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Free Speech: Fat John Venables And The Death Of Journalism

by | 8th, November 2014

THE Sun has a story about John Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers. Vanbles was a 10-year-old child when he killed the toddler.

Gary O’Shea writes:

A JOURNALIST is facing jail after exposing how James Bulger’s bloated killer Jon Venables got private fitness sessions behind bars. The reporter — who paid a tip fee to a prison officer — was convicted by an Old Bailey jury of plotting to commit misconduct in public office.

The story was a prison “source” telling  News of the World readers:

“He [Venables] got very body conscious when he had to appear on camera on the day he was sentenced. It gave him the extra spur to improve his body image and he asked the governor for assistance.”

The only person who saw him on the magic box was the slight Mr Justice Bean. Did he mock Venables?

And as for the “personal trainer”, well, Venables was forbidden from entering the communal gym. Pretty much eveything he did was one-on-one.

Our source added: “Venables is getting up inmates’ noses again. A personal PE instructor is unheard of. It’s special treatment and people aren’t happy.”

As we noted:

Inmates are envious of an inmate housed in a restricted wing? We can’t have inmates being unhappy. We need happy inmates. We demand the be made happy now or else the paedo killer will have won! The thugs, sex criminals, gangsters, peados and killers on Venables’ wing are incandescent with rage. And we stand with them!

O’Shea adds:

Venables ten when he and Liverpool pal Robert Thompson tortured two-year-old James to death in 1993 had been freed but locked up again when found with vile images of children. He was 18st after gorging on crisps and biscuits.

The News of the World journalist, who cannot be named, was asked: Did you consider his feelings? The reporter replied: “I would have been thinking about public interest.”

It was a good tabloid story, albeit utter balls. There are bigger lunatics and more dangerous villains in the system than John Venables. But the  NoTW recognised that the child who killed a child occupies a special place in the pantheon of fear and emotion. And it chimes with the readers. The News of the World  was not the country’s best-selling paper by accident. It knew what readers wanted: titilation, sensation and information. And if you have to pay to get the scoop, then so be it.

The Sun continues in the same vein, although the watery  Sun on Sunday is not a patch on the NoTW , which at its best was a fantastic read one worth paying for. News is a competitive business and the NoTW’s populism was a success.

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