"Scrabbling to pump out a national newspaper with fewer staff hacks than it takes to man a yacht" is folly, according to ex-tabloid hack Richard Peppiatt, in his letter of resignation to the proprietor of the Daily Star. His screed was excerpted in the Guardian, alongside a statement from the red top paper that denied any negative stance towards Islam (despite all appearances). The plucky tabloid reporter used to be a quick-change artist in pursuit of scoops, and in his excoriating letter, he admits to making up headline grabbing incidents or quotes involving prominent celebrities. But apparently he now feels remorse:
"The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke's head caved-in down an alley in Bradford. If you can't see that words matter, you should go back to running porn magazines," he wrote to his erstwhile boss Richard Desmond.Full story here.
Hat tip to Irris Makler for this gem. But did anyone actually take the stories running in the Daily Star seriously?