‘Life at a tabloid’ exposure continues


by Rumbold
27th March, 2011 at 4:57 pm    

Richard Peppiatt, who resigned from the Daily Star several weeks ago, has continued his revealing of the life of a tabloid reporter. In his widely-reported resignation letter three weeks ago, Mr. Peppiatt condemned the Daily Star for a number of failings, especially its approach to Islam and the EDL:

It almost never came to this. I nearly walked out last summer when the Daily Star got all flushed about taxpayer-funded Muslim-only loos. A newsworthy tale were said toilets Muslim-only. Or taxpayer-funded. Undeterred by the nuisance of truth, we omitted a few facts, plucked a couple of quotes, and suddenly anyone would think a Rochdale shopping centre had hired Osama Bin Laden to stand by the taps, handing out paper towels.

I was personally tasked with writing a gloating follow-up declaring our postmodern victory in “blocking” the non-existent Islamic cisterns of evil. Not that my involvement in stirring up a bit of light-hearted Islamaphobia stopped there. Many a morning I’ve hit my speed dial button to Muslim rent-a-rant Anjem Choudary to see if he fancied pulling together a few lines about whipping drunks or stoning homosexuals.

Now he has discussed more incidences of what can only be described as quality tabloid journalism:

Sombrero. Check. Poncho. Check. Fake moustache. Check. Eight burritos. Check. Two bottles of tequila. Check. I was ready for work. Last month the TV presenter Richard Hammond offended the Mexican ambassador to Britain after branding his nation “lazy, feckless, flatulent and overweight” during an episode of Top Gear. An apology was demanded. With few qualified for such a delicate diplomatic task, it fell to me, a tabloid hack from Britain’s great beacon of cultural sensitivity, the Daily Star, to step in.

So it came to pass that on a Friday morning, photographer in tow, I poked a finger from beneath my poncho to ring the doorbell of Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza in Mayfair.

Mr. Peppiatt certainly deserves to be criticised for what he did whilst at the Daily Star, but it is good that he is exposing their (and other tabloids’) methods. Most people already now this is how tabloids operate, but his letter has required the Daily Star to at least try and justify itself.


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  1. Kismet Hardy — on 28th March, 2011 at 12:07 pm  

    My mate used to be a junior reporter for the daily mail (I know it’s not strictly a tabloid, but I’m not fooled) about seven years ago (who now subs at News of the World so there’s not really a happy ending to this tale) once complained to a colleague that he thought the cartoonist was being a relentless in caricaturing thieving gyppos back when travellers and pikeys was there agenda.

    Next thing he knew, he got called into the Deputy Editor’s office with two other people present and asked to voice his concern, which he then wanted written out so it could be sent to the Editor and an external complaints review board. It shat him up so much he never complained again. He never did rise in the ranks in t’mail

  2. Imran Khan — on 4th April, 2011 at 6:58 pm  

    Well questions need to be asked of the owner of the newspaper who is a major donor to another minority community which has suffered persecution and still does so.

    Why is his money being taken when his newspaper is doing this to another minority community?

    There are wider issues here including the silence of one community as a tiny minority of its own members vilifies another community.

    I bet Cameron won’t speak out on this and the ongoing fairytales being manufactured against Muslims.

    When people have a go at Muslims its called freedom of speech and when Muslims reply its called denial of western values and strangely not free speech anymore!!!

  3. Don — on 4th April, 2011 at 9:16 pm  

    When people have a go at Muslims its called freedom of speech and when Muslims reply its called denial of western values and strangely not free speech anymore!!!

    You’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

  4. douglas clark — on 4th April, 2011 at 11:09 pm  

    Imran Khan,

    When people have a go at Muslims its called freedom of speech and when Muslims reply its called denial of western values and strangely not free speech anymore!!!

    Rubbish!

    Some people, I think they see themselves as religious observants of your own faith, kill indiscriminately, just because.

    There is not a copy of a book that justifies that sort of thing. I take it you would burn ‘The Satanic Verses’ too.

    You ought to get a grip.

  5. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 5:30 pm  

    Douglas – “Rubbish!”

