Carol Vorderman in happier times
What happened can be described easily: Ms Vorderman was leaving her house (to use the local vernacular, nice part of Cliffun near the Spenshun Bridge) to drive to Cardiff to present her radio show when she spotted two aggressive paparazzi. They had tried to snap her some days earlier and failed. After going back in her house to collect herself, she returned to her car and drove off. But their aggression unsettled her.
“Their photos will no doubt turn up on the [Mail Online] website today, chosen especially to show where I live and a cross face (I was scared...Yes even after all of these years) … then the trolls will post thousands of abusive message & all so that the paps & papers can make money”. So why was the Mail the first name that came to mind?
Fortunately for her, the photos from yesterday have not yet surfaced, but one facet of the press’ behaviour has: the Independent, one of the few outlets to report her distress, had edited out her reference to other papers. And the Liverpool Echo’s article got pulled soon after being put online. Press Omertà is alive and inducing self-censorship.
Our free and fearless press is an absolute shower. But you knew that already.