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The Mirror lies about Michael Jackson. Can a LAUGH at them do what a complaint can’t?

July 12, 2013

At first I didn’t want to speak about your press. By now I have formed a certain opinion about it but was keeping it to myself thinking that any judgment on my part would be unethical as the media in my place isn’t much better. However now that so much dirt is being poured on Michael Jackson and everyone is gazing in astonishment at this outrage and no one is able to do anything about it, it is impossible to keep silent.

A shot from the Starsuckers documentary: "I love it for my own interest" (a reporter for the People)

A shot from the Starsuckers documentary: “I love  stuff like this just for my own interest”  says a reporter for the People.

The fraudulent publications about Michael appear as a matter of routine every Sunday and drag his name through the mud in the most shameful and blatant manner possible.

First it was Wade Robson’s sudden recovery from amnesia (his lies were the real reason that brought Paris Jackson to a suicide attempt as she couldn’t understand how he could do it to her father),  then came an astronomical number of “victims” no one has ever heard of, then they mentioned some fictitious millions allegedly used to silence those non-existent victims, and their latest lie is that all this crap is based on some “fbi files” which all of us have been searching ever since but could not find as it is impossible to find what is simply not there. 

The Mirror latest crap

The latest crap from the Mirror

All the parties concerned except the most naive know that this is a deliberate slander campaign to distract us from the AEG trial and degrade the man who was innocent inside out, but no one can do anything about it – it is freedom of speech you know, so while the dog is barking the media caravan is going on, stamping out the truth and spitting on anyone who says that it is improper and indecent thing to do.

I hear that Taj Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew has recently complained to the British Press Complaints Commission about the terrible lies told about his uncle in the UK press.

It is worth trying of course, though the information I’ve learned about this PCC thing doesn’t sound too encouraging. First of all I’ve been to their site and their page on “How to make a complaint” openly says that they don’t deal in matters of “taste and decency”.

Sunday Mirror "The minimum we are going to pay is ..."

The Sunday Mirror “The minimum we are going to pay is about three …”

Evidently these days no one remembers what decency is as it is even listed by PCC as something arbitrary – in the category of “taste”, so let me remind them that the most indecent thing for the press is to tell LIES and once they cope with this problem all the rest of it will be relatively easy to decide.

Let me also remind them that the stories of certain LeMarques about Jackson, Macaulay Culkin and other youngsters rehashed now by the UK press are proven lies and this was determined already at the 2005 trial, so printing these lies now as some newly found “fbi files” is the biggest indecency ever possible.

Press Complaints CommissionHowever though this Michael Jackson matter is exceptionally easy to decide I wouldn’t be so hopeful of the fair decision on the part of the Press Complaints Commission, and the reason for it are the revelations about PCC made by tabloid journalists themselves.

According to a smashing documentary called “The Starsuckers” made by some honest journalists in the UK, PCC is a sheer fraud for the simple minds. Or a sham and a joke as the author of the documentary put it.

The maker of the film Chris Atkins says:

  • ‘We are led to believe that editors are awake at night terrified of the PCC”, and that “the embarrassment, the shame of the PCC complaint is something they will take to their grave. This is how it is presented to us and Parliament.”
Chris Atkins, the maker of the documentary: "It's a sham. It's a joke"

Chris Atkins, the maker of the documentary: “Self-regulation of the press does not work.  It’s a sham. It’s a joke”

But then he says what the tabloid people frankly told him about this PCC:  

  • “The reaction of the journalist of the Sunday People was the exact opposite. So self-regulation of the press does not work. It never worked. It’s a sham. It’s a joke.”

The reporter the author of the documentary is referring to is a lovely girl working for the People tabloid who frankly talked to the author about the way they brush aside PCC. And judging by what the rest of the tabloids do it is their common opinion about this organization.

The episode where she talks about the PCC is actually the funniest in those parts of the documentary which are available on YouTube now.

It all started with the author feeding three tabloids some totally fictitious stories about certain celebrities and their cosmetic procedures. Though such intrusion into private life is not allowed by PCC and their Code of Practice, the three tabloids out of four didn’t hesitate to break these regulations as they can’t care less about what the commission thinks, says or does about their activities.

"Ten Grand"

“You could be looking at up to ten grand”

The author of the documentary was even offered a reward for his revelations – up to 10 grand from the Sunday People, for example – but no money was taken as a matter of principle.

