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13:14 UK time, Thursday, 25 November 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Rumours that the topless model Katie Price has been slated as a Christmas guest editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme has got the commenterati talking.

And if everyone else thinks it's a bit of an odd choice, you can probably guess which side of the fence Julie Burchill stands. The viewpoint veteran uses her column in the Independent to offer a stout defence of some things Jordan. Not all things, because Burchill uses the space to illustrate the chasm of virtue between Jordan the model and, yes, Jordan the Middle East state.

Drawing readers' attention to the Hashemite Kingdom's alleged tolerance of "honour crimes" against women, she concludes:

"Yes, I certainly know which Jordan I prefer."

Which is fine as far as it goes, but is this a credible comparison? Paper Monitor isn't aware that a giant chunk of constitutional monarchy is being lined up to guest edit a current affairs radio show.

And Paper Monitor wonders how far Burchill is prepared take this line of logic in future columns.

With Christmas a month off, can we expect a breakdown of the relative merits of Turkey v turkey? Chile v chilli. Kerry Katona v Iceland.

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