitude of Dale and Fawkes is funny – I suppose they’ve never linked to a website with a comment.

http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2009/08/extent-of-government-funded-lobbying.html

http://order-order.com/2009/08/04/think-tanks-on-the-taxpayer/

Dale – I know you’re still pissed off we forced you to apologise to Tom Watson for libelling him, but this really is quite amusingly sad.

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Reader comments


1. Shatterface

Oxford is pretty deadly from what I’ve seen in Morse.

We should ask Laurie how she survived.

Between them, Hannan and Grayling are making Britain look pretty silly to the US aren’t they?

How there is anyone left alive in Midsomer I have no idea.

Shiiiiiiiiiiiit!

While its her job to point out positive steps being taken in Baltimore, the Midsomer Murders defence is pretty weird – its almost Graylingesque in its silliness.

If she was right – especially if she had compared Baltimore to a real place, not a TV show – then Grayling might have a legitimate point in arguing that the Wire [or even simply ‘Baltimore’] now depicts the reality of many parts of many Britain’s cities.

Which it, err, doesn’t.

Terrible press release churnalism.

Oh wait Guido – next time I’ll remember to add a pithy comment in red underneath. Then it won’t be churnalism, right?

Regurgitating a press release without doing any independent checking isn’t journalism, it is churnalism, something you condemn repeatedly.

Guido, you are an idiot (this is well-known, but worth reiterating).

Regurgitating a press release *as your own work* is churnalism. Republishing a politician’s speech *wholly in a quote box*, with a brief factual description of when they said it, is not.

That’s not Tory semen round Guido’s chops, it’s ice cream.

Honest.

Guido is not a Tory.

Honest.

Sorry idiots, but this IS churnalism. What’s the new angled to this story? None, just like everything else on LibCon.

JohnB, you mean “Sheeeeeeeiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeaat”?

KMN – oh sorry, I didn’t realise I was forcing you read the website! Must stop that.

Guido – wait, you’re giving us advice now on journalism are you? You idiot – I’m not running a press release and passing it off as original journalism – I’m reporting and linking to a statement made by someone.

I know that you’re desperate to defend the Tories these days and a bit annoyed that left blogs are increasingly flexing their muscles – but I suggest you take your moralising someplace where people take your opinion seriously.

That is quite a humorous response.

Strange its got an UK spelling of ‘dishonours” in it.

An American aware of the world outside of her own borders?

Wow, it is just like in season 5 where the aspiring journalist… oh wait, wouldn’t want to snitch on the ending.

It’s still quite humorous…

I hope you lot realise this is a hoax website?

Mr Hilton, indeed.

20. Klaus Westwood

Sunny – I’m afraid it’s not Guido here who’s the idiot…when will you guys learn. Surely the fact that Guido suddenly chirps up knocking the post should have set alarm bells ringing. You play right into his hands by retorting “left blogs are flexing their muscles…” when in fact you’ve been taken by a pretty funny hoax – instead show a bit of lateral thinking and ask yourself why he’s posting what he’s posted.

Your subsequent silence (bar a very curt update) doesn’t do you much credit either. Peter Hoskin’s a lot more magnanimous in admiting he’s been had over on Coffee House. Makes your subsequent comments fit pretty squarley with the humourless left stereotype. Maybe the muscular left blogs need to take a leaf out of those om the right.

I think my earlier comment stands, Klaus.

@14 Don’t know what you are doing, but it isn’t journalism. Come back when you have wiped the egg off your face.

Klaus, I think you have to bear in mind that Recess Monkey is (was?) a left blog…

Anyway, the video rips it out of Grayling. It’s good that people are still talking about his idiotic comments.

Who whole reason this blew up anyway is that people didn’t watch the video despite the link being really obvious. If they had, they would have twigged pretty soon, surely? Dunno. Weird one.

Guido – there’s something on your face, too. You must have noticed, it’s dripping with the stuff.

Yes, tears of laughter at you Comrade Blimps for pompously taking it so seriously.

Admit it, Sunny H: you’ve been fooled. Rather than admit it, you choose to attack people like Guido for defending the Tories. I don’t know how anyone who has read Guido’s website can sensibly accuse him of defending Tories.

I’m afraid you come across as a child who’s done wrong and then bursts into tears before pathetically whimpering about the unfairness of it all.

