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The Daily Mail in 1938. Today it has the same message against asylum seekers.
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The Daily Mail leads with the headline "Everything Is Fine: Fear It, Fear It."
That Mitchell And Webb Look

The Daily Mail (a.k.a. Hate Mail, Daily Fail, Daily Heil, Daily Moan, Crazy Mail, and so on) is a reactionary right-wing tabloid rag masquerading as a "traditional values" middle-class newspaper that is, in many ways, the second-worst of the British gutter press (only Rupert Murdoch's The Sun is worse). In the 1930s, it infamously supported Oswald Mosley and fascism.

The Daily Mail is to the UK what the New York Post is to the United States, and what the Drudge Report is to the Internet: to wit, gossipy tabloid "journalism" for those who cannot digest serious news, with a flippantly wingnut editorial stance. Like the Daily Express, it tries to appear more upmarket and respectable than the red-top British tabloids, though it does sometimes go in for the full front-page picture or headline characteristic of the populist rags. It is also notorious for its frequent harassment of individuals, campaigns of hate directed at various minorities (focusing on Muslims), and willfully deceiving and lying to its readers.

Much of its content is designed to trigger readers' limbic systems, so articles generate strong emotions of hate, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, and occasionally happiness (usually because a white middle-class person has done something nice, or kittens). Like a trout in a fish farm pond, readers wait for the Daily Mail to fling the next story to them about ne'er-do-wells smirking, scruffy women in tracksuits smoking outside court (where they face charges of drunken assault or benefit fraud), brown people and assorted foreigners doing the things that they do, lefties campaigning about something, or working class people enjoying themselves in a non-approved way. Then, the readership erupts into a foaming fury that quickly subsides as they wait for the next story. But the fury doesn't completely subside; it leaves a residual anger that simmers in the background and requires another trigger story to allow it to boil over once more.

Historical achievements[edit]

The Daily Mail was founded in 1896 by Lord Northcliffe (then plain Alfred Harmsworth), who amassed a newspaper empire which also included The Daily Mirror, The Times, the Sunday Times, The Observer, Sunday Dispatch, and The Evening News; his brother Harold Harmsworth (later Lord Rothermere) gained a controlling interest in 1922 after his death. The paper's fact-checking ability was first made apparent on 16 April 1912, when it ran the headline "Titanic Sunk. No Lives Lost. Collision with an Iceberg. Largest Ship in the World. 2,358 Lives in Peril. Rush of Liners to the Rescue. All Passengers Taken Off."[1] Compare this to the New York Herald April 15, 1912 headline, "The Titanic Sinks with 1,800 on Board; Only 675, Mostly Woman and Children, Saved"

It was under the proprietorship of Lord Rothermere that, in 1924, it achieved some notoriety by publishing the Zinoviev letter, a forged document which indicated that British Communists were planning violent revolution. This had a significant influence on the outcome of the general election four days later which resulted in defeat for the Labour Party. This is why some people refer to the rag as the Forgers' Gazette.[2]

During the 1930s, the Daily Mail was sympathetic to German and Italian fascism, as Rothermere was friendly with both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. An article by Rothermere printed in the paper also praised the British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley for "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine."[3][4] As well as devoting a lot of time to diplomacy with fascists, Lord Rothermere was also occupied in a failed scheme to become King of Hungary, so his son Esmond took an increasing role at the papers in the 1930s.[5]

In turn, the 3rd Viscount Vere Harmsworth took over in 1970. Despite the paper's moralising about other people's private lives, Vere was a keen womanizer and socialite, and enjoyed an open marriage to actress Beverly Brooks, known as "Bubbles" Rothermere, until her death in 1992.[6] In 1998, when his new Korean wife proved too much for him, the late Vere was replaced by his son Jonathan, the present owner and 4th Viscount Rothermere. Despite professed patriotism, the 3rd Viscount had become a tax exile in France, and his son continues to claim "non-dom" tax status as an honorary Frenchperson.[7]

In 2014, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which also owns trashy tabloids, accused the Australian online edition of the Daily Mail of plagiarism.[8]


Racist in public, so you don't have to be.
—Russell Howard, Mock the Week
A real Daily Mail front page. Did you know that blacks have 18 more kids than middle-class white people and also Kate Moss has even more shoes?