The tabloids had to pay their price though as the author of the documentary video recorded their discussions. When watching them now you realize that there is no better way to deal with tabloids than record them and then show to the general public what they themselves say about their “news” and especially about the formidable Press Complaints Commission they are supposed to be so afraid of.

Chris Atkins says: “I wanted them to talk, and oh boy, they did talk!”

Here is one of their videos from Youtube:

I will limit myself to only one episode from this video.

Getting PCC is not great, but…

Getting PCC is not great, but…

Now this reporter is surely no longer working for the paper, but she can comfort herself by the fame she is enjoying through all these revelations and the publicity she is getting this way.

The girl is truly a star reporter.

This is what she says about the Press Complaints Commission:

Getting PCC is not great, but…

A lot of papers just brush it aside.

A lot of papers just brush it aside.

A lot of papers just brush it aside.

All it is just a little apology somewhere in the paper.

You get a slap on the wrist.

All it is just a little apology somewhere in the paper

All it is just a little apology somewhere in the paper

You get reported by PCC…

But there is no money!

You get a slap on the wrist

You get a slap on the wrist

Yeah, it’s a really odd situation…

You get reported by PCC…

You get reported by PCC…

And the PCC is run by the newspapers editors…

But there is no money!

But there is no money!

Yeah, it’s like a self-regulating thing…

And the PCC is run by the newspapers editors…

And the PCC is run by the newspapers editors…

It’s really odd, but…

Yeah, it’s like a self-regulating thing…

Yeah, it’s like a self-regulating thing…

The wide smile on her face and a good laugh over that odd PCC thing at the end of the story is probably the most precious part in all her revelations.

So the way the tabloid girl explains it to us, the Press Complaint Commission is run by editors of the very newspapers whose publications we are complaining about.

In other words, when the Sunday Mirror and Daily Mail lie like crazy about Michael Jackson, we need to complain about their lies to the editors of these very papers and their colleagues, with whom they are most probably great pals after all that sitting together in one commission.

Even if PCC agrees that the so-called “fbi files” are the totally fictitious horror stories made by some crooks, the only punishment the paper will get will be a slap on their wrist.

And all that will be required of them after that will be a tiny apology saying that there were some “inaccuracies” in the several months of slander and dirt against Michael Jackson.

If readers notice this apology “somewhere in the paper” it will leave them forever guessing what was a lie and what was the truth in the pile of crap they have already consumed.

But in most cases no one will notice anything at all – same as no one noticed a tiny announcement in the USA Today saying that there was no match between Jordan Chandler’s description and Michael’s private parts which modestly appeared the next day after all of them went into a frenzy with their front page stories over the news of the settlement.

The most important thing we’ve learned from our star reporter is that there is no money to lose for the tabloids even if the most outrageous lies are told, and that money is all these people care for.

Matters like decency have long ceased to bother these guys, so once the wrists are slapped the lying machine will cynically start anew and all this will be done in the name of the freedom of press of course.

British humor, you know.

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In the supplement you will find a little more information about the Mirror Trinity Group which includes the Mirror, People and the rest of the 107 papers run by this big media group in the UK as well as some ideas from the authors of the Starsuckers documentary on how to deal with these monsters.

  • The Sunday Mirror is the Sunday sister paper of the Daily Mirror. Their weekly circulation is around 1,846,000. The Mirror papers are part of the Trinity Mirror group which also includes The People (who we are familiar with through that talkative reporter). The circulation of the People newspaper is roughly 700,000.
  • The Trinity Mirror group prides itself on the quality of their news: “Whether via page or screen, our audiences get the trusted, reliable news service they have come to expect.”
  • They also say that they  have “an award winning portfolio of newspapers, websites and digital products” and are “one of the UK’s largest multimedia companies employing over 5000 people across more than 60 locations around the country.” They are indeed a big media group which includes the following national and local newspapers:


  • The Daily Mirror / The Sunday Mirror
  • Daily Record / Sunday Mail
  • The People

Trinity MirrorLocal, regional, Scottish:

