Monday 26 July 2010

Mail apologises after copying untrue story from the Sun (part two)

On 16 July, the Sun apologised for a 4 March article about Cheryl Cole.

On 21 July, the Daily Mail apologised for a 5 March article about Cheryl Cole, which was based on the false one written in the Sun:

An article on March 5 followed up a Sun report that Cheryl Cole was preparing to fly to France to enter into talks with her estranged husband Ashley following a series of text messages.

We would like to make clear that she did not fly to France and that there were no texts.

An article on March 3, 'Is Cheryl about to take Ashley back?', reported that Cheryl Cole had agreed to attend counselling sessions following a series of phone calls and texts.

We accept that this was inaccurate and that she did not make the statements attributed to her.

We apologise to Ms Cole for the misunderstanding and are happy to set the record straight.

It's not explicitly saying, as the Star did, 'we made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story' but it does appear to be saying 'we made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story, we just copied what we read in the Sun.'

As they did with the Marlon King article they apologised for on 16 July.


  1. If Woodward and Bernstein were dead, they would be spinning in their graves at the Daily Mail definition of 'followed up'...

  2. Good God...the sheer chutzpah of these "journalists". Followed up? Copied. Investigated? Wrote a made-up quote from an "anonymous friend". News? Showbiz gossip and pointless tittle tattle.

    Quite stunning that somehow this idea of news is copying another shitty papers made up lies. But also another example of the rich having the means and clout to force a "timely" correction. So how many stories on a daily basis are fabricated, false, deliberately skewed etc etc. and can we now please end th farce of the PCC and self-regulation and have a body to fine these papers and punish them for the lies peddled as news?


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