Is the Mirror on a mission to rewrite tabloid journalism after shafting Mick Jagger’s PR? Looking from inside the industry, it’s difficult to assess the level of the public’s awareness of the trade in information and access that shapes much of the tabloid media agenda. Mirror showbiz editor Kevin O’Sullivan clearly thinks people are relatively na¿ve, because his article in Friday’s Times is entitled “The Dirty Secret of Celebrity Splashes”.
The evidence showed that war support was wobbling. So Tony Blair’s inner circle of spin went all Sergeant Jones about the business, tried not to panic, and got itself in an uncontrollable muddle. All in a tizz, they rushed to launch a smart bomb aimed at the jugular of negative public opinion, but the bomb blew off both their feet.