  • Accrington Observer
  • Anfield & Walton Star
  • Barking & Dagenham Yellow Advertiser
  • Bexley Mercury
  • Birmingham Post / Birmingham Mail / Sunday Mercury
  • Bootle Times
  • Bracknell Standard
  • Brent & Wembley Leader
  • Buckinghamshire Examiner / Buckinghamshire Advertiser
  • Chester Chronicle

and all the rest of the 107 papers listed on Wiki:

You will probably be interested to see the people who bring all this splendid news to millions of people in the UK. Here are the members of the Trinity Mirror board:

Trinity Mirror board members

Trinity Mirror board members

Trinity Mirror board members (continued)

Trinity Mirror board members

Incidentally, when I was also looking at the members of the Press Complaints Commission I found that one of its seventeen members is a certain Tina Weaver, who worked as as Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror in  1997–2001 and then was Editor of the Sunday Mirror in 2001–2012. Her successor in the Sunday Mirror now is Lloyd Embley.

So PCC always had the editor of these Mirror tabloids on its board…. In March 2013 Tina Weawer had to step down from the PCC. What happened I don’ t know but the official PCC text mysteriously states that she will not consider the complaints from the publci “while the inquiries continue”. So someone is inquiring into the activities of this lady? Interesting…

And here is what the Starsuckers’ authors have to say about the tabloids, the way they obtain their information and the true value of their so-called news. The authors actually suggest going on to fool the tabloids and it is only the need to lie about celebrities which makes me doubt their method –  but otherwise the tabloids operational process described by the authors makes a hilarious read.

If we know more about how they do it, their stories will automatically become worthless, and a good laugh at their ways will probably be the best outcome as no one will take them seriously any longer. Everyone will take them for what they really are – a place where each can sell the product of their own invention and where people are competing with each other for money in their humor, imagination or nastiness.

Here is the story from those who really know –

We spent several weeks cooking up and then selling fake celebrity stories to the British Tabloids, and we were shocked at how terrifyingly easy it was. We were offered some decent sums for this, but we couldn’t take any money it would compromise our ethics… but there is nothing to stop YOU from getting rich out of this. This simple guide will have you fleecing money out of the British Tabloids in no time.


The society of professional journalists has a few things to say on the subject of journalistic ethics:

  • The duty of the journalist is to … seek truth and provide a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.
  • Conscientious journalists strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.

Journalists should:

  1. Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
  2. Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
  3. Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.

Sadly these ethics seem as archaic as a guide to sending a telegram. The rampant commercialisation of the newspaper industry has meant that tabloid newspapers will pretty much print anything as long as it sells papers and gets clicks on their website. And as celebrity stories make the most money, these are the ones that are most likely to be drivel.

How Tabloids Print Lies.

  1. Dodgy leads. All tabloid newspapers pay money to sources once the stories get published. In the world of celebrity gossip this is guaranteed to encourage people to cook up stories to make a few quid. If you saw the drummer from McFly getting out of a cab and walking into a restaurant, and called The Sun newsdesk this is hardly going to hit the front page. If, on the other hand, you told them that he was wearing a pink Tutu and singing “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain”, they would pay for you to dine at the Ritz.
  2. Bad checks. Journalists know (or should know) that paid sources are prone to gild the lilly with their stories to push up the price. The celebrity world is riddled with flakes, bullshitters, alcoholics, layabouts, coke heads, speed freaks, acid baskets and – worst of all – PR’s. The basic fee for a celebrity tip in a nightclub is £50, which is co-incidentally the going rate for a gram of cocaine. Celebrity journalists know this more than anyone, so they are supposed to check the veracity of their sources before they print anything. So if you had tried to flog a paper your McFly drummer story, it would be extremely simple for the newspaper to check it out by calling up McFly’s PR’s: “Hello, this is The Sun newsdesk. We’re looking at a story about your client skipping out of a black cab in a pink tutu singing show tunes… what? He’s in Paris? Oh, right, sorry to disturb.” Simple. But in reality this often doesn’t happen as the journalists are too overworked to perform this basic check, or they couldn’t care less.
  3. Exaggeration. The journalist has the story, but there’s another celebrity tutu story running that day. So the journalist adds their own spice and the headline becomes “Drummer from McFly gets out of taxi naked singing Nazi showtunes”.
  4. Churnalism. A phrase coined by Nick Davis (author of Flat Earth News) that neatly sums up how most modern journalism now works. Once our McFly story goes onto the wesbite of that particular Tabloid, it is instantly read online by journalists working for all the other tabloids, broadsheets, newswires, gossip magazines, blogs and BBC News. All of which are massively under resourced and over worked and are working to insane deadlines, so they all immediately grab the story, add their own little bit of spice, and run it as though they broke the story themselves. The result is that the lie gets mutated and amplified all over the world in minutes.

