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:
Sent: 27 April 2010 11:15
Subject: request from Jenna Sloan, The Sun
If you have relevant information for the media professional concerned please click this link to reply: email@example.com
Request deadline: Thursday 29 April, 2010, 4:00 pm
Contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!