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Lucy Meadows, Jacintha Saldanha and the Daily Mail’s ‘culture of casual cruelty’

by | 26th, March 2013

Lucy Meadows

SOME say Lucy Meadows died as a result of what Richard Littlejohn said in his Daily Mail column . Littlejohn ‘monstered’ the teacher who had left the Lancashire school the male Nathan Upton and returned as the female Lucy Meadows.

Your view of the story may well rest on your view of the Mail and Littlejohn. But here’s what the Daily Mail said when Australian radio DJs pranked Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse in the hospital where pregnancy Duchess Kate was being treated for morning sickness. Saldanha, a parent (like Meadows) soon after putting through a bogus call to Kate’s rooms was found hanged.

One Mail headline thundered:

DJs behind fatal royal prank phone call ‘will remain in hiding with bodyguards for MONTHS’

It was the phone call what dunnit, says the Mail . It was fatal phone call.

Janet Street-Porter wrote in the Mail :

 That prank call – broadcast across the BBC, under the feeble excuse of ‘news’ – was made for one reason: to grab ratings in a highly competitive market…The Romans’ idea of entertainment was chucking slaves in the arena to beat each other to death. We haven’t progressed much.

The Mail  was shocked in capital leters:

Australian radio station boss refuses to sack Royal prank DJs and claims THEY are the victims

The Mail saw the vulnerable woman:

The Mail on Sunday understands that one of the DJs telephoned the hospital back within an hour of the call and spoke to Ms Saldanha again, telling her they had played a prank which they were about to broadcast. The revelation is believed to have left Ms Saldanha, who had no experience of dealing with the media, feeling confused and agitated.

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