    No it isn’t it is true. I am making a general statement and if Muslims critique something not to the liking of those in the west then it is a threat and not free speech.

    “Some people, I think they see themselves as religious observants of your own faith, kill indiscriminately, just because.”
    Lets be clear they are deviants and killing in such circumstances is strictly prohibited. The judgement by God is as if you killed all of mankind it is that severe. Indiscriminate killing is not justified by Islam at all.

    Some people who follow my religion whirl round and round saying it makes them closer to God but it doesn’t make it part of the faith. Some say killing non-believers is permissable but it doesn’t make it part of the faith.

    Just because tabloid favourite Anjem Choudary said so it doesn’t mean he is qualified to make such a ruling. Choudary doesn’t know Arabic that well so making him qualified as a Judge is facical. What you’ll find is that most of these types lack any suitable religious grounding. Anjem teacher Omar Bakri was himself an exposed liar who lied about his religious qualifications and was throughly exposed.

    “There is not a copy of a book that justifies that sort of thing. I take it you would burn ‘The Satanic Verses’ too.”
    Thank God you didn’t go into comedy cause you’d be a pauper! I wouldn’t burn TSV, I actually read some of it, it was boring. Just because I don’t agree with it doesn’t mean I say burn it.

    Muslim History is recognised for preserving books and not burning them. You need to read your history old man!

    “You ought to get a grip.”
    I have a grip, you are just looking for another fight. Try reading what is being said before offering advice. I didn’t mention book burning but you just want to start a fight and throw in random subjects.

  6. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 5:31 pm  

    “You’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.”
    Which one do you suggest? I normally listen to LBC.

  7. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 5:36 pm  

    BTW Douglas didn’t book burning start from your ancestors in Europe?

    As I recall it wasn’t the Muslims burning books old man.

    Another fine export!

  8. douglas clark — on 5th April, 2011 at 6:08 pm  

    Imran Khan,

    I take it you mean by my ancestors Nazi Germany?

    Just so’s you know, most of my ‘ancestors’ fought against that evil regime. And I respect and memorialise their efforts.

    It seems to me that you are just a young whippersnapper without a care in the world.

    Why do you not condemn the evil shits that kill people because of a book burning in Florida?

    Is it because you would see it as a betrayal of all you hold dear? (What you hold dear is clearly shit.)

    Or, is it perhaps because you are a nut case?

  9. Don — on 5th April, 2011 at 6:37 pm  

    Imran,

    Benjamin Zephaniah reference.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_iQHhiTbq0

  10. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 6:38 pm  

    Douglas – “I take it you mean by my ancestors Nazi Germany?”

    No I don’t. You do have trouble keeping up with threads. You were talking about book burning which came to a fore in Europe in Spain when your European Ancestors burnt the books of my ancestors and those of Jews as well.

    “Just so’s you know, most of my ‘ancestors’ fought against that evil regime. And I respect and memorialise their efforts.”
    Listen my ancestors also helped fight the war against your European Bros in Germany and also paid lots of money to help Britian as did Hindus, Sikhs, Africans so stick that up your kilt.

    Qur’an Reading Muslims helped save your arse so stop shitting on their belief which was to help people like you not be indoctrinated by the excess of your continent.

    “Why do you not condemn the evil shits that kill people because of a book burning in Florida?”
    Well old man if I could speak to them I would tell them but I can’t so what do you want me to do?

    I already said I don’t agree with killing people indiscriminately – do you find it hard to read basic English?

    Do you think I am solely responsible for the actions of every Muslims in the world? Are you responsible for every action of every white person in the world?

    Clearly as you are trying to stir shit then tell me how am I supposed to stop people in Afghanistan from being whipped up?

    “Or, is it perhaps because you are a nut case?”
    I’m not but damn you are getting close to being defined as one. Suggest you put down your shit stirrer and try being nice for a change. You remind me of that old man in the Harry Enfield series, always looking for a fight.

  11. Don — on 5th April, 2011 at 6:51 pm  

    Imran,

    Wiki research gives China the credit for the first recorded large scale book burning, then the Athenians and Seleucids, then the Romans. Islamic book burning becomes notable in 1193 with the destruction of Nalanda University where the largest collection of Hindu and Buddhists texts in the world at that time burned ‘for months’.

