I’m sorry, I haven’t a Cluedo….
Congratulations to the Evening Standard for winning this week’s piss-poor journalism award.
Tuesday’s Final edition screamed a front page picture of a Charlotte Maltese, who was murdered by a man she ‘met on the internet.’
The headline of the main story (pg 4) yelled just as loud about Charlotte Maltese being battered to death with a candlestick by lover Martin Inglis, 37, an IT consultant and 'martial arts expert' that she met ‘in an internet chatroom.’
Glossing over the fact that the couple had been living together for at least a couple of years, and split up and then got back together again, The Evening Standard, in its usual moral panic type way, was obsessed with the fact the couple met on the internet.
‘Don’t ever meet anyone you find on the internet,’ was the overt message from the UK’s most right wing tabloid.
Forgot wives and girlfriends that get murdered by husbands and boyfriends they meet at work, in bars, in the supermarket and at dogging sessions in suburbia. Forget the weird-beard Tories that die performing sexual acts involving bin-liners and oranges. Forget the thousands, perhaps millions, of people that live long and happy lives having met via the internet. This girl met her death as a direct result of using the internet, apparently. Don’t use the internet ever, it’s evil….
In short, it's a dreadful article. Who was responsible for it? At a guess, a buffoon, in the office, with a PC.