My good friend and colleague Ciaran Hughes at the Telegraph offered a few words on this bad show in the Daily Mirror on Wednesday
This appeared in Wednesday's Daily Mirror, on a double page spread along with a piece about the police investigation into Michael Jackson's last hours, and his doctor's involvement.
I think, unfortunately, for most journalists of the old school this is exactly what graphics are for. When the default setting of labeled photograph doesn't work (no picture) then the buck is passed to graphics to visualise something that only states the obvious, adds nothing to the story and can end up cheapening the entire process.
This sort of nonsense occurs at the top end of the market as well - being asked to do a graphic on how Saddam was hung for example. The strangest thing about all this is that while it only takes a second of thought to see how it will play out, it will take a couple of days for the Graphics Desk to make it happen.