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Saturday 12 September 2020

Geordie Greig - You’re Having A Laugh

In late 2018, the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre finally bowed out as editor of the Daily Mail, kicked upstairs, allegedly at the request of one or more of the Rothermeres. In place of the Vagina Monologue came Geordie Greig, who had previously edited the Mail on Sunday. Having now completed two years in the editor’s chair, Greig has decided to celebrate the occasion by giving an interview to GQ Magazine.

Geordie Greig

This has been signposted on the front cover, readers being told “‘I want to make the Daily Mail a force for good’ … How Geordie Greig changed Britain’s most divisive newspaper”. And to that I call bullshit: the Mail is still thundering away in Full Dacre mode on occasion, and the only effect of that claim will be to have his predecessor throw a swearing fit.

Worse, Greig’s track record as editor of the MoS does not suggest that the Mail is going to become pure as the driven snow overnight, indeed, quite the opposite. Consider two examples of what passed for journalism on his watch - one, the selective suppression of news which had a clear public interest, and the other a gratuitous and crude smear job.

The power of the press rests not merely on what it chooses to publish, but what it does not, and in the latter category are stories which are suppressed for the press’ benefit. Greig was intimately involved in one of the most recent and, indeed, most infamous, that of Tory MP John Whittingdale and his significant relationship with a dominatrix.

As James Cusick, formerly of the Independent, told, Greig agreed there was a pubic interest in running the story. “According to Mail on Sunday staff, Greig made a moving speech to the gathered team, saying this was the type of political story that defined great newspapers, and if the MoS backed off, it had no right to call itself a newspaper”.

Why's that c*** from Crewe putting me on his f***ing blog?!?!?

But “Months later, a friend of [Olivia] King [the dominatrix] said Whittingdale had offered his partner an assurance that nothing would be published … When the small team of journalists returned to the Mail’s Kensington headquarters on the Tuesday they expected to redouble their efforts to track down [Ms] King. Instead Greig simply told them the investigation was to stop. No further explanation was offered”.

Whittingdale was useful to the press: he had stalled on implementing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which they wanted. In exchange, several papers passed on the story. Then, at the end of 2017, came a smear with which I admit some familiarity. The MoS sent a hack to snoop on self-employed beautician Danielle Hindley.

The paper lumped her business in with what it described as “rogue beauticians” and “cosmetic cowboys” on the word of a disgruntled former customer. No medical evidence for the paper’s claims was provided. The hack sent to investigate busted the IPSO editor’s code and, indeed, not even IPSO was prepared to defend the MoS.

Ms Hindley took the MoS to court after campaigning group Hacked Off became involved. Her case concluded earlier this year. The MoS did not even attend court; they took some time to pay the damages that had been agreed. It happened on Geordie Greig’s watch.

Now he talks about being a force for good. He really is having a laugh.

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Anonymous said...

A rat can't change its tail.

Anonymous said...

The DM today:

A bloke who looks like Peter Stringfellow procreated with himself is running anti-immigrant vigilante patrols - much praise in comments.

Covid shoots up - comments are filled with demented conspiracy shit and people screaming about it all being a hoax.

David Starkey talks about BLM having 'the same values as ISIS'. Commenters love him, despite the idiocy of his ramblings and the likelihood of Ashley Banjo and John Boyega mounting a successful conquest of South London using customised drones and Toyota pick-up trucks being exactly zero.

An otherwise quite rational story about people queuing for Covid tests. Top comments talking about Marxist propaganda, sheep and the usual drivel mixed with the occasional sensible one.

Here's my question - newspapers can quite easily moderate comments yet the DM's seem to be getting more acidic by the day. What's the agenda? Does Geordie think he'll boost sales by encouraging his customers to catch the 'Rona? Does he think his paper is kinder while giving free publicity to right-wing extremist whack jobs?

This stuff is common across the 'Conservative' press. Are they trying to destroy themselves or are they hoping they can keep running as loss-leader Goebbels-esque propaganda sheets bankrolled by billionaire sociopaths?

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

'a pubic interest', Tim!
Delete it quick.
No! Publish and be dommed..........

Jonathan said...

Anyone who works for the Daily Sieg Heil is not involved in serving the public but the self interest of the Tory party.