Hi all, Just wanted to say I agree with most of the stuff written here.
Yes, these things can come back to bite you - after all, I was not wise enough to blog anonymously so my entire output will probably ensure I never get employed again (although I'd argue it actually demonstrates that I am a decent person who would actually take any company Equality and Diversity policy seriously etc).
However, it is difficult to constantly write objectively about the Daily Mail when it lacks any objectivity in itself. Whatever evidence is produced to demonstrate when the paper has lied etc has no impact on people who read it for an emotional fix - be it general misanthropy, bigotry or just general confirmation bias. Occasionally, when you read something like that from Sue Reid you just sink into an angry rant because she was lying about sick children - some of the most vulnerable and defenceless people around - to further the Mail's racist agenda against anyone without white skin and a plummy accent.
More than any other article - and there have been a lot over the last couple of years - that one really got to me. I'm only human and wading through the mire of the Daily Mail (in print and online) each day can really start to put you in a bad place.
I hope in the pieces written dealing with that 2009 blog post I have got this across, and that such angry ranting is actually very unrepresentative of what I usually write. Indeed, many of the post that I consider to be a real philisophical exploration of why the Mail is successful or other themese relating to the media often attract very little attention or readers and instead I find myself in danger of being classed as just another angry man with a keyboard over one post I wrote a long time ago.
Anyway, I was a Mail Watcher long before I was a blogger, so thanks to this forum for giving me the impetus to write.
With respect to the Associated Newspaper lawyers, they have not been in touch after claiming that my changes to the original post were being 'looked into'. Perhaps they have suddenly been dragged away by something more pressing... like the fact that the Daily Mail could soon find itself under investigation for buying a lot of illegal data and who knows what else.
We live in interesting times and I've been trying to plug this again today because I feel it is becoming more relevant with each passing day that the Mail tries to convince us that phone-hacking isn't a 'real' story:http://www.butireaditinthepaper.co.uk/2 ... ng-begins/