Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Kalams: The Sun admits its lies

While British papers fulminate in spectacular fashion over what will come to be called Huffgate - how the BBC got it wrong about the Queen walking out of a photoshoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz - another example of the media getting it all wrong has drawn much more modest interest.

Last weekend I reported that the News of the World had "apologised" to the Kalam family over its lies in the Forest Gate raid case [click here]. Now it's the turn of its sister paper The Sun to apologise, in similar terms. Three important differences are worth noting.

The Screws wrongly claimed to have "incorrectly implied" falsehoods. The Sun correctly says it "incorrectly reported": the paper was wise to learn from Arcati. The Sun also reports that the computer found at the Kalams' house - on which child porn images were found - was "secondhand". This is a euphemistic way of saying that others, who are not members of the Kalam family, probably planted these images on the pc. Let us hope Scotland Yard has nothing to lose sleep over on this matter.

Finally, the Sun assures us that the two young brothers did not spit at or insult soldiers outside their barracks. Who dreamt up this lie in the first place?

This apology appears in a page 2 coffin - the editor hopes most readers won't notice it tucked away out of harm's way. There is no mention of News International paying a sum in compensation to the Kalams - would £2m be unreasonable? Shouldn't a news organisation that nearly destroys the reputation of an entire family pay the penalty of racist deceit or incompetence?

I notice also that media commentators are not too fussed by NI's apologies to the Kalams: they'd rather focus on sexy topics like Huffgate and fly off abroad to pointless media conferences where they can hustle each other for work and favours. Useless bastards.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I notice also that media commentators are not too fussed by NI's apologies to the Kalams: they'd rather focus on sexy topics"

Totally agree. Look at how much press coverage that dodgy apology to Jon Snow got - and unlike the Kalams, Snow probably was guilty of the affair with that girl. I'm glad you're bringing the situation with the Kalams to light Madame.

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

apologies might appease certain populous clique; bottom line, if it's already been said than it can't be taken back...it's called sensationalism..and that is one thing that you won't find in Madame Arcati's articles..It you don't want to believe the truth, than that is your perogative..but downright lying...that is distasteful..and a quick cheap thrill!!

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

" it's called sensationalism..and that is one thing that you won't find in Madame Arcati's articles"

Thank you for this, Steph. One helluva laugh, makes my day.

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

..don't laugh too hard you might get caught in all those marionette strings...

Anonymous said...

I could bring up that "pot and kettle" phrase again....but I won't.

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

I would like to interject, that referring to yourself as "daughter of a bitch" is emphatically vulgar...I hope this is your denouement..
Duralex, don't be so paranoid, I was not implying that you were my "peculiar" sister..
not your post..

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

"referring to yourself as "daughter of a bitch" is emphatically vulgar."

Stay wired, sweetie: Arcati once called me "son of a bitch". As I'm actually a female, I replied "daughter of a bitch", and since then it's been my tag. It suits me perfectly: I'm a very vulgar person as a matter of fact. :-)

"I hope this is your denouement.."

It certainly won't be, and my advice is that you don't complain about it, 'cause your own survival depends upon the (now somehow artificial and waning) attention you get from Arcati's "frenemies"...

"Duralex, don't be so paranoid, I was not implying that you were my "peculiar" sister..
not your post.."

WHAT?!! I'm not Duralex, for Christ's sake!
I'm really afraid Arcati's influence is driving you nuts, y'know. :-)

Anonymous said...

"WHAT?!! I'm not Duralex, for Christ's sake!
I'm really afraid Arcati's influence is driving you nuts, y'know. :-)"

I don't think Arcati's influence is driving this individual nuts. Clearly, Stephanie Mastini has been "nuts" for a long, long time.

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

excuse me "daughter of a bitch"...I was not privy to the history of your pseudonym. But I do know Francine Mastini is desperate to place my name on Google in a negative light...Crazy is good..Thank you..Wouldn't want to be penned "Francine Mastini" normal..*yawn*

Anonymous said...

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

excuse me "daughter of a bitch"...I was not privy to the history of your pseudonym. But I do know Francine Mastini is desperate to place my name on Google in a negative light...Crazy is good..Thank you..Wouldn't want to be penned "Francine Mastini" normal..*yawn*"

This posting is about the KALAMS, you attention-seeking, mentally-challenged bitch. Sling your 'ook! I don't give a flying fuck about your barely intelligible ramblings and your family issues. Nutjob begone...

Anonymous said...

I don't think Stephanie ever has to worry about being labeled "normal."

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

Let me make this crystal clear..I have always addressed the issues that Madame has exposed...When I do, I get beaten down...(if you read the comments, from Marcella and JP, etc. You wil see that Francine and Thom have been insolent and persist),rather odd that they posted all those names when it has to do with tearig me apart.)... I do not bring my family dynamics in unless I am pushed...I will not tolerate the insolent harrassing garbage..(see the comment regarding my cancer victim) it is cruel to laugh at hardshp..So take that comment and you know where to shove it..(both of you)..jealousy is a disease...concentrate on positive Karma!!And staying away from little boys.!!

JP said...

Dear Stephanie:

If you look back at my responses, I think you’ll find that I have never called you any names; nor do I intend to start now. It’s not my style. I have always felt that once you resort to name-calling, you’ve lost the argument. I have questioned your intentions and your behavior as well as some of the statements you’ve made. I do not consider that “name-calling.” Do you? A clear head and calm demeanor will always prevail.

With so many worthy charities vying for my dollars, I tend to pick and choose quite carefully. Hypothetical situation: Let’s say you have a charity with a cause I believe in. Interested, I begin to check you out and listen to your “pitches” for donations. If I sense you have an axe to grind, and that you are using someone else’s celebrity to simply further your cause without that person’s acquiescence, I will tend to look upon you as untrustworthy and manipulative. If you cannot be trusted, how can I in good conscience give money to your cause and be assured that it will get to where it’s supposed to and that it won’t simply be used to line someone’s pockets? I’m not wealthy, you see. I want to be reasonably certain that any funds I donate to a cause are actually used for the purpose they were intended. In the scenario outlined above, in my eyes, I am UNCERTAIN of your sincerity. I will therefore forego my donation to your specific charity and channel it elsewhere. Although, of course, I can only speak for myself, I suspect that this is true of many people.

As far as Mr Spacey goes, I have met him and he is incredibly charming and wonderfully engaging. What do I care who he sleeps with? It’s not going to be me, so it’s none of my business. And I also take issue with your statement that you only bring your family dynamics in if you are pushed. We both know that this is a blatant lie. You relish it. You use every opportunity afforded you to bring up your ex-brother-in-law. Now, you are harassing your sister and her boyfriend. I wonder who will be next? I thank my lucky stars that I am not related to you.

Finally, I find it quite amusing that you now think that I am Stephanie when previously you were accusing me of being on Mr. Spacey's PR team. Make up your mind, darling.

JP

Anonymous said...

Stephanie Mastini: have you heard of Borderline Personality Disorder? Unfortunately many sexual abuse survivors - including you, clearly - suffer from it. You might want to get your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist who specializes in treating Borderlines. Good luck and keep us all posted.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie said:

see the comment regarding my cancer victim

YOUR cancer victim? Now, I've heard everything.

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

"Now, you are harassing your sister and her boyfriend. I wonder who will be next?"

If the Kalams are reading this blog, I'm pretty sure they regret not being harassed! :->>