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Kevin Myers was the inevitable result of a press culture that trades on shock

Major newspapers have been publishing people of Myers' ilk for years. No wonder trust in the press is plummeting

By Richard Seymour  

Jeremy Clarkson is just one pundit who has made a career out of gleefully skirting the line of acceptability. Photo: PA

What is the optimal level of shock? Every week, in some bland broadsheet or trashfire tabloid, a middle-aged male sadsack lines up the sacred cows of political correctness, shoots them (“in front of their families,” as Jeremy Clarkson might have it), and awaits the scandalised response with a cheeky smirk.

It could be Rod Liddle propounding the weakness of the female sex, Clarkson gleefully punning about “slopes,” or…

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