Peter Reynolds

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It’s Time To Put The Daily Mail Out Of Business.

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Paul Dacre, Editor of The Daily Mail,  Butcher of Truth.

Paul Dacre, Editor of The Daily Mail, Butcher of Truth.

Freedom of the press is a crucial ingredient of any free society but so is freedom from the press that habitually lies, misleads and distorts. This is the very essence of The Daily Mail. It is the way it does business. It is its editorial policy and its business strategy. If a story can be twisted, evidence misrepresented or opinion disguised as fact then that is the route that The Daily Mail will always choose.

I am no supporter of Red Ed but now I have a reason other than his delusional policies to feel sorry for him. The disgusting and shameful abuse of his father is beneath contempt but it is exactly what one would expect from the most vile and offensive man in the media, Paul ‘The Butcher’ Dacre.

Dacre is the butcher of truth, the master of distortion and the cause of great misery and misinformation throughout Britain.  No other individual has been responsible for more  ‘inaccurate, misleading and distorted’ reporting. Those are the words at the heart of the Editors’ Code which is supposed to determine the standards by which newspapers operate.  The Daily Mail’s editorial is defined by its direct contradiction to the requirements of the code.  It is not just in breach of it.  It is the antithesis of it.

The tragic irony is that Dacre chairs the Editors’ Code committee.  His perverse influence means he rules the Press Complaints Commission with an iron fist and it, despite the good intentions of its staff, is a laughing stock and a rubber stamp for whatever lies monsters like Dacre want to print.

There may be a silver lining in this latest despicable episode.  It just might give Cameron the backbone he needs to implement Leveson in full, to kick out the ‘capo di tutti capi’ of the Fleet Street mafia and restore some decency and truth to British journalism.

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  1. Just don’t buy the paper if you don’t like it. Apart from your drug interest you are as right wing as they come. I stopped supporting you when you championed Thatcher, a woman who left a legacy of greed and selfishness and now you want to ban newspapers. Tedious beyond words.

    Gary Dobbs

    October 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    • I actively supported Margaret Thatcher since 1978 and she remains one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. Any “drug interest” I have is personal and private. My public interest is drug law reform – but perhaps the difference is too subtle for you.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      • and she remains one of the greatest capitalist, free-market swooning, neo-liberal reptilian leaders the world has ever seen.*

        Any opinion you have on world politics and economics is automatically void if you can actively support a woman who’s awful policies have caused untold misery and woe, both domestically and internationally.

        Connor

        October 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      • Oh well, if you say my opinion is “automatically void”, I leave it to others to judge what credence they should give to yours.

        Peter Reynolds

        October 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      • What feasible reasons can you have for supporting her? She broke any credibility Unions had (I’m not saying they were free of fault), endorsed a world wide economic system that has kept billions languishing in poverty for a short term profit based on limitless growth off of finite resources and for heavens sake, SHE TOOK THE MILK.

        Connor

        October 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      • @Connor. Which would void the opinion of a large percentage of the population, which would make you an idiot…

        George

        October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    • Thatcher was a truly great leader! She had her flaws but what politician doesn’t? Her legacy shaped modern Britain for the better.

      George

      October 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  2. This post is also fairly naiive. Cameron’s not going to move on the press is Ed Miliband is taking flak. As for the Mail, unfortunately it’s here to stay. It has the world’s most visited website of any newspaper due to its salacious gossip and content stolen from other popular sites such as Reddit, Cracked and Buzzfeed, and its print edition continues to be bought in the hundreds of thousands by middle-aged morons. But this aside, the Mail is a black hole of hatred and bile – as it feeds on attention. An equal number of people buy it and visit their website to be outraged as those who buy it because they identify with its content. If anything, the whole affair will strengthen the Mail, and all the attention on the Ralph Miliband article will do nothing but give the Mail a chance to repeat its points. No one’s being shut down, no one’s getting the sack, Cameron will be as flacid as usual and nothing will change.

    Nice idea though.

    Chris

    October 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    • *…IF Ed Miliband is taking flak.

      Chris

      October 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  3. Hanging is too good for that Dacre feller! He needs a good crack on the jaw

    Maharg Smith

    October 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  4. I have had a long standing ambition to make enough money to buy out the Daily Mail and cease it’s publication, or turn it into a print version of The Onion. I’m not sure which would irritate it’s readers more. 😄

    mandrill

    October 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  5. I’ve never been a big fan of Margaret Thatcher but then I don’t like sitting in darkness although there would be no newspapers if it wasn’t for Thatcher because they would all be on strike so much they would all be out of business.

    Andrew

    October 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

  6. Planning to take over the world Peter?!?

    Why is it you seem to pick fights with everyone but you don’t seem to be achieveing much other than alienating and upsetting lots of people who would otherwise be up for helping the cause?

    I seriously have to question your motives and methods based on your previous actions.

    Surrey Cannabis Club

    October 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

    • Ah, another empty, meaningless and abusive message from some dumb pothead who probably thinks the most important thing in life is to be able to spark up in public. Yes, there are a few of you about! I’m more than happy to alienate your sort because you’re irrelevant, in fact you hold back the cause of cannabis law reform.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      • You seem to dish out quite a lot of replies containting a lot of speculation and personal attacks over substance.

        connorwormsley

        October 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  7. well said peter, Ive always said that the daily mail should be banned as a news paper

    Ian Leask

    October 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

    • Well; I wouldn’t ban it but I think it should be exposed and ridiculed for the lies and drivel it publishes.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  8. When it comes to the media producing ‘misinformation’, one solution might be to legislate to oblige them to print a retraction in the same font, font size, and position in the paper, prefaced with the words ‘we were wrong’. That, I think, is the only way the general public will ever be acquainted with the veracity and reliability of their ‘news’ sources.

    The chances of that happening though are slim, without political will or a pubic referendum. Public pressure might be the best route, especially following a notorious case like the ‘phone hacking scandal’. Then it would probably require a court decision to decide when the paper was ‘wrong’ (who would decide such things in a world with a multitude of opinions?) or by a press council with such powers and not infested with members (or cronies of members) of the very media it would be trying to regulate. The process would undoubtedly be slow, and the stories perhaps old hat by the time the retraction was printed, but once underway, at least people would see whether or not their favourite paper was truthful and reliable.

    It would also give a lot of public air-time to debates on topics such as this one here, as the cases would have to be proven.

    Nick

    October 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

  9. I don’t agree with your blog sometimes Peter-so close it down.

    jaded48

    October 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm


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