Why I love the Daily Mail, as distilled into one story.

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Why I love the Daily Mail, as distilled into one reader comment:

What tv bigwigs fail to understand is that Countdown stood for a GB that is fast disappearing. 27 years ago, viewers were folk who still had memories of street parties and Silver Jubilees, yet to go through 2 recessions and thought that 4 channels was choice enough. The slightly guilty pleasure of an afternoon was cosy and comforting, it meant fireside, a good cup of tea and a few digestives. The need to replace original host Richard Whitely, was obvious, understood in the nation's collective psyche. But as a nation of traditionalists, woe betide the tv execs who try to mess with the format beyond that! Vorderman was the last connection viewers had with a programme that existed meritoriously as nation's brain workout, rather than a ubiquitous "big money" game show. Fans of this programme never asked for Countdown to be 'sexed up' or modernised. And while moving with the times can be seen as admirable, sometimes hanging onto the old values is the conundrum they should be working out.

- J Bee, NW England, 16/10/2009 4:16

A shame that J couldn't work in something about illegals and the prime mentalist.

James Mitchell, Friday, 16 October 2009 09:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nice job tying it in with the death of Matt Lucas' partner too - doubling up the offensiveness. That's good even by Shakey standards.

dowd, Friday, 16 October 2009 09:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Guys tomorrow I am buying the Daily Mail. I may never be able to look my lefty father in the eye again.

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 11:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I might even be bothered to complain about that Moir piece (of crap). PCC code of practise...

5. Intrusion into grief or shock
i) In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 12:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

PCC won't listen unless you're a subject or related to a subject of the story.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Call up and tell them you're Stephen Gateley.

Matt DC, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

That Gateley piece is appalling, poisonous conjecture.

chap, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's a facebook campaign to complain to all the advertisers that ran beside it, in print and online. That's a good idea.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

PCC won't listen unless you're a subject or related to a subject of the story.

Oh yeah, the dead can't sue and all that...

Mark G, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://notsowunderbar.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-there-is-nothing-natural-about-jan.html

"Some of my best friends are Jan Moir’s weird face"

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

PCC won't listen unless you're a subject or related to a subject of the story.

Yeah, I figured they would have thought of something like that. They've changed the headline of the article I notice.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I need to complain to someone.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/4913531605

I gather a repulsive nobody writing in a paper no one of any decency would be seen dead with has written something loathesome and inhumane.

Stephen Fry otm

Suggest Gandhi (onimo), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's a facebook campaign to complain to all the advertisers that ran beside it, in print and online. That's a good idea.

― stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:41 (23 minutes ago) Bookmark

Looks like all the ads have gone!

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.dailyquail.org/2009/10/jan-moir-why-theres-nothing-natural.html

^^^^ AMAZING

Matt DC, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

THey just reprinted the article, haven't they?

Mark G, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Kevin McGee, the former husband "of" Little Britain star Matt Lucas

Des Leppilen (darraghmac), Friday, 16 October 2009 14:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

This has made me think about whether I really want The Graduate or not now. I mean fuck these guys, even if they are giving away great films I haven't seen yet.

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

"The Motorcycle Diaries" instead?

Mark G, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

which is shown regularly on Film 4 ..

mark e, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

the graduate was on itv this very week

it's like a Shark-Cage but for "Your Junk" AKA Your Penis & Balls (stevie), Friday, 16 October 2009 14:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

so they are cunts about that one dudes death huh?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 14:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yep, nailed concisely there.

Mark G, Friday, 16 October 2009 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mr Fry's twitter now has a reply condemning the Daily Mail from celebrated liberal right-thinker... Chris Moyles?!
http://twitter.com/CHRISDJMOYLES/status/4916617692

ein fisch schwimmt im wasser · fisch im wasser durstig (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 16 October 2009 16:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

aka, game recognise game

Vladislav Delap (DJ Mencap), Friday, 16 October 2009 16:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jan Moir responds - makes things worse.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/16/jan-moir-stephen-gately-response

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 16:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

"In what is clearly a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones."

Undertones? No.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also I just wanted to say that civil marriages can be problematic because people in them can DIE. Of being gay.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's good to save articles like this to compare and contrast with the Daily Mail's upcoming "Evil Sick Bigots Who Celebrate the Death of Our Greatest Ever Prime Minister" piece.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to a full scale "everyone's picking on me" whine in tomorrows Mail.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fiver says it's "J'Accuse the Gay Mafia"

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

There'll be agendas and possibly even political correctness. Bonus marks if cancer and/or health and safety make appearances.

stet, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

first time i've seen this:

http://www.qwghlm.co.uk/toys/dailymail/

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT CHEATING MIDDLE BRITAIN?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS GIVING HOUSE PRICES CANCER?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

COULD THE BBC SCROUNGE OFF YOUR DAUGHTERS?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

ARE GYPSIES GIVING YOUR PENSION DIABETES?

Obscured by clowns (NickB), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

HAVE GYPSIES KILLED YOU?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 October 2009 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^ yuo can tell these are made up because they actually make some kind of sense, unlike real DM articles...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

COULD ASYLUM SEEKERS GIVE COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY DIABETES?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

COULD THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE SEX WITH DRIVERS?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

HAVE THE POLES STOLEN FROM CLIFF RICHARD?

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 16 October 2009 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

WILL RIP-OFF BRITAIN GIVE MIDDLE BRITAIN DIABETES?

So, if there's nothing homophobic about this, it's gonna be a bummer to turn up at work on Monday morning and find half of the under 30s we work with dead, innit?

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Friday, 16 October 2009 18:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

WILL CHAVS INFECT THE CHURCH WITH AIDS?

fisherspwner (braveclub), Friday, 16 October 2009 19:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

ARE GAYS TURNING YOUR MORTGAGE GAY?

if, Friday, 16 October 2009 23:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

COULD YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL RUIN HARD WORKING FAMILIES?

was my best one!

I see what this is (Local Garda), Saturday, 17 October 2009 11:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

IS THE HOUSE PRICE CRASH HAVING SEX WITH COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY?

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 11:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

I love the comments in the JavaScript that generates the headlines:

new Noun("russell brand",3,1),     // FIXME: Delete when latest moral panic is over

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha the funniest results from this are ones that end in 'swans"

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Saturday, 17 October 2009 12:12 (4 years ago) Permalink


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