How can you not love the unmitigated gall of the British tabloid press corps?
Last night the industry assembled for its annual "Shaftas" award ceremony to reward and mock the most egregious inaccuracies (it would be cruel to call them lies) of the Mirror, Sun, Express, Star and News of the World.
Awards went to "journalists" who reported, incorrectly, that:
-- The Live 8 concert would feature an "amazing satellite link-up" to the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev would take the microphone, "symbolising the planet uniting to fight poverty", before handing over to his "fellow rocket man", Elton John.(Daily Mirror)
-- Posh and Becks planned to buy a £6m island off the coast of Essex. (Sunday People)
-- Sienna Miller had been drunkenly rolling around on the floor at a charity ball for the Starlight Children's Foundation. The Mirror later admitted Miller was not drunk after all, and had been "playing on the floor with a seriously ill six-year-old child."
-- "This most terrible of days will ring through in our living memories, September 9, 2001." (Daily Mirror)