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Horrific stories on Mail Online

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hudjes Tue 04-Dec-12 21:23:28

i started reading Mail Online for showbiz and gossip when it first started, but now have noticed more and more often, stories they publish are now of child abuse and animal abuse. I have complained to the editors, but they do not respond. Today on MO there was a horrific story of a pedophile bringing a 15 month old baby he had abused, into hospital as she was dying. I was horrified at this, and why Mail Online would publish this, thinking we want to read stuff like this?.. I have written to 'Feedback' on MO to complain about the distressing articles they keep publishing, but they won't respond... What can I do? I suppose one option is to stop reading MO.

TwoFacedCows Wed 05-Dec-12 22:02:35

well obviously i like your 'smart arse' approach!! grin it makes a lot of sense!

GhostShip Wed 05-Dec-12 21:44:16

twofacedcows and here was me thinking I only post 'smart arse replies' hmm wink

TwoFacedCows Wed 05-Dec-12 21:43:04

GhostShip talks sense as usual!

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 21:32:46

I haven't those images anywhere else.

The most ridiculous headline I saw today was ' William wears cords to visit Kate ' fuck me sideways.

VisualiseAHorse Wed 05-Dec-12 21:30:19

If you like C'leb gossip, try something like Cosmo instead.

fromparistoberlin Wed 05-Dec-12 21:29:29

lets agree to disagree, I am no DM fan

but i suspect those images have been widely reported

and frankly nothing softens the blow, nothing


AfterEightMintyy Wed 05-Dec-12 21:25:57

Of course they sensationalised it! Who needs to see images of a dying child?

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 21:23:31

The photo's of him giving her mouth to mouth was horrific. I would say that was sensationalising it yes.

fromparistoberlin Wed 05-Dec-12 21:21:15

did they sensationalise it though


they just reported it, yes in usual style

its like we demonise them, its a nasty story and there is no way to soften the blow

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 21:10:48

The DM were wicked to show that picture of that little girl dying in that bastards arms. angry

Morloth Wed 05-Dec-12 21:09:30

There is reporting on horrific stories and then there is sensationalising them into entertainment.

The monster need to be dragged into the light. They don't need disco balls and flashes.

fromparistoberlin Wed 05-Dec-12 20:58:53

as stories go though, its pretty bloody awful

rest in peace millie

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 20:56:22

I detest the DM. For many reasons. I am going to stop looking at links because I then start reading it and wind myself up.

marcheline I hope you do the same too. Are you ok?

fromparistoberlin Wed 05-Dec-12 20:47:33

stories like this are very upsetting, but I dont think their reporting was salacious. they told of a terrible incident, thats all. its the news

this american website is pretty fucking upsetting, and i think DM get stories from here

I used to get incedibly upset by these stories, now sadly I have accepted its part of life. unfortunately

Its not that i dont care, I do. I have sadly realised this shit is actually quite common

JesusInTheCabbageVan Wed 05-Dec-12 20:35:45

Hudjes OK.

You need to stop reading the DM, because by clicking on these same stories you are contributing to the site's traffic, and thus reinforcing the message that people like reading vile, sensationalised stories about torture and abuse. The DM doesn't care whether or not you like the stories, as long as you keep reading them. By coming back, you just boost the circulation stats along with all the rubberneckers who try to make themselves feel a bit less grubby by posting 'isn't it terrible' comments under the photos.

It would be different if you were finding out about these things through the NSPCC, or Amnesty, or Oxfam, or some other organisation that actually cares about making a difference. The DM doesn't. They seek out these stories because it pays - very well - and they don't care about the indignity caused to the victims, or the grief suffered by families who've been doorstepped.

You say you want to make a difference. For the reasons I've given, stopping reading the DM will make a very small difference. If you want to make a bigger difference, read a paper that reports news in a more balanced, respectful way and work out what issues cause you most concern. There will almost certainly be a charity for whatever you choose, and even if you can only afford to give £1 a month it will be something. I support Wateraid, Stepping Stones and Amnesty. Since reading the below story (warning, upsetting), I will also be supporting Medical Aid for Palestinians. Hope that helps. smile

tak1ngchances Wed 05-Dec-12 17:52:35

Specific info on the daily fail's site traffic and formula : link

HairyGrotter Wed 05-Dec-12 16:50:12

Hence my comment about them being reported in a sensationalist way, I, like many others, completely agree that these stories should be reported in a factual manner and not to be salacious, however, that's unlikely to happen. Facts don't seem to sell papers, or stop people reading these stories.

ModernToss Wed 05-Dec-12 16:50:12

Yes, it's less about this particular story and more about all those ones which say "Warning: graphic content". They are usually about torture of people or animals.

I never click on them, and I wonder about people who do.

AfterEightMintyy Wed 05-Dec-12 16:47:23

Everyone knows they happen HairyGrotter and no-one is saying that they should not be reported. But it is the lurid graphic headlines, with accompanying video clips, that I think people are protesting about on this thread.

CheeseandPickledOnion Wed 05-Dec-12 16:46:12

What should we do then? Sweep things like that under the carpet and pretend it doesn't happen?

These stories do need to be heard imo. Yes the DM adds it's own lovely slant to them, but they need to be out there so people are aware.

If you don't like it, don't read it. But you can't stop papers publishing these stories, and absolutely you shouldn't be able to.

Go to a different site.

Ghostship makes some perfectly sensible comments here.

HairyGrotter Wed 05-Dec-12 16:38:41

I study Criminal Behaviour as part of my degree, the stories I have to read and the treatment/interviews/details etc are pretty harrowing, but to the point of suicide?!

I find I can 'switch off' from some of it, however, certain times of the month I find it harder to distance myself. I have a 4 year old DD and reading some stories that involve children her age is particularly difficult during these times of the month.

The stories are sensational, however, THEY HAPPEN. These things happen, it's horrible, harrowing and heartbreaking.

MinesaBottle Wed 05-Dec-12 16:11:42

The judge has given him life but they won't decide exactly how long that will be until the new year confused. Hopefully they will never let him out.

TwinklingWonderland Wed 05-Dec-12 15:51:09

Someone please tell me the murdering paedophile has since been locked up and key thrown away?I can't bear to google the article...

MinesaBottle Wed 05-Dec-12 15:33:01

Bellarose2011 the mum was tried but cleared of neglect. It's possible she was also abused by this 'man' as it sounds like he deliberately targeted her in order to get to her daughter. So, so sad for the little girl.

Re the Mail, I think stories like this do need to be reported but it can be done in a sensitive and serious manner and splashing them across the MO front page complete with clips from the (very disturbing) cctv is not the way to do it imo.

shalo2 Wed 05-Dec-12 09:55:45

Those pictures haunted me last night. This morning the story is top of the page...last night it was smaller and lower down. My DH goes mad that I read mail online .. So depressing. I also like the showbiz but I can't bear this current story and the pictures of a helpless Lo.

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