Monday, 19 October 2009

Moir complaints hit 21,000

The Guardian is reporting that 21,000 people have now complained to the PCC over the Jan Moir article on Stephen Gately. It is, they say, more complaints than the PCC has received in total in the last five years.

The Mail itself has written a page four story on the controversy, although seem to be following a slightly different controversy to everyone else:

A worldwide debate over a Daily Mail article on the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately spread over the internet at the weekend.

It's an interesting use of the word 'debate'. The headline even refers to a 'Stephen Gately debate' rather than a Jan Moir one.

That the Mail has chosen not to avoid the story, and following critical comments from its own columnists Suzanne Moore and Janet Street-Porter, it does look as if the it is trying to mollify critics.

It continues:

Thousands have been moved to comment on Moir's column

'Comment on'? Well, that's one way of putting it. They add the column was:

about the circumstances surrounding the star's death in Majorca, when he and his civil partner invited a Bulgarian man to their flat.

Which, again, suggests there was something untoward about both the death and the Bulgarian man.

And still there's no apology and no one has been sacked. How different to how it wanted the BBC to react after Sachs.

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