Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Not o-Kai

Flagged high on Gordon's page today, although actually handled by The Sun news desk, is the story of Colleen Rooney being blackmailed over photos of her kid Kai.

The Sun is full of sympathy:

Frantic Coleen called the venue from their home in Prestbury, Cheshire, but the camera could not be found. Someone tried to sell the photos to media outlets, who turned them down.
A Rooneys spokesman said: "Wayne and Coleen take their son's privacy very seriously."
The paper even takes care to pixelate the face of the small child in a photo used to illustrate the story.

What do you mean, is there a whiff of hypocrisy here? Why, no, for The Sun has never run photos of the child unpixelated. Why, even if you thought they might have done, someone has quietly removed all the pages from the archive where, for example, they might have published a curiously-obtained photo of Kai visiting Father Christmas. Sure, the URL - - still exists, but there's nothing on the page.

Nobody can point a finger.

Except - oops! - the stories and the photos are still in The Sun's search files. Even the photo that has been carefully pixelated out this morning is there, with Kai's face in full. And Kai meeting Santa:

(Obviously, the red splodges aren't part of the photos as they appear in The Sun. Except for Wayne.)

It's a funny thing - where would blackmailers get the idea newspapers would pay money for this sort of thing?