Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Gordon in the morning: Loss

Curiously, although he reprints most of the official statement from Lily Allen's spokesperson this morning, Gordon Smart leaves out the last line.

The bit that says:

"The couple ask that their privacy be respected and that they be left alone at this deeply distressing time. No further comment will be made."
Of course, given that he's splashing a miscarriage all over his gossip column, slathered in mawkisness and faux empathy, it's perhaps unsurprising he thought he should edit out the bit he was ignoring. I mean, you don't want to be seen to be being unseemly, do you?

There's another curiosity in the coverage, with the official statement - pretty much universally reported has having been issued by Murray Chalmers, Allen's PR - being described by Gordon as if he'd had an off-the-record briefing:
Lily's sad news was revealed yesterday by an aide who spoke of the couple's "deep distress".
Murray Chalmers issued a statement. Perhaps Gordon is just so used to running stories without any attribution, he's forgotten how to credit on-the-record coverage.