View Full Version : One in the eye for the odious pornographer

19th Mar 2008, 19:06
I'm delighted that that w&nker Richard Desmond has been obliged to print a prominent front page apology & cough up a fair chunk of change from presumably big jugs & Asian babes monthly to the Madeline fund.

High time he was seen as the scumsucking low life thug he is.:ouch:

19th Mar 2008, 19:11
For those of us not in the know, what is he apologizing for?

19th Mar 2008, 19:21
Beg Pardon. Desmond's titles, principally the Daily Express & the Daily Star published over a hundred stories concerning the disappearance in Portugal of Madeline McCan, which variously accused the parents of murder, child trafficing, lying to police and so on.

On closer examination, sources were found to be amongst others, a waiter at a Tapas bar, holiday reps and regurgitated stories from the Portugese press. Desmonds concern of course is shifting copies of his papers & as Diana fades away, the gutter press needs a new cause celebre. In all cases, the stories were unchecked, wholly inaccurate & grossly defammatory, so the parents threatened court & so clear is the extent & scale of the libel that the papers gave in.

However, the £550,000 paid is probably well worth it for the extra revenue the stories generated. Shame on us for swallowing this crap.

19th Mar 2008, 19:48
I'm pleased to see that the Express have been forced to make this payout. But make no mistake about it, they only settled out of court because to fight the case would have cost them much more, and their lawyers no doubt advised them that there were multiple cases of appallingly defamatory material which would have seen them lose the case.

The Daily Express handling of the McCann case has been appalling from start to finish. Cynical gutter press sensationalism at its very worst. Interestingly, the circulation of both the Express and the Star has been falling steadily over the past 12 months - clearly 'Maddie™' was just a last desperate, cynical and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to boost the squalid rag's circulation.

I'm not sure if they genuinely are sorry for what they have put the McCanns through, or whether this is a purely empty gesture designed to save a lot of money. I don't know what happened to Madeleine, and I don't know whether the parents had anything to do with her disappearance. Either way, their being named as suspects should not have been an excuse for the gutter press to annihilate their reputation. If the McCanns indeed had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance, then it's hard to imagine the dreadful 'double whammy' of losing a child and then being tried and convicted by the press as her murderers.

The problem with defamatory publications is that some of the mud always sticks, and that's why the law says that damages are appropriate.

In this case, the mud will stick by virtue of the fact that the Portuguese Police named them as suspects. Whatever happened to Madeleine, the McCanns did not deserve to be the subject of such appalling treatment by gutter press 'journalists' whose only interest is selling papers.

Beatriz Fontana
19th Mar 2008, 23:20
I'm sorry, this is the same family that is playing the media at every possible opportunity? Once you get engaged in that game, you have to take the rough with the smooth.

I'm glad that they felt they had the money and legal clought to take on the gutter press. Many other families whose child has gone missing don't have the same luxury.

See the comparison between Maddie and Shannon....

19th Mar 2008, 23:40
Until a computer crash wiped out lots of assorted stuff, I used to have on file the celebrated editorial in the (??) Express written by a respected journalist (??) just after Desmond took over the paper, as his parting shot before he quit.

On a banal topic like farm subsidies, he put together a piece which if you took the first letter of each sentence, it spelled 'F**k off Desmond'.

Can someone give me a link?

Ken Wells
20th Mar 2008, 00:06
Remeber the EXPRESS also produces the DAILY STAR, nuff said!!