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Hate the player, not the game

May 14, 2010, 09:43 AM
Authors : Daniel
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Post date : May 14, 2010, 09:43 AM

On yesterday's Have I Got News for You, comedian Chris Addison announced, "I hate journalists. Full stop."

I can't help but feel hurt. How did I offend him? Was it by studying for three years to become a reporter, gaining an honours degree and trade qualifications?

Perhaps the problem lies in my formative career on a general interest magazine in Sheffield, where I mainly wrote about the city's history and interviewed local business people.

Did I give a bad review to Mr Addison's favourite band during my time as a music critic? Or is he an enthusiastic supporter of the government's online services who objected to my recent article about the suspect quality of HMRC's website?

I suspect the hirsute funny-man took umbrage at none of the above. After all, he didn't know I existed until I messaged him on Twitter last night. And I bet he's forgotten me already. He's just angry - and quite rightly - at ill-informed newspaper hacks who, wilfully or not, spread disinformation.

I'm still upset, though. Why not? Someone has used his position as a (minor) celebrity to go on telly and be rude about a lot of people, including me and many of my friends, for doing nothing but choose an honest job that we perform to the best of our abilities.

I can finally empathise with tax inspectors.

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