Tabloid Watch pointed out today that our beloved tabloid press – you know, the one that keeps screaming about how important it is that we have a free press in order to better hold people to account for their actions – in the form of the Daily Express can’t even bring themselves to apologise for an inexcusable error:
Buried at the bottom of page 30 of today’s Daily Express is the following correction:
Our article of May 14, 2011, “Drama teacher jailed for lesbian affair with pupil'” included a photograph said to be that of Caroline French, the teacher jailed for having an affair with a 13 year old girl.
The photograph was not of Ms French but of someone wholly unconnected to the case.
Is it really beyond the Express to apologise for such an error?
Meanwhile, in other news Sheena Upton – who you may know better as ‘Kerry Campbell’ the mum who received notoriety in the Sun for injecting her 8-year-old daughter with Botox – has now (according to TMZ) signed a ‘a sworn declaration’ in which she claims that:
she was recently approached by the British tabloid, The Sun , and asked “to play the role of Kerry Campbell ” for a story called ” I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox .” Upton now confesses The Sun paid her $200 adding, “I was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview.” After the story ran in The Sun, Upton says she was approached by ” Good Morning America ” and ” Inside Edition ” and claims she was offered “a large fee” to appear on camera. She went on both shows and re-told her story. After the interview, child welfare officials took Upton’s daughter away. Upton now admits in her declaration, “The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant.” Upton says professionals agree with her declaration, because on May 17, she took her daughter to the UCLA Medical Center and says, “After my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections.” We’re told the UCLA reports were forwarded to child welfare officials, who then returned Upton’s daughter to her, with the provison that a cousin would stay with her and the child for the time being.
TMZ provides an update in which they look at how ABC news are struggling to establish the truth of this ‘rapidly shifting story’ and they point out that they have ‘repeatedly questioned Upton, members of her family, and other sources who again and again stood by the Botox story’.
The truth will out – in time. But it’s not really important in many ways.
What is important here is that the claims of Sheena Upton / Kerry Campbell (that she was paid to play a character by the Sun) can be taken seriously in the first place. Surely, in a country that is supposed to have a wonderful system of self-regulation, no newspaper would ever stoop as low to pay someone in order to publicly vilify them? Surely there should not be a shred of doubt in our minds that Sheena Upton / Kerry Campbell is lying?
If there is doubt it is because we have know that our tabloid press regularly stoops to this sort of level, and, given their behaviour, we just cannot put this past them. If the Sun are telling the truth, well, it will be an exception.