The Mail is usually considered the furthest-right of all British newspapers and tabloids, competing for this spot with the Daily Express. Although some of the red-top tabloids might throw about more extreme rhetoric, their laddish attitude often means they're not taken too seriously. The Mail, however, is entirely Serious Business. Their primary editorial stances are:

  • Anti-immigration
  • Anti-welfare and poor people in general
  • Health sensationalism (particularly with respect to cancer)
  • Anti–government
  • Anti-LGBT
  • Anti-Europe
  • Anti-human rights because human rights only protect the obviously guilty and/or paedophiles or darkies.
  • Anti-politics because the Mail's views are not politics, but just common sense.
  • Anti-internet and other modern technology ('Facebook kills our children')
  • Anti-taxes (mainly for those who can afford to pay them)
  • Anti-cyclist
  • Anti-intellectualism ('what do they know?') including academics, experts (including doctors); indeed anyone with an "-ology." AN Wilson famously stated that "The trouble with a 'scientific' argument, of course, is that it is not made in the real world, but in a laboratory by an unimaginative academic relying solely on empirical facts".
  • Anti-lawyers, especially those who defend the enemies of the Daily Mail State.
  • Anti-liberal (not realising that the opposite of liberalism — (with a small 'l') is not Conservatism but totalitarianism/fascism)
  • Pro-objectification of women
  • Declinism about UK life, the economy, etc.
  • Pro-complaining about anything and everything they don't like
  • Claiming that political changes were because of their campaigns

A traditionally conservative tabloid (by UK standards), the Mail blamed the European Union and European immigration to Britain for the economic crisis. It likes to incite its readers against minorities with sensationalist headlines about the benefits immigrants receive and the threat they pose to British culture and security (almost always entirely founded on lies). It frequently reports that the country is "going to the dogs" and we're all going to die, while at the same time wondering why people are voting for the British National Party. Some British people find this amusing, as the Mail's editorial stances are indistinguishable from BNP policies. It is exceptionally rare for the main headline to be unlinked to asylum seekers or "dangerous" foreigners in some way or another, regardless of the context of the story. Such is the case with Mahira Rustam Al-Azawi, who would otherwise just be another case of long-term fraud if it wasn't for the Mail slanting it toward her being an Iraqi asylum seeker.[9][10]

While the Mail does prefer to blame it all on Johnny Foreigner, other popular editorial villains include gypsies, the workshy, Young People Today, the public sector, the BBC[11] (which, in full Fox News style, it says has a strong liberal bias),[12] and anyone to the left of Norman Tebbit. For much of the late 2000s, the Mail had a major obsession with house prices and how they change, in either direction. Recent drops in UK house prices have sparked massive rage and panic across Mail headlines and front pages, despite being a mere fraction the size of the insane increases that occurred over the preceding decade. The Daily Mail headline generator pokes fun at these obsessions, with many randomly generated headlines asking whether immigrants are lowering house prices.[13] For the last few years, the Mail has also been the leading voice in demonising anyone who claims social benefits for any reason whatsoever (while completely oblivious to the fact that the State Pension received by about 15m people is a social benefit), which has been shown to fuel stigma of the majority of genuine claimants, and discourage people who may need help from seeking it.[14]

Prisons, as seen through the Daily Mail prism, are luxurious accommodation options for the undeserving, akin to a "5 star hotel" and which provide to every inmate "X-Boxes", flat screen TVs, a la carte menus, and other taxpayer-funded facilities, "because prisoners have more rights than ordinary Brits". However, whenever an "ordinary Brit" is banged up for nothing more than defending his way of life by throwing a pig head at a mosque, or breaching the conditions of a suspended sentence, prisons become "dangerous hell holes". Irrespective of the length of sentence given to criminals (real ones, not white middle-class people who have been treated unfairly) Daily Mail readers calculate what they believe the actual time spent behind bars will be by halving it, subtracting 5, carrying the 3, and ending up with "7 months", even for mass murder. Worse still, if the offender has more than a minimal level of skin pigment, they believe that he will be showered with compensation and given a house upon release.

There are only two forms of art acceptable to the Daily Mail and its readers; nude women body-painted to look like tigers, or ultra-realist drawings that look like photos. Anything else is "modern rubbish" that "a 5 year old could do".

Animal stories are a mainstay of Daily Mail content, although in keeping with the overall policy of only running stories that trigger emotional responses, they either feature cloyingly cute baby animals, or gruesome fights to the death between lions, centipedes, snakes or spiders.

Although these days the Daily Mail is rabidly eurosceptic, this was not always its editorial stance. In fact, during the 1930s, the paper was a big fan of a united European superstate. However, due to a deterioration in Britain's relationship with the Mail's favourite European statesman, the paper was obliged to reverse its stance on the issue rather suddenly in late 1939.

