Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Want to say you've been let down by Labour? Get some cash from The Sun

The Sun's political editor has been reported saying "It is my job to see that Cameron fucking well gets into Downing Street”.

Despite earlier rumours, BBC political editor Nick Robinson has suggested tonight that The Sun did not, after discussions, buy the story or any exclusive interview with Mrs Gillian Duffy after today's political storm after Gordon Brown's insult, because they did not think it was "interesting" enough.

Now Left Foot Forward reports that journalist and author John Naughton has published an email apparently from Sun reporter Jenna Sloan

Here it is:

From: [redacted]
Sent: 27 April 2010 11:15
To: [redacted]
Subject: request from Jenna Sloan, The Sun

If you have relevant information for the media professional concerned please click this link to reply:

Request deadline: Thursday 29 April, 2010, 4:00 pm

Contact me by e-mail at

My request: I’m looking for a teacher and a nurse to be case studies in The Sun next week.

This is for a political, election feature and both must be willing to say why they feel let down by the Labour Government, and why they are thinking about voting Conservative.

We’ll need to picture them, and also have a chat about their political opinions.

We can pay the case studies £100 for their time.

Please do let me know if you think you can help.

Rather more authentically, even the page three girls are warning about the dangers of a hung Parliament.

But, remember, everybody is just doing their f-ing job!


Silent Hunter said...

And so it begins!

The Labour smear campaign against Mrs Duffy kicks off.

Labour really are SCUM.

Hopefully this episode will deservedly bury them.

Sunder Katwala said...


Your inference is mistaken. If the political editor's comments and this email are as reported, then there is a serious lapse of journalistic ethics.

The only reference to Mrs Duffy is the BBC political editor's claim that The Sun has decided not to run an interview after talking to her. I have no other information. One possibility (again I don't know) would be that she was not prepared, perhaps even for a large amount of money, to say exactly what the newspaper wanted. That would be rather impressive, wouldn't it, especially after such a bizarre day at the centre of a media and political storm?