Monday, July 09, 2007

Daily hate Mail - and good wishes to Paul Dacre

Two authors du jour have evacuated their literary bowels all over the poor old Daily Mail.

First there’s journalist and novelist Tim Heald who’s upset about the paper’s recent serialisation of his book Princess Margaret: A Life Unravelled. On his blog he writes: “We were able to look at the text before publication in the Mail [but] I was depressed by the reaction of those who read it. Although we got four whole pages the “extract” seemed relatively hidden and unblurbed and it seemed to perpetuate the old two-dimensional myths about the princess rather than the much more interesting and complicated truths which I felt I had at least touched on in the book. Alastair Campbell refused to let his new memoirs be sold for serialisation. I never thought I would live to see the day when I had a sneaking wish to almost agree with him.”

And talking of Alastair, here he is on his new Blair Years blog: "I don’t allow Mail newspapers in the house on account of the fact that I regard/view them as a rather unpleasant poison against anything that is good about being alive in Britain, or indeed anywhere else on the planet."

So, alas, it falls to Arcati alone to wish the Mail’s editor-in-chief Paul Dacre – listed at No 10 in the Guardian’s top 100 media movers and shakers chart today - a speedy recovery from what I understand is a very serious illness.

22 comments:

Lorenzo said...

> the Mail’s editor-in-chief Paul Dacre – listed at No 10 in the Guardian’s top 100 media movers and shakers chart today

Didn't you recently complain about incestuous relationships betwwen hacks? This is a blatant example of it.

Arcati said...

Absolutely, the national media village is a small constituency with a revolving cast of about 50 people so far the Guardian is concerned. However, today, I'm in the mood to say: Who cares?

jadedexhack said...

By the way, Campbell didn't choose not to sell his diaries. He couldn't get a decent price without the Brown stuff in. Only then, did he decide against the idea. Now, in typical, Ali fashion he's spun a lie that he CHOSE not to serialise the book. He just promoted it through numerous "sources" close to Campbell leaks.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Campbell about not having the Mail newspapers in the house. It is a despicable rag whose fascist "journalists" exist only to bring misery to others.

Lorenzo said...

I love this bit of Alastair Campbell's diary:

"It is interesting how the media in general look after their own, isn’t it? It would be much more interesting if the people in senior positions in the media were subject to the kind of scrutiny they apply to others. It would be fascinating to see how they would cope if their finances, holidays, family life, health, private lives, private conversations, their past, their internal correspondence were deemed newsworthy by their peers.

Some might cope. Many would not. But of course we’ll never know. They may be a feral beast when dealing with people in politics, business, sport, showbusiness and other walks of life. But when it comes to dealing with each other, they’re pussycats."

Maybe Madame Arcati should form an association with that man: this is a matter of public health, indeed.
But I feel I'm quite a hypocrite saying this: my own journalistic position allows me to avoid being a target. :-)

Anonymous said...

If Mr Heald is so upset, would he perhaps return their (probably large) cheque? No, didn't think so...

"The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...

imagine, the comments have diminished from all the absurd personas...I have seen the light...

The Daughter-of-a-Bitch said...

Maybe Arcati eventually understood that censoring them is the only way to make YOU shut up. Or maybe it's just that the anons need holidays. That would do you good, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Steph said:
imagine, the comments have diminished from all the absurd personas...I have seen the light...


Wow, getting stranger and stranger.
It's like watching a really bad film. It's so horrible yet you can't look away.

mailionsundayinsider said...

Apparently, Dacre is really really ill - recurrence of his heart trouble and he's off for another major op in August.
Sorry to be the bearer of such bad tidings!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Steph popping up again - I was so worried.

Don't panic Steph you are not the forgotten one.

Anonymous said...

" "The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...imagine, the comments have diminished from all the absurd personas...I have seen the light..."

What drugs are you on love?

"The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...

..I never worry darling...

"The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...

..I have never been censored in my life and I am certainly not going to start here..I would love to get you all going again..I know you are all waiting with baited breath....I am from NY little ones..note the sarcasm..

Duralex said...

How many posts does it take to reach the Mastini point – i.e. the local version of Godwin point – whatever the topic might be ? You really should do something about it, Madame, or I'll outright divorce from you ! :-)

marcella said...

Duralex said...
How many posts does it take to reach the Mastini point – i.e. the local version of Godwin point – whatever the topic might be ?

Astonishingly few - give or take three. More mystifying but equally important is the Paradoxical Corollary of Steph which states that the sooner and more often she posts, the less intelligible her statements become.

"The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...

..Thanks Thom and Fran..you two are so obvious..and quite jealous..I know the Marcella persona quite well (your monitoring is soooo transparent, ...now we will hear the outcries of "no, I am MArcella!!! no, I am Lorenzo!!///cut it out..you are boring me to death..Duralex, love ya!!

"The Forgotten Ones Fund"/stephanie mastini said...

I just got another whiff of the Tacoma aroma..how transparent!..I love you too Duralex!!

Duralex said...

<< Duralex, love ya!! I love you too Duralex!! >>

Bis repetita placent.

At least I'm glad my english is not so good that you could actually mistake me for your sister... unless she's a vegetarian, pumps iron and is weird enough to quote latin. :-)

marcella said...

A few weeks you were quite certain Sarah Williams and I are the same "persona" and before that you were quite certain my alleged use of a tired cliché was certain proof I am your sister. I love to disappoint you so I will be the one to break the news: the earth has billions of inhabitants but only a very few are cursed to be related to you. Try as you might, counting me among the wretched will not make it so.

Please continue to insinuate that Madame’s only readership stems from your unbranched tree… she might take it personally and find a new pet.

The Daughter-of-a-Bitch said...

"she might take it personally and find a new pet."

... I'd say: a new puppet. :-)

Sarah Williams said...

What has this to do with the original post?
Oh yeah nothing - please Ms Mastini concentrate on your "fund" and less on your self.

Still not your sister. And I have my doubts your sister would perpetuate this nonsense.I'm sure she has learned what we should - to ignore you.
And that would really get to you wouldn't it?