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Russell Brand V The Sun: The New Era Fourth Estate

by | 3rd, December 2014

Residents from the New Era estate in east London, originally built as affordable housing for local workers, pose for photographs with their supporter British comedian Russell Brand, right, just before handing a petition into 10 Downing Street, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.


Russell Brand is to sue the Sun . He’s done it before. He’s a comedian. You need to remebrs that as you see the media noise he creates.

In April 2014, Russell Brand has won libel damages from the  Sun newspaper.  In November 2013, the Sun on Sunday led with a claim that Brand had cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan with a glamour model.

The Sun settled with Brand out of court. He tweeted:

I got some money suing The S*n who lied about me. I am making a donation to the #JFT96 campaign. A tiny piece of justice.

— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) April 15, 2014

Jeffrey Smele, appearing for The Sun in the High Court, said :

“Through me the defendant sincerely apologises to the claimant for the distress and embarrassment this article has caused. It accepts that the allegations are untrue and ought never to have been published.”

Brand then wrote for the Sun -hating  Guardian :

“Some friends of mine thought it dubious that the Sun’s deceitful story appeared just days after I’d spoken out against the media, corporations and the government. It could be a coincidence. Or it could be that the Sun loves me when I’m a prattling, giggling, Essex boy ‘Shagger of the Year’, when I’m in my proper place, beneath vacuous headlines, herding their flock towards dumb lingo and crap bingo, when I’m being cheeky on MTV or even unwisely invading answerphones, in a way that many would argue, is less offensive than the manner that they are alleged to have done.

“In my place I’m fine, but if I use my glistening podium, to talk to the people I grew up with, or signed on with or used drugs with, vulnerable overlooked, underserved, ordinary people, people that can’t sue them as I am, then out come the fangs.”

The Sun replied:

But the News UK title has hit back at Brand, dropping its pay wall to run a piece entitled; 20 Reasons why Russell Brand is the biggest hypocrite in Britain ”.

The list of accusations stem from his acceptance of the title ‘Shagger of the Year’ from the newspaper for three years in a row, his writing for the newspaper, his work and books being published by Fox owned companies, his topless appearance on the front cover of The Sunday Times Magazine and claims that he has openly admitted to cheating the benefit system and protesting in anti-capitalist marches, despite being worth millions of pound himself.

“Brand famously says one thing and does the opposite,” stated the introduction to the piece.




The New Statesman , which Brand edited once,  lapped it up:

The hitjob is yet another reminder that anyone who speaks up in favour of press reform can expect what Kelvin McKenzie allegedly offered John Major – a bucket of shit poured all over them. Previous examples include the Mail’s multipage denunciation of one of the Leveson Inquiry assessors, as well as the paper’s leaking of NS columnist Mehdi Hasan’s job application letter after he criticised the paper on Leveson.

Liek the Sun , the New Statesman once loved Brand.

Compare and contrast  The New Statesman’s  reporting on Russell Brand.

24 October, 2013, Russell Brand edited an issue of  The New Statesman.   Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the  New Statesman said :

We’re delighted to be working with someone as entertaining, inquisitive and provocative as Russell Brand on this special issue of the  New Statesman . With contributors ranging from Judd Apatow to Naomi Klein, the edition will be witty, intelligent and surprising. I mean, looks-wise, he’s no Ken Livingstone, but you can’t have everything.

Back then, Brand was dating Jemima Khan, the magazine’s associate editor.

That was the freedom loving NS that warned us of a “Kosher conspiracy”. For Brand’s editorship, the New Statesman portrayed him as Jesus at the Last Supper. The magazine of Left wing intellect and debate had revealed how desperate it was to connect with the great unwashed. Brand isn’t a rich, saucy-mouthed wally. He’s the ambulatory Left wing.

Brand is still appearing in the mag.

On 3 November 2014 : , the NS wrote of Brand

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