How to sell a fake story

Ingenuity and improvisation are the keys to succeeding at this and we would very much appreciate any feedback from both successful and unsuccessful attempts, so we can update these tips. But the very basic rules are:

  1. Be funny. Humour is a far more valued commodity to a tabloid journalist than the truth, so the more they laugh the less they check.
  2. Don’t be nasty. The more unpleasant the story, the more likely the celeb is to get angry and reach for their lawyer. This is not about libelling celebrities, but about showing how celebrity journalists will print anything. If it’s funny and silly no one is going to bother suing, and the newspaper is more likely to run it.
  3. Have a name. This is very important to the journalists as a way of standing up a story (Clint Eastwood’s character in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly would have had real problems here) so make up a fake name. Silly names are also good – please let us know which ones you get away with (Neve O’Loony was our best fake source yet, just so you know the standard you have to aim for)
  4. Have a phone number. This is extremely important to tabloid hacks, as no-one ever lied who had an operational telephone. Buy a pay as you go sim card for a fiver – you will easily cover the cost with your first story.

Follow these 4 rules and you should have your fake stories running round the world in no time. Additional tips:

Start with a kernel of truth. Do a small amount of research about which celebrity you are intending to make something up about. We found that certain paparazzi websites are updated almost real-time, ( is great for this) so you can get a good handle on which celebrities have been where the night before. The tabloids own gossip pages are also useful for inspiration, and if it’s based on a happening that’s been printed in their own pages then – by some wonderful circular logic – they will naturally believe it to be true. If you create your own story based on real celebrity comings and goings, it is much more likely to stand up. Remember the tabloid journalists you are trying to convince are just sitting in an office looking at the same internet sites as you to back your story up.

Most tabloid celebrity stories are about celebs either doing or saying things. So you can go for a simple “Sarah Harding was drunk coming out of club” or “Lilly Allen said that her new album is great” but these aren’t going to get much traction as these banal titbits fly around all the time. To get something prominent you need to give it an unusual twist. So once you’ve found out that two well known celebs were in a west end club, you need to invent your own details. Maybe they had a tug of war? Maybe someone dazzled there fellow diners with a display of knee slapping, which was only topped by a page 3 model showing off her skill at playing the spoons?

Also avoid anything too fantastical – “Peaches Geldof was seen levitating over the Thames” is unlikely to be picked up by even the most gullible tabloid hack with the possible exception of the Sunday Sport. Then again we have seen some pretty insane stories appearing in recent years, so it’s worth trying something physically impossible every now and then to see if you can get away with it.

Who are you? How did you come across this story? Tabloid journalists prefer eyewitness sources, but they will also accept “my mate told me that” sources as well. Quite often people call up who happened to see something or randomly overhead a quote. Maybe you were on your sisters birthday in Café de Paris when David Walliams farted “God Save the Queen”. Maybe you’re a cab driver and you overheard Jamie Winstone saying he used to be a member of the boyscouts and still goes on camping trips in his shorts and his woggle. Make it potentially believable but keep the details vague, so they don’t have much to pull you up on.

Timing is key. Tabloids have a print cut off between 4-6 pm, so it’s good to wait until the afternoon to call in. This is because they will be sitting there with empty pages to fill and under intense pressure to produce something hot. Also if you call in an hour before they go to press it gives them no time to check your story out.

Who to call? We would always call the same story around several papers, which increases your chances of getting it run.

The Mirror 0800 289 441. Desperate for tips, and probably the easiest paper to get nonsense stories printed. That’s what 10 years of having Piers Morgan as editor will do to a newspaper. Our researcher did so well selling them nonsense that they actually asked her to come in and work for them. Be warned – once we called up to check what the payment would have been for a story that they had run, but they said that they wouldn’t pay anything.
The Daily Star 0208 612 7373. Also pays well for stories. We had several successes here. Also prone to add their own fantastic details which is always good for a laugh.
The Sun – 020 7782 4100. Pretty gullible, but has peculiar print cut off at 10.30 am for showbiz stories. Also pays very well, we would have got £600 for our lead story in the Bizarre column of Sarah Harding being a fan of Quantum Physics.
The Express – 0207 098 2982. Chronically understaffed so lots of opportunity to feed them nonsense. Though in fairness the Sunday Express was the only paper to turn down the medical records sting, so hats off to them.

