The Sun ’made the news’ by printing a saucy picture of Sophie
Rhys-Jones, and the outcry that followed caused the editor to publish an
Careful reading revealed distinctions in the way the Sun was condemned -
most writers were happy to describe the Sun’s apology as ’abject’ and
’grovelling’, but the Times - from the same Murdoch stable - pointed out
that it was ’prompt’.
Some writers suggested that the apology’s sincerity was doubtful,
because of the jokey use of a page three model, also named Sophie. Four
women commentators took slightly different lines from the editorials,
leaning towards the ’harmless fun’ argument that this photograph could
not endanger a modern marriage.
Everyone agreed the picture had caused personal distress, and whether
through the Sun’s malice (Buckingham Palace) or its stupidity (Times and
Guardian), the question of press self-regulation had been raised
As a reader in the Express said: ’the sewer press was giving the gutter
press a bad name’.
Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the
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