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To not be surprised that an emotive thread on here turns out to be a journalist fishing?

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SwearyGodmother Tue 08-Mar-16 14:12:39

Reading the Daily Mail (yes, I know, it's my guilty pleasure) I stumbled upon a story about a woman who has a bulimic daughter who was treated at school without her knowledge and was transferred to their GP (boarding school but day child). This rang more than a few bells as I'm sure I read a thread about this a few weeks ago on here - one which I can't find on advanced search now, where lots of people shared very personal stories and advice.

AIBU to not be that surprised? I'd like to say it shocked me, but other than feeling that nothing on this site is as it seems at the moment, it just made me feel weary and unimpressed.

I remember the thread and can't find it either strangly enough. Its strikingly similar.

iwantavuvezela Tue 08-Mar-16 14:25:19

Mmmh I remember it as well ...... very similar!

gamerchick Tue 08-Mar-16 14:27:55

I think it happens loads. A morning telly program was like an echo of threads id read on here a bit of a while ago. It was like some sort of freaky de ja vu

OurBlanche Tue 08-Mar-16 14:28:15

It was recognised at the time. Lots of posters very robustly posted about it, linked to the newspaper piece, etc. I think it was deleted. There may also have been another TAAT that was also removed... so this one may be too.

MTPurse Tue 08-Mar-16 14:28:42

The thread was deleted after the story appeared in the DM.

vindscreenviper Tue 08-Mar-16 14:28:58

The thread was deleted on the day the article was published, it started to fill up with posters opinions of Shona's parenting, well you can imagine...

OurBlanche Tue 08-Mar-16 14:29:07

And I am watching Moving On, daytime telly, and some of the story lines are very MN... yesterday's was about a Wendy smile

OhShutUpThomas Tue 08-Mar-16 14:29:09

Yes it was deleted a few days ago

nauticant Tue 08-Mar-16 14:30:09

YABU to use the word journalist?

SandunesAndRainclouds Tue 08-Mar-16 14:30:46

I saw the thread after the article - I wondered which came first and if DM had lifted it from here.

I was unsurprised to see it was a Shona article.

'nuff said!

vindscreenviper Tue 08-Mar-16 14:32:55

Also, I'm surprised that MNHQ doesn't ban posters who do this, if I had shared with/supported somebody who was just fishing for content to pad out an article (especially that kind of article) I would feel mightly pissed off.

Thisismyfirsttime Tue 08-Mar-16 14:33:58

I came on here as soon as I saw the article because it's so similar it can't be a different story and I was so surprised that no-one had noticed!
What a terrible thing for Shona to do to her daughter though.

SwearyGodmother Tue 08-Mar-16 14:36:49

I'm surprised that MNHQ doesn't ban posters who do this, if I had shared with/supported somebody who was just fishing for content to pad out an article (especially that kind of article) I would feel mightly pissed off

Totally agree with this sentiment. It makes one wary, doesn't it, of sharing help/personal stuff with people because you don't know if they really need it or are just looking for a story. I hope nobody needing help gets lost in the scrum.

Shona is a well known Daily Mail hack who has chosen, over the years, to discuss aspects of her family life in public in a manner that makes me wince. I am disappointed she felt it necessary to test run her article on MN first. Surely she has confidence in what she writes.

CamembertQueen Tue 08-Mar-16 14:38:45

I thought this too. Can't stand that woman.

ouryve Tue 08-Mar-16 14:39:03

I'm not surprised, either

A high proportion of threads at the moment are

c)attention seeking fabrication
or d)trollz for the LOLZ

And possibly, sometimes, all 4.

NewLife4Me Tue 08-Mar-16 14:39:04

There seem to be no end to the depths of despicable that reporters stoop to.
It's part of the job description.

"You must use your children, to boost sales of the pap we produce" It's an essential, not even a desirable.

MitzyLeFrouf Tue 08-Mar-16 14:40:29

That Shona woman is an abomination. Nothing is her family's life is sacred. She'd sell her granny for a grand and her worst nightmare in terms of parenting is a placid, studious teenager who just wants to go to orchestra practice at the weekends.

And why is her 'serious' article peppered with photos of her modelling a frock?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

redshoeblueshoe Tue 08-Mar-16 14:47:45

I'm still annoyed that HQ deleted another thread by a DM hack, she tweeted that she was being trolled by nasty MNers. As the thread was deleted no one could say read it and see who was the sock-puppet who broke the guidelines by sending nasty PM's to MNers

Sorry HQ - that was a very bad decision

Aramynta Tue 08-Mar-16 14:49:34

No surprise that it was Showey Silbury. She is always doing this sort of thing, because quite frankly she has no skill in her writing and has to rely on others and their experiences.

MypocketsarelikeNarnia Tue 08-Mar-16 14:50:32

What the fuck are the photos in that article all about?! confused

shamonts Tue 08-Mar-16 14:53:50

I agree! Why delete?! Unless they have an unspoken understanding with the journos..

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