Posted by Merk
March 5th, 2009
I’m Merk, I’m the site owner & co-creator of Mailwatch.
Years ago myself and a fellow drunk Jon were sat in a pub having a beer, and someone had left a copy of the Daily Mail on the table. We leafed through it and managed to get ourselves annoyed at the content; so annoyed in fact we had to drink more to forget what we’d read.
At some point between lager and wine we decided we should start a website to analyse the Mail and it’s exploits, discuss its mistruths and misdirection. We’d laugh at the absurdity of its headlines. That was it, we’d start tomorrow – we never really did get going as planned.
We launched the site with good intentions but time and effort mainly meant I just posted the front pages and allowed people to comment. Jon moved to Paris and we never really wrote any of the biting stuff. Still, the site has been going for over 4 years – we have published nearly 2000 posts and 35,000 comments, as well as a lively discussion area by way of the Mailwatch forum, we have been featured in the Guardian and Independent as well a turning down an invitation to talk to Newsnight (it was a bad week).
Now things are going to change. With much help from Tim, we are to change Mailwatch for the better, we will of course still be posting front pages for you to laugh, cry and pour scorn over but we will also be looking more in-depth at the stories, lies and misdirection that may come our way – I of course say we, but what I really mean is Tim and a band of trusty editors, backed up by Dave who will be helping with any of the Technical gubbins that goes on behind the scenes.
Why am I doing this?
I set this place up because I hated how the Mail passed off opinion as fact. I think it was an article about single parent families being the sum of all evil. I read this on my way to a new well paid job after gaining a place at one of the best state schools in the land, going to College and University – non of which would have been possible without my hard working single Mother who bought us up on a council estate. I’ve not once set fire to a car or robbed an old lady of her pension.
Why change the site?
I have accepted Tim’s offer of help because it’s what this site needs, it’s what it’s always needed.
Will I still be around?
I will be still posting the front pages and hopefully the occasional blog post if time will allow but I’ll always be watching, especially you at the back….yes you.
p.s we hope to show the latest front page on the side bar with a link to it’s discussion page very soon, until then you can find the front pages via the link on the sidebar.