It’s bad enough that we get anyone with a quarter-arsed opinion and spelling from some mediaeval generation of Maltese writing as yet uncovered by research to pour their brainless inanities, non sequiturs, illogical fallacies peppered with the occasional seasoning of unbridled hate all over Facebook comments boards.

But can the official government department of information restrain itself from rolling in the slime and the mud? Look at this Facebook post by local newspaper Illum that was reporting on the existential dispute between Air Malta management and the company’s soon likely to be jobless staff.

And look at the DOI stepping in with a wisecrack. Standards are so low you cannot call them standards any more. It’s just a pit of gelatinous mediocrity.