...the Commission was particularly concerned at the lack of care the newspaper had taken in its presentation of the story.
The PCC is always telling us that adjudications are a serious punishment. Just yesterday, blogger Jamie Thunder published an interview with the PCC's public affairs director Will Gore which said:
One common criticism of the PCC is that it has no power to fine newspapers for serious or repeated breaches of the Code of Conduct, but Gore says that this “massively underestimates” the impact of the PCC’s adjudications on newspapers and editors.
Because we would hate to 'massively underestimate' the power of the PCC, we must assume that the Star has been ever-so careful to make sure the same 'lack of care' has not been present in other front page stories since that adjudication.
Well, they didn't do very well with the 'Chile mine to open as theme park' one. Or with the two 'reality TV' headlines on the same day which weren't exactly true either. And then there was the 22 October one about someone being 'out of X Factor' despite, at time of writing, that person still being 'in' X Factor.
And here's today's Daily Star:
Any similarity to the latest edition of new! magazine which, like the Star, is owned by Richard Desmond, is purely coincidental:
(As if that wasn't enough cross-promotion, one new! columnist was recently explaining how 'his friend' Richard Desmond would do 'fantastic things' at Channel Five.)
Essentially, today's Star is simply an advert for today's new!. The front page article even ends with the words:
To read the full story, buy new! magazine out now.
But the 'full story' - if it can even be called that - is already in the Star. Is reality TV 'star' Amy Childs really Peter Andre's 'new love', as claimed on the front page and in Gemma Wheatley's article?
Peter, 37, told new! magazine: “Amy has a massive following and has the potential to be a huge star. I’m meeting her in a couple of weeks.”
So his 'new love' is someone he hasn't even met? And previously he has said:
I do know that Amy is only 20 years old and therefore a little bit young for me! I’m very flattered but I think dating someone 17 years younger than me might be a bit weird.
So if she isn't his 'new love', how can Jordan be in a 'fury' about it? According to this tweet, she isn't.
It appears, then, that none of the Star's front page headline is accurate. Again.
And yet there are still cynics out there who 'massively underestimate' the impact of PCC adjudications...