to urge ALL MNers to organise a mass boycott of the Daily Mail due to their involvement in this death?

(71 Posts)
MardyBra Fri 22-Mar-13 14:13:14

This is the story I'm talking about:
www.mumsnet.com/Talk/in_the_news/1713675-Transsexual-teacher-commits-suicide?msgid=37991582#37991582

I'll hold my hand up. I've occasionally bought it in the past, usually when I want something light to read with my lunch. I'm not proud of this (to the extent of hiding it at the bottom of the recycling pile) and I vehemently disagree with the politics. However, I can't always be arsed to read a broadsheet and I've always skimmed over stories which I see as scaremongering and prejudiced.

However this story has brought it home to me how an article which may elicit a passing glance from the casual reader, could actually be causing a living hell for the subject.

Personally I think that Littlejohn and the DM are just as (if not more) culpable in the death of Lucy Meadows as the Australian DJs were in the prank call leading to the suicide of the nurse Jacinta Saldanha. In fact, the DJs' intention was merely to play a harmless joke, whereas the DM and other media were deliberately trying to destroy the reputation and career of a professional teacher based merely on their prejudices against transexuals.

Shamefully, this story is hardly being reported in the media and had it not been for the above thread on MN I would certainly not have been aware of it.

Now, I know that a lot of MNers already avoid the DM, but this is an appeal to the mainstream, less activist MNers, who are less inclined to boycott goods to join me and stop buying this paper. Now.

The boycott of The Sun by Liverpudlians after their venomous reporting of the Hillsborough disaster has had a lasting impact on sales of the paper there. Why shouldn't be harness the power of MN and wreak revenge on the DM for Lucy's death in the same way?

Bearandcub Fri 22-Mar-13 14:26:33

It's not buying it, but linking to it too provides them with revenue via advertising.

Moominsarehippos Fri 22-Mar-13 14:32:59

I fail to see how the original story was unlisted in a 'news'paper. Is hardly in the public interest is it?

Modern equivalent of nasty, vicious village gossip.

Who the hell do they think they are that they can drag a private individual into the public arena? Was she hurting anyone? 'Little billy thinks he'll wake up a girl! Wahwahwah,' then, you stupid parent, you explain to him why he won't.

I despair.

My parents buy it. I will be talking to them when they get back from holiday!

ouryve Fri 22-Mar-13 14:40:16

I've never bought it and the only articles I will click links for are the few that I know to be positive. I refuse to contribute toward their advertising revenue for anything else.

WorraLiberty Fri 22-Mar-13 14:43:26

I've never bought it and the only articles I will click links for are the few that I know to be positive. I refuse to contribute toward their advertising revenue for anything else.

But that doesn't make sense.

No matter what the reason is for you clicking the links, you'e still helping to fund the Daily Mail.

YANBU OP, that story was beyond vile and the only way they'll ever be 'sorry' if if they're hit where it hurts...in the pocket.

kim147 Fri 22-Mar-13 14:55:39

My Dad still buys it - but to be honest, it's the whole media storm that is also responsible.

Jane Fae explains how Lucy was made to feel by the media.

www.newstatesman.com/media/2013/03/press-regulation-freedom-speech-and-death-lucy-meadows

And my mum used ti work with transsexuals so hopefully she will take an interest in this.
(as opposed to the "raspberries CAUSE cancer...blueberries CURE cancer" stories she currently seems to care about)

kim147 Fri 22-Mar-13 14:59:07

"However this story has brought it home to me how an article which may elicit a passing glance from the casual reader, could actually be causing a living hell for the subject. "

YY to this - it's what I said when I first mentioned this article.

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/1642295-To-hate-the-Daily-Mail-and-all-it-stands-for

I hated the article then - and I am still crying over the tragic events that have happened.

MardyBra Fri 22-Mar-13 16:48:41

"to be honest, it's the whole media storm that is also responsible"

I agree it's not just the DM. But the DM has the biggest circulation after the Sun and I suspect it is the most read paper on MN.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 22-Mar-13 16:57:59

The NS article mentions the ignoramus parents wanting their 5 minutes of fame by whining "won't someone think of the chiiiildren?". Every school has these parents. The positive voices aren't listened to by the media.

LineRunner Fri 22-Mar-13 16:58:16

I have asked my dad to stop reading it because their scare-mongering drivel is not good for his blood pressure.

MardyBra Fri 22-Mar-13 18:01:42

Hmm. Not an overwhelming response then.

MsTakenidentity Fri 22-Mar-13 18:15:06

Imho, journalists appear to be looking after one of their own.

Good blog post on this very sad story here.

Tortington Fri 22-Mar-13 18:20:59

i hate them so much that when the newsagents were giving them away free with any purchase, i said in much disgusted tone " not in my house thank. you."

MardyBra Fri 22-Mar-13 18:35:01

According to the Guardian, there is a vigil outside the DM offices on Monday at 6.30pm.

OzmaofOz Fri 22-Mar-13 18:39:24

Yanbu, they are beyond vile.

Waitrose, umm, also give out the daily mail sometimes - I loathe it. I've been boycotting it for years - good on you tho marry bra!

Mardybra I mean.

NicholasTeakozy Fri 22-Mar-13 18:43:17

I'd not heard of Lucy Meadows until this morning when an article popped up on my Facebook timeline. I don't buy this despicable hate filled shitrag, nor do I use their website, because I find their articles are written to inflame. To treat this young woman as they did is appalling. Richard Littlecock should hang his head in shame for being the small minded petty bigot we know him to be.

everlong Fri 22-Mar-13 18:48:40

Agree mardy.

But it won't stop people reading/buying it.

I'd say that quite a few on MN are obsessed with it.

MardyBra Fri 22-Mar-13 18:49:33

I knew what you meant Thisisa grin

maxicosifanjotutto Fri 22-Mar-13 18:58:17

My dm and mil read it. I am going to have words. But they do already know my opinion on the daily fail. will be disapointed if they do keep buying it.sad

Hopeforever Fri 22-Mar-13 19:00:30

Mardy, thank you for letting me know about this, I don't read the Mail but have followed the link to the Guardian article and signed the petition it mentions

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