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Thursday 26 May 2011

Alastair Campbell Proved Right – Twice

This blog does not generally use the L-word – as I discussed recently – but today an exception is made as Zelo Street celebrates falling standards of journalism on the dunghill that is Grubstreet. More specifically, those standards are falling at the Daily Mail, arguably the best resourced of all UK titles, which makes it even less forgivable.

Former Labour spinmeister Alastair Campbell used to call the Mail (and maybe still does) “The Dacre Lie Machine”, in tribute to the paper’s legendarily foul mouthed editor, and Dacre’s often transient relationship with factual accuracy. And today, the Dacre hackery has confirmed Campbell’s assertion unequivocally – twice in one article.

Not just one spelling howler ...

Because, in trying to run a piece of knocking copy aimed at Big Al, Mil The Younger and the Labour Party generally, Dacre’s finest have shot themselves in the foot by failing to spell Campbell’s name properly, first and most obviously in the title, and then again, for good measure, in a photo caption.

... but two of them

And the thrust of the attack on Big Al – that he’s donating money to the party he has supported for so long – is utterly lame. Especially if the hacks can’t get his name right.

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