The Mail also occasionally expresses anti-American views. The aforementioned favourite European statesman once called the US a "mongrel nation", and the Mail has rarely disagreed with this sentiment. One notable example occurred on 5 September 1956, in a commentary on the film The Blackboard Jungle, the first with a rock-and-roll soundtrack. And what did the Mail's editorial writer think of the movie and of rock-and-roll?[15]

It is deplorable. It is tribal. And it is from America. It follows ragtime, blues, jazz, hot cha-cha and the boogie-woogie, which surely originated in the jungle. We sometimes wonder whether this is the negro's revenge.

No doubt they would have preferred Pat Boone if he wasn't one of those nasty colonials, too.

The online version of the Daily Mail, or "DM" as used by contributors to the comments section, carries two different disclaimers to their comments section that ultimately result in the same thing.

The comments below have been moderated in advance" means that almost everything against their corporate point of view will not appear as a viewpoint. That is, unless you are one of the lucky ones to provide a visible contrary point of view, and be subject to a rash of 'red arrows', which are the Daily Mail's way of subjecting you to their own court of opinion that supports theirs.
The comments below have not been moderated" means that they have been moderated in advance and that the Daily Mail lies. Comment on an alleged un-moderated article and more often than not, if your comment does not fit general opinion or is not following their own guidelines, it is not going to show up. This is where they use "moderated in advance" to mean that whatever you see has not been tweaked by their army of editing public opinion.

There is also "option 3", which is where they have a story that they wanted to control opinion one way, but the comments dictate otherwise. That usually means they place "The comments below have not been moderated" on the comments section, and allow it to be a place where most comments are published.

Irrespective of the level of moderation, reader comments are an endless source of amusement as a place where misanthropes, misogynists, racists and conspiracy theorists gather to spout their nonsense, presumably because every single person in their lives is utterly fed up with hearing their angry and sour views on anything. Starting a statement with "No doubt..." means that something that hasn't happened (and will never happen in the real world) will definitely happen in their seething imagination: "No doubt there will be minarets on Westminster Abbey within 5 years". "No doubt it will soon be illegal to wish someone Happy Christmas". "No doubt anyone who defends themselves against burglars will be jailed for life before long". And so on.[16]

Many sensational stories rest solely on either faked images or a failure to understand perspective or telephoto lenses. Hence the shocking story of Prince Edward aiming a shotgun at a child was based on a long lens photo that gave a false impression to anyone unfamiliar with telephoto perspective.[17] Similarly, an article about a "terrifying" bridge was based on an inability to understand how a telephoto lens "steepens" gentle slopes.[18] Periodically the Daily Mail runs stories about "superhuman" ants apparently lifting heavy weights, with photos that a child can see are simply inverted images of ants hanging upside down.[19] Heights have long been difficult for the Daily Mail. A 50 foot cliff, over which a car has fallen, becomes a "120 foot cliff" in the Daily Mail, notwithstanding the accompanying photos showing otherwise. Bridges are given the same Daily Mail treatment.[20]

Another popular theme, to which the Daily Mail returns again and again, is children falling foul of school regulations by turning up in the wrong shoes or having the wrong haircut or skirt length. This unleashes a torrent of tutting from readers who comment that "they need to learn that rules are rules" and that "life is about rules - get used to it". Oddly, these are the same readers who believe that speed limits are optional and that speed cameras are sneaky revenue-raisers.

For many years Daily Mail has developed periodic obsessions with specific topics, attempting during its obsessional phase to feature as many stories as possible on that topic, thus creating an entirely unrealistic impression on its gullible readers that there is a crisis in progress. Topics in the 1980s included "devil dogs", "granny bashers", "video nasties" (low budget horror movies featuring zombies, fake blood and creative murders, that they believed were turning the children of Britain into unfeeling psychopaths), and black muggers. More recently readers have been terrified by stories about foxes entering middle-class homes and biting babies on the face, Japanese Knotweed affecting the value of nice people's houses, False Widow Spiders posing a threat everywhere, sinkholes suddenly appearing all over the world (even if many reports were of leaking water pipes causing holes in roads, to boost the numbers) and, since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building fires. The sudden spike in articles on these topics represents the new obsession of the Editor and not any increase in incidence, but readers believe that something sinister is afoot. The short-lived sinkhole issue convinced many that something was happening, perhaps secret military weapons tests, or "signs" of the End Times. A hole that formed on a Queensland beach next to a campsite, slightly damaging one caravan, was believed by some to be a nuclear bomb. Similarly, any new fire story is greeted with reader comments that "we never used to get fires in London", and that they must be caused by Muslims.

