Sermon by John Boylan, Authorised Lay Preacher at All Saints Church Wokingham.
Bible reading: Mark 2.23-3.6
Introduction: There’s a story about an American tourist driving through a remote part of Southern Ireland. It was a very hot day and he was pleased, having not passed anyone in over 30 minutes, to find a little pub albeit in the middle of nowhere where he could stop for lunch and ask directions. On entering the pub, he found it completely empty apart from the Landlord, who greeted him with a big smile and welcome. “Gee this is wonderful” he said, “I’m dying for a cold beer.”
Sermon by Canon David Hodgson Sunday 10th June 2018
Bible reading: Mark 3: 20 -35
When it was announced last week that Paul Dacre was retiring as editor of the Daily Mail there have been few retirement announcements that have provoked such a wide range of reactions. To some, he was a “true icon”. To Lord Rothermere he was “the greatest Fleet Street editor of his generation” – but then Rothermere owns the Daily Mail! To Labour Lord Adonis “it seems like a moment of national liberation. This influence has been so negative on our public life for 25 years.”
To Conservative MP Nicholas Soames “It’s impossible to overestimate Dacre’s poison at The Mail - no man can be called a ‘great’ editor who permits the headline that the Judges are the ‘Enemies of the People’”.
Those reactions to Paul Dacre’s retirement are a useful reminder that the idea of news as neutral – or that news media simply report the facts of events- is definitely a fantasy..