Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Angry Mob
"We are the Angry Mob, we read the papers every day;
we like who we like, we hate who we hate But we're oh so easily swayed."
Take Robert Murat. A few weeks ago he was the tabloids' enemy no. 1 as the only suspect in the Madeleine McCann case. His life was ripped apart in huge, headline spanning, multi page character assassinations. He was super-bad. No paper was more vigorous - because it was one of their journalists, after all, who reported Murat to the Portuguese police - than the Mirror. Matthew Paris pointed out on today's Andrew Marr programme a tiny story in the Sunday Mirror buried well inside the paper. It's substance? That Robert Murat had effectively been cleared of all suspicion. Another triumph for the tabloid task of life-ruining.
UPDATE: Of course, on a purely parochial note, we do have our own tabloid sensationalism - how many times, for instance, does the little sports rag WTSSG seek to demean worthy, hard-working members of staff over such things as the selling of their car? Ridiculous! And as for the call for more disicpline....