    Everyone has been at it, ever since someone wrote ideas down someone else has wanted to burn them. The Inquisition were Johnny-come-latelies. The ‘your ancestors started it’ line is the cheapest of shots, wouldn’t you say?

  12. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 6:58 pm  

    Don – The point of this thread is that it is the tabloid reading population in the UK who have been listening to the wrong radio station. Their view of Islam is through snippets of Anjem Choudary and Daily Star style hyperbole.

    Free speech is great, but it has to work both ways. Muslims have to be able to speak freely about issues that concern them and that doesn’t happen. Case in point the mosque in Camberley, the local MP is too scared to face the mosque critics because of his own right wing credentials. Even though the Muslims have the right to build the mosque, the MoD doesn’t object so why is their free right being denied by mass hysteria and a mute MP?

    Would Gove be so mute if it was an application by another religion? Maybe he is listening to the wrong radio station.

  13. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 7:06 pm  

    Don – Well there is a slight contradiction in that Wiki says the Mughals burned the library and then says elsewhere they were not established in rule until 400 years later!!!

    Maybe a possible rewriting of history has taken place here.

    Also I am not saying that Muslims have not burnt books. I was merely replying to the Old Git gagging for a fight that book burning is just as much a part of his history as it is mine.

    Mankind has its unsavoury moments but the old git just wants to tar me with responsibility for every action of every silly Muslim because he wants a fight rather than a discussion.

  14. douglas clark — on 5th April, 2011 at 7:09 pm  

    Imran Khan @ 10,

    Listen my ancestors also helped fight the war against your European Bros in Germany and also paid lots of money to help Britian as did Hindus, Sikhs, Africans so stick that up your kilt.

    I don’t wear a kilt. I don’t have the legs for it.

    How, exactly, were Germans my European bros?

    It would be interesting if you had a clue about:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima

    That is is the most under-reported battle of WW2. It was about Indians – and lets remember this, Muslims – standing up against fascists.

    You sir, are a clueless idiot.

  15. Don — on 5th April, 2011 at 7:18 pm  

    Imran,
    edited my #11 while you posted #13.

  16. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 7:56 pm  

    Douglas – “How, exactly, were Germans my European bros?”

    You like to dish it out but not take it. If you want me to take responsibility for every silly Muslim then have the damn balls to take responsibility for your European cousins.

    “That is is the most under-reported battle of WW2. It was about Indians – and lets remember this, Muslims – standing up against fascists.”
    Its the Europeans who choose to forget the contribution of Indians, africans etc and big up the American contribution and if you had a clue about these things you’d know this.

    “You sir, are a clueless idiot.”
    This coming from someone who is missing from a village where his role was clear is something.

  17. Imran Khan — on 5th April, 2011 at 7:58 pm  

    Don – “The ‘your ancestors started it’ line is the cheapest of shots, wouldn’t you say?”
    Well sorry but he wants me to take responsibility for people I have never spoken to which is bloody stupid wouldn’t you say.

    He is always just looking for a fight!

  18. douglas clark — on 5th April, 2011 at 9:34 pm  

    Err..

    If you want me to take responsibility for every silly Muslim then have the damn balls to take responsibility for your European cousins.

    Well, I don’t expect you to do that. Frankly I am unwilling to accept any responsibility for my ‘European cousins’ as you put it.

    You however come on here as an apologist for ‘the muslims’, right or wrong.

    You are frankly unable to distinguish a good muslim from a bad one.

    I’m pretty willing to bet that you’d never even heard of Kolima Imphal until I mentioned it.

    Frankly you need to grow up.

  19. douglas clark — on 5th April, 2011 at 9:53 pm  

    Eh!

    Its the Europeans who choose to forget the contribution of Indians, africans etc and big up the American contribution and if you had a clue about these things you’d know this.

    I am the one that raised the contribution that India made to WW2. And, back then India included Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is you that is clueless.

    I know about this. You, apparently, don’t.

    Whose the fool?

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