Archive for the ‘Amy Winehouse’ tag

The Financial Times does Amy Winehouse

without comments

Why are Amy Winehouse’s exploits appearing in the FT’s editorial pages?

When I blogged last week about The Sun’s fascination with Amy Winehouse going off the rails and her poor father’s desperate pleas for her wellbeing, I didn’t expect to then read a similar article in the editorial pages of the Financial Times on Saturday, and then another full page by Ed Vulliamy in the news section of Sunday’s Observer.

At first I figured the articles were platforms from which to talk about her music, or maybe about the relationship between music and drugs. But no, they were pretty much about Amy Winehouse going off the rails and her poor father’s desperate pleas for her wellbeing. The Observer even interviewed the red top and celeb mag journalists who ‘broke the story of Winehouse’s rush to rehab’.

The Financial Times had the grace to say that Winehouse is the ‘staple of tabloid gossip columns’ before telling us that ‘Her thirst for alcohol earned her the nickname “Wino”‘ – information presumably gleaned from ‘tabloid gossip columns’?

Perhaps this is part of the FT’s plan to compete with Murdoch’s more populist Wall Street Journal?

Written by Martin Moore

September 3rd, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , ,

Papers draw up party lines

without comments

Old school political partisanship is alive and well in the papers today.

Cameron’s law and order speech captures the attention of the Mail and the Telegraph. Writing in the Telegraph Philip Johnston goes so far as to compare the speech to Tony Blair’s after the murder of Jamie Bulger in 1993: “Fourteen years later it is Mr Cameron’s turn to call for moral rearmament, better discipline, effective policing and a challenge to the popularisation of casual violence”. Hoping to avoid any media distortion, Cameron gives his own write-up of himself in the Daily Mail – and must be heartily gratified by the endorsement he gets from the paper in response (‘At last! Mr Cameron is talking like a Tory’).

The Mirror avoids reporting on the speech directly by going straight for Jack Straw’s rebuttal (‘Cam£6bnSham’). While the Guardian prefers to trumpet its egalitarian credentials and expose the ‘Boardroom Bonanza’ being enjoyed by the UK’s chief executives.

Are the papers drawing up their party lines in readiness for an autumn election?

Perhaps, although if the Sun’s the first to know when an election will be called – as it has been for the last 3 elections – then we’ve got a while to wait. The UK’s biggest selling paper leads today on the frightening news that Amy Winehouse is ‘out of control’ and that her father is worried about her.

Written by Martin Moore

August 29th, 2007 at 8:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , , ,