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bennett: Poor judge of public opinion?

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bennett: Poor judge of public opinion?

Post by vee8 on Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:00 am

http://latestnews.virginmedia.com/news/uk/2009/10/19/21000_complain_over_gately_article?vmsrc=pamread


19 October 2009 02:05pm Add commentsColumnist Jan Moir's article about the death of Stephen Gately has drawn the biggest number of complaints ever received by the Press Complaints Commission, it said.

The piece, published in the Daily Mail on Friday, prompted 21,000 complaints, the PCC said.

The commission said it would write to the Mail for a response even if Gately's family did not make a formal complaint.

The article was published the day before the funeral of the gay Boyzone singer, who died on the Spanish island of Majorca. It sparked a furious reaction, with widespread discussions on social networking sites, such as Twitter, which encouraged people to make a complaint. Stephen Fry was among those mobilising action.

Moir has defended herself, claiming suggestions of homophobia were "mischievous" and suggesting the backlash was a "heavily orchestrated internet campaign".

The PCC said that it was "by far the highest number of complaints ever received about a single article in the history of the Commission". The PCC said it generally requires the involvement of "directly-affected parties" in its investigations. It has already been in contact with Boyzone's representatives, who are in touch with the family.

But the PCC said if they did not wish to complain, it would "in any case write to the Daily Mail for its response to the more general complaints from the public before considering whether there are any issues under the code (of practice) to pursue". Police have also received a complaint about the article.

In the column, Moir wrote: "Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again. Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one."

And she signed off: "For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see."

Columnist Janet Street-Porter was among those joining the criticism of the tone of Moir's article. Writing in Monday's Daily Mail, she said: "What exactly was bothering Jan? The fact that Stephen was gay, the fact he was in a civil partnership or the fact that he or his partner might have enjoyed sex with someone they had just met?"



The largest EVER number of complaints to the press comission. And what side of the argument does bennett come down on? The WRONG side. Just as he did with the McCann case. And he wants people to believe the majority of the public do not believe the McCann version of what happened the night Madeleine was abducted, just as he now will try to claim the majority of the public don't believe Mr Gately died of natural causes. bennett, you are a self-serving and ignorant fool.
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Re: bennett: Poor judge of public opinion?

Post by Peaceful1 on Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:58 am

Yes he is Vee, sadly a few morons in the world all believe him, thankfully though, it is just a few Pity they are so deluded they think they are in the majority.
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Re: bennett: Poor judge of public opinion?

Post by bluj1515 on Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:44 am

I'm glad to see this. And doesn't her defense sound like Bennett's? A conspiracy of Internet supporters is picking on poor, poor Jan.

"Natural causes" has a specific meaning. If he had an enlarged heart, etc. - and a quote from his mum saying she knew as soon as she heard it had to do with his heart - then even if he was drinking or even on E or something else, that exacerbated the problem, it can still be natural causes....when someone bashed your head, it's unnatural.
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