The Call. It’s worth rehearsing a few times with a friend and practise thinking on your feet. The best liars do so by first convincing themselves (think Tony Blair and Iraq), so try and imagine yourself actually in the club or bar, and get as many details in your head as you can. When you call stay in character and try not to laugh. It’s no good if you start the call as a Geordie and end it as a Scot (though this did happen to us and they still ran the story). They are likely to ask you:
-How you got to see what you saw
-A few details about you
-How much the celebrity had had to drink
-What they were wearing
If they ask anything that you think might rumble you it’s best not to guess. Say you can’t remember, that you were drunk, or that you need to check with your mate and then call them back. Don’t worry too much about sounding unreliable… they print stories from unreliable sources every day of the year.

The money. Prices range form £50 for a couple of lines at the bottom of the page, to £600 for a lead story in the Bizarre column in The Sun. They only pay out for a story when it’s printed, and make sure you get the price agreed in the phone call, and hold them to it (some papers are notorious for reneging on deals, so make sure it’s properly agreed)

To get paid just give them your real bank account details and your fake name and the payment will go through – people have told us this works. They can’t do anything with these details against you and they’ll never find out it was a hoax anyway.

If at first you don’t succeed… keep on trying! Sometimes our calls led nowhere, other times we had several stories running at once. It’s impossible to predict what journalist is going to fall for which story, so it’s best to play the numbers and do lots of stories to lots of papers over time. Have different characters and accents and keep on calling, and remember to let us know of your successes!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2013 8:59 pm

    Excellent article Helena. Thanks so much for all the research that you have put into it. The press should actually hold secret thanks giving meetings in memory of MJ for generating revenue for them even after being dead!


  2. July 12, 2013 9:13 pm

    Actually I think that the Estate could sue for the use of his name in the story. Haven’t these papers ever read that will that they bought? It is his name and his likeness which they are selling papers with and if they do that then they owe the Estate royalties. Might be a long shot but one well worth a try.


  3. July 13, 2013 12:54 am

    Helena said:

    “At first I didn’t want to speak about your press. By now I have formed a certain opinion about it but was keeping it to myself thinking that any judgment on my part would be unethical as the media in my place isn’t much better.”

    I am glad you changed your mind. Your Media, my Media it is all the same now. They have become a major advertisement agency for the people who have the most power and sponsor their networks. We are not citizens to be informed, we serve a dual purpose, copy for their stories and then consumers. Many are not Journalists they are actors reading a prepared script. They read the script with conviction or find another job.


  4. Sina permalink
    July 13, 2013 3:38 am

    Helena thank you for your excellent research on the cancer that the media has become.
    I am not really surprised that this is what goes on behind the scenes of the PCC.
    The online tabloids however are not limited to one country. They have global editions and readers who they serve in the local languages so their lies spread like wild fire all over the world. They are usually controlled by certain elites like Berlusconi in Italy and Murdoch in English speaking countries. In non western countries it is the same and there is less control on the truth . That is why in Asia, the Middle east and latin America, the tabloids are even worse.( re VG).

    Murdoch is a sewer rat who also owns many tabloids TV channels and other media. He and his empire are under investigation of the Leveson inquiry for their unethical MO. Right now for the practice of illegal payments to public officials which he talks about on tape. That is how they control not only the media but our whole system.
    Here is a website about the Leveson inquiry on the ethics and culture of the press in the UK

    Freedom of press has become such a joke .It would be laughable if it was not so malicious a factor that helped Michael Jackson to an early grave and maybe triggered Paris’ breakdown.
    But lets not forget social media where people can freely make up lies about other people that will spread even faster than through the mainstream media. They can PERSONALLY and directly harass other human beings on their own territory. I think the damage of social media harrassment is very much underestimated and I would not be surprised if many of the social media bullies operate at the behest of the tabloid media.


  5. July 13, 2013 5:54 am

    MJ Estate filed a complaint against the Daily Mirror and Sunday People. It was also confirmed by Charles Thomson.

