The People quietly apologises to Andy Carroll and LFC
EVEN with the best of intentions people can make mistakes. And that includes The People, the Sunday tabloid from the same publishers as the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror. Did The People have the best intentions when they made a mistake in a story they ran about Andy Carroll?
If it was a genuine mistake, and this was pointed out, a genuine apology would at least make up for some of the damage their carelessness caused. And The People did apologise, as quietly as they possibly could. If you hunted long enough you’d find it in the printed edition. If you searched Google you’d find it in the online edition. If you were fast enough.
For reasons known only to them the apology was removed from the online version of the site before that day’s edition could even be described as yesterday’s edition. So in case you did miss it, and perhaps as a reminder to the paper itself to be more careful in future, here’s the apology in full. Deep breath:
Last weekend we ran a story entitled “Do or Diet” in which we said that Liverpool have placed Andy Carroll on a 12 month regime to monitor his lifestyle, dietary and drinking habits. This is incorrect. The Club have confirmed that Andy has not been placed under any such regime and we are happy to set the record straight. We apologise to Liverpool and Andy for the error.
That’s it. The full apology. Just an error. They’re so happy to set the record straight that they print it as small as they can get away with and delete it from their website as fast as they possibly can.
This was the same paper that went to town on the return of Kenny Dalglish by claiming Liverpool were doomed for bringing him in to replace the man they’d backed (Roy Hodgson) so it probably sticks in throats that Kenny proved them wrong. But that was opinion, something they’re entitled to as long as it’s marked up as such and something we can all laugh at if it later turns out to be way off the mark. This wasn’t opinion, this was a lie, a lie designed to do nothing but harm someone.
At a time when the press, in particular the tabloids, are under so much scrutiny it’s perhaps an indication of how safe some elements still feel they are from the consequences of printing their lies or setting out to hurt people in whatever way they think looks nice on their increasingly downmarket pages.
Their ultimate safety is in the sales figures of the papers they write for and until they wake up to the fact that lies won’t go unnoticed, that they aren’t the only voice people hear when stories are told, they’ll continue to see their sales figures fall and those jobs won’t be as safe as they thought they were.
If they haven’t even got the balls to apologise properly and prominently for a false story designed to hurt someone then they can’t exactly be surprised to find readers become former readers. Better papers, or funnier comics, are available.