And, such is the appetite of Rupe’s downmarket troops to put their prurient hackery before a wider audience that the accompanying article has been made free to view. It makes for utterly unappealing reading: as nominally Labour MP Simon Danczuk - whom the Sun has now demoted from “leading” or “campaigning” to mere “backbencher” - was looking after the couple’s two young children, Kazza was entertaining her personal trainer.
Gosh, I'm so surprised, honestly
“KAREN Danczuk spent more than seven hours with her personal trainer as he stayed the night at her house … Athletic Ben Bate sneaked into the 31-year-old’s marital home late on Thursday — just five days after she split with husband Simon, a Labour MP … Ben, who last night revealed he had separated from his wife, did not leave until shortly after sunrise yesterday, when he walked to his parked car with his hood up”.
You almost feel sorry for him
Leaving the rest of the lamentably constructed copy aside - it’s the same kind of puerile nudge-nudgery that the Sun has been peddling for decades - the obvious question begs itself. Where is the public interest in this lurid peep show? Bate and his apparently estranged wife also have children - does this not matter to the Sun? And isn’t it glaringly obvious that this is a calculated and very deliberate set-up?
Tell the Sun that - if they'll listen
Karen Danczuk has shown very little surprise at the appearance of the Sun splash. Why this might be is not difficult to deduce: her agent is Borne Media, set up by the daughter of one Max Clifford, serial sex offender with whom the Murdoch press was so happy to do business for so many years. Had the snapper outside the Danczuk house not been there with her approval, Kazza would more than likely have complained to the Police.
Someone else who wasn't told about the publicity
It’s clear from the reaction of Bate’s wife Natalie that the publicity is not welcome. No such comment has come from Ms Danczuk, just the obligatory attempt to pretend that she is still a devoted and protecting parent - just the kind of thing a PR might prompt her to do. Meanwhile, someone else’s family - that would be someone not getting paid, nor provided with a PR - is having their life trashed for the gratification of the Sun’s leering hacks.
Pass the sick bucket
One has to wonder who is the biggest villain here - Kazza for doing what she’s done (while, seemingly, having it all snapped), or the dregs of journalism for using the whole sorry business to flog a few more papers. Make no mistake, Karen Danczuk is nothing more than a a vacuous and deluded wannabe, and were it not for the Murdoch press pandering to her and her PR, she would by now have vanished without trace.