    UK Press Complaints Commission states MJ Estate filed a complaint against Daily Mirror and Sunday People tabloid stories. The email is below:

    Thank you for your email.

    The Commission has today been contacted by a representative of the Estate of Michael Jackson. The Estate has informed us that it wishes to make a complaint through the PCC in relation to the coverage in the Daily Mirror and Sunday People which forms the subject of your complaint.

    As I am sure you can appreciate, in circumstances where articles have made specific allegation against a named individual, it is more appropriate for the Commission to consider a complaint from that individual or their representatives.

    As such, we will be taking this complaint forward with the Estate of Michael Jackson. We will endeavour to let you know the outcome of the PCC’s investigation into the matter, subject to the requirements of confidentiality.

    Whilst the Estate has not as yet made a complaint in relation to the coverage in the Daily Mail, we will be putting that complaint on hold pending the outcome of our investigation with them of the coverage published by the Daily Mirror and Sunday people, as this raises substantively the same concerns. Should it become appropriate for us to revert to you on this complaint at a later stage we will do so.

    Thank you for raising these concerns with us.

    Best wishes


    Ben Gallop
    Complaints Officer

    Press Complaints Commission
    Halton House
    20/23 Holborn
    London EC1N 2JD

    Tel: 020 7831 0022

    Source: MJJCommunity, July 12, 2013


  6. newrodrigo permalink
    July 13, 2013 5:55 am

    I’ve said before, I know how they [Media] work.

    They wanted to pay my cousin to lie about her ex football boyfriend and offered her business deals.
    And she said if you broke the contract, you would be screwed by everyone and everything. It’s too big a risk to go up against them.

    They’ll twist and bury things. It’s incredible.


  7. July 13, 2013 1:26 pm

    Starsucker was made in 2009 before the phone hacking scandal. There are related trials (of Rebekah Brooks and others) coming up in September so I hope the tabs are now paying more attn to the PCC.


  8. July 13, 2013 2:05 pm

    “MJ Estate filed a complaint against the Daily Mirror and Sunday People. It was also confirmed by Charles Thomson.” -Susannerb

    Good news. But again I am absolutely not sure of this Press Complaints Commission. In the same forum I found a letter to PCC sent to a person who already complained to them in 2012 about another article in the Daily Record (also belonging to the Mirror Trinity group). This is the hypocritical reply this person got:

    “Commission’s decision in the case of
    [deleted surname] v Daily Record

    The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. The newspaper had published an article commenting on a number of celebrities who had been involved in sex scandals, including Michael Jackson and Jimmy Savile. When repeating the allegations and evidence against Michael Jackson, the complainant considered that there had been several inaccuracies and, that the journalist had failed to distinguish between conjecture and fact on a number of occasions. The specific inaccuracies the complaint identified were: it had been inaccurate to say that Jordy Chandler had given a detailed description of Jackson’s genital area, including distinctive splotches; it was inaccurate to have stated that Jackson let children sleep in his bed, without clarifying that Jackson said he slept on the floor on these occasions; the complainant said it was inaccurate to have stated that children do not make up allegations of this nature and the journalist had stated that most experts believe Michael Jackson was an active child molester without sufficient evidence to support this statement.

    Under Clause 1 (Accuracy) “the press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information” and “the press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment conjecture and fact”.The Commission made clear that columnists are entitled to express their personal views and comments – however robust or controversial they might be – provided that they are clearly distinguished from fact. It was for the Commission to establish whether readers would be misled by the article.

    The Commission first noted that the article had been an opinion piece, written in the first person. As such, readers would have understood that the contents of the article were likely to represent the journalist’s personal interpretation of events, rather than being statements of fact.

    The complainant had said that it had been inaccurate to state that Jordy Chandler had given a detailed description of Jackson’s genital area, including distinctive “splotches”. The complainant said that there was not evidence to support this claim and assumed that the journalist had not seen the description or the drawing. The Commission took the view that the statement had not been inaccurate. Mr Chandler had provided a description, and although the journalist had not commented on the accuracy of the description, it was clearly his opinion that this evidence should have been taken into account. The Commission did not consider the statement to have been significantly misleading or inaccurate. It did not establish a breach of the Code.

