Rantings of a sub-editor

May 10, 2010

“We suggested that Ms Gascoigne had lied”

Yes… some may think that the headline “You Lying Bitch” suggested that.

News of the World subs: you need to insert a comma after “You Lying Bitch”, for one thing. And for another, what’s going on with the introduction of Sheryl Gascoigne? “Our article … referred to England footballer, Paul Gascoigne’s ex-wife, Sheryl Gascoigne”. Well, Paul Gascoigne’s ex-wife is not an England footballer, so remove the comma after “footballer”. Thank you.

Then, the use of the word “suggested” for the newspaper’s own claims (which were proved to be false) and the words “claimed” and “falsely” to describe those of Sheryl Gascoigne (which were proved to be true) don’t do the paper any favours. If you’re wrong, admit it properly and don’t pussyfoot around it.

To the reader: for “We recently accepted in court that each of these allegations was untrue”, please read “it was decided at the High Court that we would pay a five-figure sum in libel damages”.

Bad stuff. The link to the apology is here.

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1 Comment »

  1. Eating a late lunch and having a chuckle to this 🙂

    Comment by Andy — October 20, 2010 @ 2:38 pm | Reply


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