Tears of laughter? Tears from gagging, more like.

What difference a bit of research can make…

There never was a press release accompanying the story. I picked up the link on Twitter and passed it along to be written up.

And then we updated the story once I heard it was a hoax. The churnalism rubbish doesn’t stand given that everyone from the Spectator to broadsheets ran with the story on their blogs once they heard about it.

And Guido – you remain a twat.

30. John D. Monkey

Sunny

When you’re in a hole, stop digging!

Over at Guido’s place:

“UPDATE : Chris Grayling tells Guido “it made me laugh”.”

Mmmm. Cozy.

According to the “comments policy”, above “Abusive, sarcastic or silly comments may be deleted”. How do the following comments not fall into that category?

* “Tears of laughter? Tears from gagging, more like.”

* “And Guido – you remain a twat.”

Admittedly, I did accuse Sunny H of whimpering like a child, but that’s in a slightly different league to the comments above.

This reminds just me why I can’t stand left-wingers. You’re all so po-faced, can never admit you’re wrong and get plain nasty when people point out your mistakes. This is all done while maintaining a sanctimonious, “holier-than-thou” stance. You’re hypocrites, the lot of you!

“This reminds just me why I can’t stand left-wingers. You’re all so po-faced, can never admit you’re wrong and get plain nasty when people point out your mistakes. This is all done while maintaining a sanctimonious, “holier-than-thou” stance. You’re hypocrites, the lot of you!”

Yep – all left-wingers. I think there was one who made a knock-knock joke, but he was swiftly, er — disappeared.

34. the a&e charge nurse

[33] I think most of us are look for ‘evidence’ to reinforce our prejudices, Thomas.

To combat it I try to keep up with blogs across the political spectrum.
That, plus the fact disillusionment waits around the corner, irrespective of whether the corner taken is left or right.

Oh wait, big fan of Ron Paul says he hates left-wingers. Quelle surprise.

@33 – if you think blow-job jokes are ‘po-faced’, I dread to think what counts as levity in your world…

That’s right, Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes would never run blog posts straight from a press release would they?

http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2009/08/extent-of-government-funded-lobbying.html

http://order-order.com/2009/08/04/think-tanks-on-the-taxpayer/

Hypocrites.

Is JuliaM a non-person by the way?

Thank you [34] and [35]: some sensible, non-insulting comments.

Since writing my comment, above, I see that Sunny H has called Iain Dale a “muppet”. What a thoroughly upstanding fellow he seems to be! I would love to meet him and have a sensible discussion about policy sometime. I rather suspect, however, that, like Rik in “The Young Ones”, he would shout “Fascist” the moment I opened mouth.

And people wonder why the Tories will win the next general election…

No worries.

“And people wonder why the Tories will win the next general election…”

Personally, I lay the blame squarely at the feet of Sunny Hundal.

Sunny H, you appear to have looked at my bio on twitter. Well done! That’s called “research”.

41 – I thought it was all Alex Hilton’s fault?

Hilton? No – as inconsequential as his namesake. Sunny, and his comments policy, shoulder responsibility.

Phew, well at least no Tories have said anything silly in the last few days, eh?

It’s because secretly he’s a Tory sleeper agent, working from within to destroy the left. That’s the real conspiracy – only connect…

46. Matt Munro

Three well known facts about left wingers;

1) They are all ugly

2) They have never had good sex (possibly a consequence of 1)

3) They have NO sense of humour (possibly a consequence of 2)

@37 I don’t want my spend my entire day having a discussion with abusive left-wingers but, Neil, do you really think that your comments are funny? Just before you write them, do you think to yourself, “*This* will have them rolling in the aisles” and then excitedly type it out? If so, I’m afraid you are sorely mistaken. Your comments are silly and puerile and the mark of a troll.

You say “dread to think what counts as levity” in my world. Well, you need dread no longer. I will happily inform you that I find Ricky Gervais, Oscar Wilde, Michael McIntyre, The Inbetweeners and Blackadder (to name a few) funny. I do not like Monty Python’s Flying Circus (apart from the “Dead Parrot” sketch and a couple of others).

“2) They have never had good sex (possibly a consequence of 1)”

Remember to close the curtains, comrades, or you’ll fall victim to Matt’s “research”.