    The Commission next addressed the complainant’s point that it had been misleading to have stated that Jackson let children sleep in his bed, without clarifying that Jackson said he slept on the floor on these occasions. The Commission took the view that the journalist had been entitled to express concerns about Michael Jackson having children to stay in his room, regardless of where Mr Jackson slept. The article had not stated that Mr Jackson shared a bed with the children. The Commission did not establish a breach of the Code.

    The complainant was concerned about the statement “or you can, like me and most experts, believe that kids just don’t make this stuff up and that Jackson was an active child molester”. The complainant said that children do sometimes make up such allegations. The Commission was satisfied that readers would have understood that the statement had represented the personal opinion of the journalist. The journalist had clearly stated that this was a belief that he held.

    The complainant also considered that the journalist had said that most experts agreed that Jackson was a molester, without polling the opinions of a significant number of experts. The Commission took the view that readers would have understood this had represented the journalist’s personal understanding of where the majority of expert opinion lay on this matter. It was satisfied that readers would not have been misled into believing that this had been a statement of fact. It did not establish a breach of the Code.

    Their equilibristics over Jordan Chandler’s statement amazed me most – doesn’t the Commission know of the Reuter report that Jordan’s description did not match the photos? And why is it still okay to express an “opinion” about what he said if his words were wrong, there was no match and a crucial mistake about circumcision was made? Any “opinion” in these circumstances turns into a lie, but even this blatant lie is not noticed by the PCC?


  9. July 13, 2013 2:47 pm

    I agree that a complaint with the PCC will probably have no serious consequences. We know that Bashir also was reported to them and nothing happened to him. He even told the court himself in his testimony that the PCC has no legal function and so he couldn’t be hold to account. So it’s really a farce.
    But still every means should be used to try to protest.


  10. Jan permalink
    July 13, 2013 3:50 pm

    I complained to the PCC back in 2009 and had a reply that it is up to the family to complain before they bother to do anything, it was pointed out to PCC that it would be a full time job for them if they complained about every article and how would they see the UK articles anyway.
    Have a look at the leveson enquiry into the press? It has been recognised that PCC are useless but isn’t it strange that michael jackson got no mention at all during this enquiry. Typical !!


  11. Jan permalink
    July 13, 2013 3:51 pm

    Has anyone seen this:


  12. Sina permalink
    July 13, 2013 5:04 pm

    Many quality newspapers have an independent ombudsman who looks into readers complaints but I guess tabloids do not have that.
    They( also quality media) like to play the opinion card but their intention is to make the public believe that the writer has enough knowledge of the subject to have a wellfounded opinion . This whole response is an example of how they twist words and play with semantics to justify the mockery. But they actually admit that their opinion should not be taken as factual.

    “or you can, like me and most experts, believe that kids just don’t make this stuff up and that Jackson was an active child molester”.

    This can only be understood one way, and that is that not only the author believes it but also most experts do . By referring to experts he makes it sound credible while he has not even began to check what experts, let alone MOST experts believe. This imo is misleading no matter what they make of it.
    Its frustrating but the best is to keep complaining and keep countering it in the media so the other side of their opinion can be heard. We should keep posting their response, and educate the public how the media operate and to be critical of what they read .


  13. July 13, 2013 8:51 pm


    “Its frustrating but the best is to keep complaining and keep countering it in the media so the other side of their opinion can be heard. We should keep posting their response, and educate the public how the media operate and to be critical of what they read”

    I agree whatever responses are sent should be added to documentation to show efforts were made and what the results were, if any.

    In 2009 or 2010 Mrs. Jackson filed a complaint with the PCC nothing happened.

    This is going to continue, the greedy, the opportunists and the malevolent with only one goal in mind control & winning will continue to do this until real action is taken. File criminal charges against them, stop playing politics with the Media and sue the hell out of just one of them. People may help you pay the tab, but will not go to jail for you.

    Since the men who control Michael’s Estate has insured his family has no say so in anything concerning Michael. Insured the Media, Courts and even some MJ Fans??? disregard them, it is up to the Estate Managers and Attorneys to stop playing with the people who are profiting from this. It is time to care about the sanity of Michael’s children in the days and years to come. Use the influence and revenue of the Michael Jackson Estate to find and bring forth the evidence of criminal activity, send their asses to jail and save Michael’s real legacy, his children.


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