I referred yesterday to what I see as the declining standards of journalism. Here’s another example. There’s a piece in The Times by one Stefanie Marsh where she interviews Richard Dawkins about his forthcoming book The Greatest Show on Earth. She affects surprise to find that he is moved by poetry:
He is also passionate about poetry — Haussman, Shakespeare, Yeats — and admits to being “rather embarrassingly, rather shamingly moved to tears when I read poetry aloud”.
Erm, I’m just taking a stab here, but I do rather suspect that Dawkins was referring to the poet A. E. Housman, rather than the French civic planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann.
For shame, Ms. Marsh. And also, with knobs on, for shame, the Times sub-editors. I remember when the Times was one of the world’s great newspapers. No more, it seems, alas…