This is probably the element of Mail journalism which concerns me the most. I'm really going to get this one off my chest.
We all know that there are plenty of journos and interviewees ready churn out "how can I possibly survive Christmas when I can't afford Fortnum & Masons anymore" screeds, which of course make them look ridiculous, but obviously get the commentators going and will result in further commissions. They're big girls and they can look after themselves. However it's astonishing how many are quite happy to portray their own children in the worst possible light and throw them under the bus.
Two recent examples:
Regular Mail journo attacks her toddler daughter for being some sort of devil child Lolita. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... alous.html
Even one of the commentators here said she was a "revolting child" when she's probably just a normal toddler, struggling with two quite dysfunctional parents. It's not the first article Lucy Cavendish has written about how difficult she found the kid. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... IKELY.html
Mummy complains that she find the kid difficult and clingy. A year later she's complaining that the kid now clings to daddy. Hmmm, work that one out. That kid has to grow up, go to school and interact with kids whose parents read the newspapers and may hesitate let their kids engage with a child whose portrayal is more Damian from the Omen than Ottoline from Balham.
Middle class parents think educating sons more important than daughters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... hters.html
Hello Angela Harding! You love your son so much you sent him to Millfield school where even on a scholarship it costs you £22,000 a year. However this took up all your money so you sent your daughter Poppy to the local sink comprehensive in a rough area (hello local residents!) where the teaching is inadequate (hello Poppy's teachers!) and she was horribly bullied and you failed to do anything about it (hello bullies, here's some fresh ammunition on my least favourite and unprotected child!). WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING WOMAN?????????????
This has been going on for years. Jane Gordon was frequently featured with all her children, yapping on about how she'd popped out girl and girl in the hope of producing a boy and once she finally had her precious son how she felt 'differently' about him.
Does this tripe pay enough for the kid's therapy?