Thomas, that comment was so po-faced I’m surprised your eyes were still pointing outwards!

“Your comments are silly and puerile and the mark of a troll.”

[raises comedy handbag]

Ooooooooooooh!

It’s because secretly he’s a Tory sleeper agent, working from within to destroy the left.

Dammit, rumbled!

@48, that comment made me laugh Quite A Lot.

“I do not like Monty Python’s Flying Circus (apart from the “Dead Parrot” sketch)” – UR DOIN’ IT THE RONG WAY ROUND

52. Simon Richards

This is the first time I’ve visited this blog. I read Guido and Dale and CoffeeHouse and LabourList for a bit of balance and recreation.

Before I was pointed at this blog, I would never have guessed that Sunny and his mates were puerile, sanctimonious twats, but then again you can never tell can you!

@john b, it’s even funnier if you read it in a Brian Sewell accent. Comment #33, doubly so.

Can we not fit Hannan into this post please?

It’s this kind of shambles that the great man should have his name attached to…

Seriously, the gloat by the fat drunk and the EPIC DALE FAIL shows two things:

1. They are cunts
2. They read this blog a lot

55. Jules Wright

Churnalist. Always check your sources. It’ll stop you looking like a chump.

Oh fuck and now JuliaM is here…

@61 I LOL’ed

“@61 I LOL’ed”

Hope you read all the links this time, johnb. Wouldn’t want you making a complete tit of yourself, as you did over at The Mag’s Blog today…

JuliaM in someone laughs at her stupidity shocker and she get’s uppity with them.

Used to be Ben, used to be, anything with cack handed JuliaM in is always going to be very uncool indeed.

I quite like the way that I’m now able to comment on comments that haven’t even been made yet.

@70, you prat.

Actually, I take it back – this thread’s great! Everyone’s dropping one-liners like Vanilla Ice dropped rhymes…

“…it means poor johnb is now ‘lol’ing at a post that appears to exist in the future, because it shifts all the numbering!”

Dayummm – that’s gonna sting…

Dayummm – that’s gonna sting…

Heh. If I ever see the mayor of Baltimore…

I quite like “slow minded harpy that descends upon comment threads like a vile plague”

w00t!

WTF is happening to the numbering of this thread by the way? Getting very confusing…

OMG! SUNNY IS A NAZI LIBERAL FASCIST SILENCING FREEDOM OF SPEECH LIKE HITLER JUST WITHOUT THE ECONOMIC POLICIES, ANTI-SEMITISM, SOCIAL ENGINEERING OR IN FACT ANYTHING ELSE LIKE THE NAZIS.

OMG!

Yes, Jonah Goldberg says libruls are fascists, so it must be troo.

This site still doesn’t delete as many comments as Comment Is Futile though.

I love the fact that they delete comments here, seriously, I’ve been to far too may places that let all kinds of shit stand and who wants to post there? You want to post somewhere you know that draws a line with comments.

Fair play to them I say.

71. Elby The Beserk

Extraordinarily pompous sanctimony.

Don’t give up the day job, eh? What? This is it?

Deary me. I’ve read more intelligent stuff on Labourlist, and it’s like shooting fish in a barrel there.

6th form stuff.

Sock puppet alert.

Either that or a total ballbag…

alright alright, I missed out a few comments earlier in between trying to work and keep out Iain Dale’s trolls. It’s clear now.

@73 (or possibly @24, but Elby anyway) is another one that works best if you read it in a Sewell voice. Althought a Comic Book Guy voice also works.

Such a pleasure to see you half wit liberals taken in and commenting on a spoof. Impecable sources like labour list and the Grauniad, priceless.

Is this a playground?

Playground? Nah, we’re too ‘po-faced’ to play.


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    Are parts of the US beginning to resemble the Midsomer Murders? Concerning. http://tinyurl.com/lzcstv

  2. Jim Jepps

    RT @libcon: Baltimore Mayor hits back at Chris Grayling over ‘Wire’ jab http://bit.ly/WyDAY

  3. Mark Pack

    RT @jamesgraham: Are parts of the US beginning to resemble the Midsomer Murders? Concerning. http://tinyurl.com/lzcstv

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    Mayor of BMore hits back: http://bit.ly/WyDAY

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