Bizarre online this morning is leading with a long-lens shot of Madonna with the new child she's trying to buy. I suppose if Malawi is prepared to ignore the rules on overseas adoptions, there's no reason to expect the Sun to respect the rules on invasions of children's privacy.
The paper does, however, respect Madonna's privacy, and blots out her address when it reproduces the court papers.
Virginia Wheeler has flown out to Malawi, and manages to report the story as if Madonna has already been approved:
LITTLE Mercy James looks back at her orphanage home as she walks away to prepare for her new life as MADONNA’s adopted daughter.
The Queen of Pop was pictured with Mercy for the first time yesterday as authorities began finalising the adoption arrangements.
[...]The judge will give an official ruling on Friday — but Madonna, 50, has already been told that her application will succeed.
Wheeler doesn't seem in the least bit bothered, or alarmed, or interested in the idea that the court hearing has been treated in such a way.
We should approach this story remembering that Wheeler filed the "Perv Glitter stroked my arm" report for the Sun which exclusively broke the news that Gary Glitter could touch people from rows and rows of seats away.
The Sun's inability to treat this story with any degree of seriousness is probably summed up by the decision to put a jokey caption on a photo of David Banda being reintroduced to the father who awkwardly stopped him from being an orphan.
Gordon, meanwhile, takes delivery of a press release from TopShop with some pictures of Kate Moss:
KATE MOSS scrubs up well.
Here’s the Croydon clothes horse looking in the finest of fettle in a promo shot for her new Topshop collection.
She looks a far cry from the blurry-eyed party animal snapped out on the thrash during the last month.
You know, I could have sworn an adult just published a sentence which suggests that professional model shoots tend to result in better looking photos than if you take a quick snap of the same person while they're on a night out. Perhaps that's his April Fool.
Marvellous things, airbrushes.
Yes. Clearly, Gordon - who happily churns out any load of photoshopped-to-buggery pictures with barely a murmur - is having a laugh, by running a piece that pretends to object to pictures being touched up in the studio. Very good, Gordon.