Saturday, January 26, 2019

Media Meltdown: the puddle spreads.

The Daily Telegraph issues an apology for printing absolute horse shit:

Following last Saturday's (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story "The mystery of Melania", we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump's father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family.  Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.

There's more. It seems that the original article was absolutely stuffed with bullshit, so much so that the Telegraph is paying Melania Trump money and legal costs as a settlement.

I know there's an old saying,"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." But my suspension of disbelief is a little bit stretched here. For this to be mere stupidity, all the people and all the lawyers working for the Telegraph would have to be eight year olds. Therefore, the corporate structure at the Telegraph must have considered publishing this thing "worth it" even though they knew it would cost them money.

What would make this "worth it" I leave as an exercise for the reader, because I got nothing. I can't imagine why they'd bother.

The Phantom

Update: Seen first at Small Dead Animals.


WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

Maybe their staff will have a #LearnToCode moment soon...

The Phantom said...

#LearnToCode is currently banned on Twitter. Because reasons.

I love those 4Chan nerds. Genius!

WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

Someone kept a thread going of screenshots of journalists crying vs. their original 2014 posts to workers.

It got memory holed before I had the chance to archive it.