Media: the babbling babies of Fleet Street
There seems to have been a few nasty little tabloid articles about me recently. Two in a Scottish newspaper which I’m in the process of obtaining, and these two:
This one seems to have come from my blog about being a living donor (see 2020 – 31). Apart from the usual unpleasant tone and pejorative adjectives, it’s accurate – at least to do with me being a living donor. They don’t even seem to express an opinion one way or another. Helpfully, they’ve made public my letter to Matt Hancock – perhaps, this will result in me getting a reply from him after more than 4 months since writing.
The other story claims that I’m seeking compensation “as this prison doesn’t serve enough chips.” I also, apparently say:
“there aren’t enough fries in a portion at HMP Wakefield.” See blog 2020 – 25 – food – you decide.
The Independence Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) have a strict ‘Editors’ Code of Practice. In tems of accuracy, they say: ” The Press must take care not publish inaccurate, misleading – information…” and “A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – when appropriate – an apology published…”
Since the last round of press retractions and printed apologies they’ve been careful to stay the right side of the line, albeit with the usual histrionics and vileness. The ‘food’ article has crossed the line into inaccuracy – how thick are these people? Surely, they know this is going to lead to a complaint seeking a retraction and apology if they refuse,,, bring on IPSO!
Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts,2ndJuly 2020