Our Man's got what they call in the business, half a story. And any pro knows, when you've got only half the story, you bust your backside burning shoe leather to get the rest of the story until you can cover your arse legally, go to press and kick the opposition's. Yes, it IS all about arses. But times change, and Our Man ain't a pro (well, he sure as hell doesn't get paid for this shit) so here's half the story, it's up to you, dear reader, to fill in the gaps.
Remember the Ministry of Truth, the Yomiuri and her red-headed English speaking stepchild Daily Gomiuri? Seems the Yomiuri High Command has issued orders to the foot soldiers to stop communicating to folk, you know freely without prior authorization.
No more tweeting for reporters.
Can this be so?
Well, it's always hard to tell with the Ministry of Truth. Here's what Our Man knows in fact.
FACT: A Newsweek Japan editor tweeted a couple of days ago now that reporters were verboten von Usingeng Die Twittern. What did he/she know? Who told her/him? Why can she/he/it speak freely (but not to Our Man/Woman/Silhouette?)
FACT: The Yom High Command has instructed folk at the Daily Gomiuri to remove all reporters' twitter addresses from features printed in the paper.
FACT: Seven-11's 2008 Bordeaux is quite palatable indeed.
FACT: The last original, interesting article to appear in the Daily Yomiuri died three days ago at the age of 92. RIP.
FACT: Our Man tweeted this NINE HOURS AGO and got no response, so it's gotta be true, right?
Hello @DailyYomiuri. Any truth to the rumour that management has banned reporters from tweeting?
FACT: Nobody really gives a damn.
CONCLUSION: If it's true that the Higher Ups have banned twitter (yeah, c'mon, they've got a track record for analism) they quite rightly have identified the achilles heel to their whole enterprise, that is, nobody needs them anymore, now we can all publish what we think.
Howdya like them overpriced, oddly shapped apples, huh?
OK, it was less than half a story.