What the papers say: Madonna lashes out over adoption

Madonna, the self-styled queen of pop, lashed out at the world's media last week in response to the contro­versy over her adoption of Malawian baby David Banda. 'Madonna slams media over Malawi adoption row' (The Times, 25 Oct).

Speaking on Oprah's TV show, Madonna refuted allegations that the adoption had been influenced by her celebrity and wealth.

She denied the baby's father, farmer Yohane Banda, had been misled: ‘I just wanted to give a child life, says ­Madonna' (The Daily Telegraph, 25 Oct); and claimed he had ‘happily agreed to the adoption' (Daily Mail, 24 October).

To critics claiming she fast-tracked Malawian regulations, Madonna said: ‘It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you have, nothing goes fast in Africa' (The Guardian, 25 Oct). The press were sceptical over her TV appearance: ‘Madonna in PR blitz as she defends adoption' headlined The Scotsman (26 Oct); while the Daily Record said ‘a cosy chat with Oprah is a million times more effective than a press release' (27 Oct).

The Observer claimed that even if Madonna lost ‘the battle', she would ‘have won the war by securing her reputation as a global do-gooder' (27 October).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

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