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The Fish And Chippy Shannon Matthews Story

by | 8th, December 2008

BRIAN Appleyard explains the Shannon Matthews case:

The Shannon Matthews case – deftly summarised by Andrew Norfolk – was very ‘fish and chippy’. This is an expression Fleet Street newsdesks once used. It meant that a story was sordid and low life. They didn’t say this out of snobbery, they said it because such stories should not be given too much prominence – or reported at all – because they were simply grim and added nothing to human wisdom.


That’s all changed, of course, fish and chippiness is now the media’s default mode. TV news bulletins at 6pm blithely detail crimes that were once never discussed and the newspapers report Matthews-like cases in frenetic and slavering detail. The inevitable ‘public interest’ line has emerged was this another social services cock-up?

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