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Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Express blames bloggers for Dunblane outrage

I just thought that I would share with you all the response of the Scottish Sunday Express to the complaints about their Dunblane story:

It's editor Derek Lambie has replied:

"Many thanks for your letter. As you are no doubt aware – thanks to mass bloggers on the Internet – we have been inundated with letters and comments. Many of them have been extremely personal.

"I can assure you each and every one of the Comments from readers and residents in Dunblane is being read and discussed."

Just savour that one for a minute will you: 'Thanks to mass bloggers on the internet.' So it's our fault is it Derek? 

It's our fault that you attacked the victims of Dunblane as soon as you legally could? It's our fault that you wrongly accused them of shaming their dead friends? It's our fault that you misled people into condemning them as well? It's all our fault is it Derek? 

Now if Paula Murray was a politician, or a celebrity, the people of Dunblane would by now have expected a full apology. 

In fact if history is a guide it would have been Paula herself who would have hit the offenders doorstep first.

But as it is what do we get? Absolutely nothing. Nothing that is, except a few words from her editor whining about being found out.

Well boo hoo Derek. You've bitten a group of (what you assumed to be) defenceless eighteen year olds, and now a few of them have bitten back. 

It's time to face up and apologise.


Please take time to complain to the PCC here.

Then read Tim Ireland's piece here, and complain to the Express here

15 comments:

Phil said...

I always find it strage how much bloggers get blamed for so little stuff. What's the worst a blogger has ever done other than take the mick out of the Prime minister or be a bit rude? It's hardly a crime of the century but you would think a lot worse if you listened to some of the columists.

AdamB said...

They're easy stories to write I guess. As are those ones stolen from us.

scarlet/blonde said...

It really is about time the Press Complaints Commission was made an independent organisation, and the rule became "You have absolute freedom as members of the press, but if we catch you lying to or misleading the public, directly or by insinuation, we'll throw the book at you".

And by throw the book I mean prison sentences. Perhaps all journalists should swear an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but and a law past that they can be held in contempt of the people and jailed if they do otherwise. If journalists think this infringes on their integrity (ha, what a laugh), then they would simply be asking for permission to go on lying and the game would be up. If they don't complain, then the game is still up.

I suppose they would try and get public opinion on their side by claiming having to tell the truth would in some way infringe upon democracy (which is rubbish).

The British press are a bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes!

Alix said...

I just can't believe this. "Many of them have been extremely personal." What, personal like going on to someone's Facebook page and reprinting their status updates in a national newspaper? Personal like crowing at a bunch of teenagers in the public domain for being "shameful" and "disgraceful" because they've had a drink? That kind of personal?

They really don't like it up 'em, do they.

infinitylies said...

I want a Tshirt made and on it, it will say:

"BLOGGERS ARE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TOO"

Digital Spaghetti said...

So - according to the Express, these teenagers are not allowed to live a normal, teenage life like any other 18 year old on Bebo, Facebook, etc?

This is just another double-standards Daily Express baiting story to wind up their right-wing readers.

La BĂȘte said...

Incredible hogwash. I do love the way they asterisked out "suck my b*ws" though. There'll be readers all over the country pondering the meaning of this seeming profanity. 'Suck my bows?' they'll be thinking. 'What on earth can it mean?' Small-headed fucks.

Anonymous said...

I'm really glad these kids have grown up to live normal lives just like the rest of us have, considering what they went through you wouldn't be surprised if they were a little messed up, but they survived and have more right than the rest of us to lead their lives as they see fit. OK maybe not more of a right but no-one should be complainning that the way the stayed 'normal'.

Tim said...

Poor Paula. The meanthings we say to her.... cannot compete with the typical barrage that passes the lips of Richard Desmond at times like these.

eric the fish said...

I see that another Express story on Dunblane featuring an interview with a victim's mother is now only accessible to Express peeps. Good old Mr. Cache though:
http://tinyurl.com/cfmcwl

Alan said...

Legend

Stu said...

I feel that the good people of Dunblane and other concerned folk could learn a lot from how Liverpool reacted after the rubbish published in the Sun regarding the Hillsborough Tragedy http://tinyurl.com/6bj6jw

Letters From A Tory said...

What's a "mass blogger"?

womaninblack said...

Scarlet/Blonde: "The British press are a bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes!"

We're not all like that, S/B.

In 14 years of being a journalist I have never, ever set out to write a revolting piece like this one in the Sunday Express. It's easy to tar us all with the same brush, but as unfair as it is to write a piece about teenagers in Dunblane acting their age.

matt said...

"In 14 years of being a journalist I have never, ever set out to write a revolting piece like this one in the Sunday Express. It's easy to tar us all with the same brush, but as unfair as it is to write a piece about teenagers in Dunblane acting their age."

what rot! if this was an isolated story I'd have sympathy, but right now you are a member of a profession that seems to be having a race downwards; betting on who can hit the bottom first.

Now I dont think all Bankers are crooks or nincompoops, but until the good ones start to stand up and take action regarding the bad ones they'll all get tarred with the same brush.

Same goes for you in the dead tree press, until you stand up and start putting your own house in order dont expect to be viewed much better than the vile creature who wrote that filth.