There are few papers on the planet worse the Britain’s Daily Mail. The celebrity gossip rag that poses as a serious newspaper depends on disgusting smear tactics and sensationalism to sell copies and drive traffic to its site. In a scathing assault on his personal blog, the legendary Stephen Fry had this to say about the paper that backed fascists in Britain and whose original owner admired Adolf Hitler:
The Mail still can’t quite live with the shame that it has always, always been historically wrong about everything – large and small – from Picasso to equal pay for women. Because it has always been against progress, the liberalising of attitudes, modern art and strangers (whether by race, gender or sexuality). Of course they’ll leap on a Stephen Lawrence bandwagon once the seeds of their decades of anti-immigration racism (read a 1960s or 1970s Daily Mail) have been sown, but deep down they have always come from the same place and had the same instinct for the lowest, most mean-spirited, hypocritical, spiteful and philistine elements of our island nation.
Most notoriously of all, they loved Adolf Hitler when he came to power, and as the Czech crisis arose they were the appeasement newspaper. And woe-betide any liberal-minded anti-fascist who warned that the man was unstable and that consistently satisfying his vanity, greed and ambition was only storing up trouble. The whole liberal left, not to mention Winston Churchill, were mocked and scorned for their instinctive distrust of Hitler. The Daily Mail knew better.
Continuing their colorful history of vulgarity, for reasons best known to themselves, the Mail decided to attack the late Ralph Miliband, father of Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, for ‘hating Britain’ because he was a Marxist. The Mail’s deputy editor Jon Steafel was invited on to BBC Newsnight to defend his paper’s decision to posthumously smear the World War II veteran, labeling him “antipathetic to the views and values of other British people” and accusing him of leaving an “evil legacy”. Unfortunately for the loathsome Steafel, Tony Blair’s former Director of Communications Alistair Campbell was also on the show and gave him the dressing down of a lifetime.
Definitely required viewing:
A note to the Daily Mail: don’t fuck with Alistair Campbell.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.