The Mail's Editor[edit]

The paper's editor Paul Dacre emerges very rarely. He almost never appears on television (or any other medium), and when he (rarely) writes overtly in the Mail, he is barely literate. For example, he manages to convert a (perhaps) valid point about press freedom into a personal, risible, incoherent diatribe against his enemies (The Guardian). How this secretive man claims to be an effective journalist is beyond any comprehension. Private Eye magazine refers to Dacre as "double cunting Dacre" due to his alleged habit of screaming such obscenities at staff who displease him. Dacre stepped down as Editor in 2018, still without the long-hoped-for Knighthood.

Link bait[edit]

Not even once.

Some theories have emerged that the Daily Mail merely writes the trash it does in order to provoke massive swarms of links and clicks to its website, thus milking its sponsors and advertisers for masses of cash. In response to this, the website IstyOsty was formed[21] with the intention of storing Daily Mail articles on a proxy server so that people could read them without contributing to the Mail's view count. Not massively impressed with such an Evil Scheme, the Mail threatened the site with around £150,000 worth of legal action and a cease and desist in August 2011.[22]

"Sidebar of shame"[edit]

Exclusive to the Mail Online, this "sidebar of shame", featuring on women's naughty bits, has been described as "the raucous and shameless energy of the tabloid press". However, despite this obvious pandering, this has turned out to be unprofitable for the company.[23] Observers delight in comparing DM stories about "perverts" convicted of upskirting with stories in the SoS featuring "wardrobe malfunctions" where female celebrities accidentally expose their underwear, as photographed by a paid pap lying on the ground to obtain the images. Whether or not the Daily Mail that features the Sidebar of Shame is related in any way to the Daily Mail that in the 1980s campaigned against sex in movies, on TV, in music, in art, or indeed anywhere else, is unclear.

Writing staff[edit]

"And I'm shakin' in me shoes
As I'm sending out the news,"
Said the man from the Daily Mail.
—Peadar Mac Ghiolla Chearra[24]

The Daily Mail's writers are often known for being stubbornly vitriolic, all of whom can turn a fly taking a shit on a scrapheap into a national outrage that threatens the very fabric of society itself. Whenever a mass health scare happens, you can almost guarantee that these people write more words on the subject than any informed and qualified science correspondent.

Notable ideologues include:

  • Peter Hitchens[25] — Hitchens was certainly at the forefront of bringing Tony Blair's son Leo into the arguments about the safety of the MMR vaccine; indeed, he went on about the kid and harassed Downing Street about it on an almost daily basis during the hoax. In more recent years, he's made an increasing number of anti-secularism rants.
  • Melanie Phillips[26] — A blogger once coined the phrase "I wouldn't wish it on anyone… except Melanie Phillips." She made George Monbiot's list of "top 10 climate change deniers."[27] A regular panel guest on the BBC's long-running political debate show Question Time, where she gleefully trolls the audience with her witch-like views.
  • Samantha Brick — Is constantly[28] banging on about just how fucking beautiful she is. Gained notoriety for this in 2012 when one of her articles, about how hard it was to be such a stunning specimen of visual human perfection because other women hated her for it, swept through the blogosphere like a turd attached to a tumbleweed made of LOLcats.
  • Amanda Platell[29] — A professional preacher and generally rather horrible person.
  • Richard Littlejohn[30] — Returned to the Mail in 2005 after a £800,000 per year deal to write for The Sun. Has the honour of being titled "The Stupid Person's Jeremy Clarkson" and author of a book once described as a "recruiting pamphlet for the BNP."[31] Amusingly parodied in Viz comic as 'Richard Littlecock', and curiously obsessed with the mechanics of male gay sex. Has long referred to that unnecessary burden on business, Health and Safety, as "elf 'n' safety", mocking its imagined pronunciation by manual workers. His readers parrot this pronunciation without knowing why they do it. Littlejohn often falls back on parodying current events in the style of Only Fools and Horses or Minder, which tend to be painfully unfunny.
  • Quentin Letts[32] — His crowning achievements so far are, firstly, the claim, repeated in his book 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain, that Iraqi-born advertising executive and art connoisseur Charles Saatchi has done more damage to Britain than his countryman, the genocidal dictator Saddam Hussein. His second is trying to have an entire theatre shut down because he didn't much like a play they put on. Arsehole.
  • David Rose — Elitist with eugenicist beliefs. Originally known for hyping Iraqi WMD stories, he later issued a partial "oops" for penning the stories.[33] He then turned his skills to promoting global warming denial and got caught quote mining scientists and pushing denialist talking points numerous times.[34]


What's this thin sliver of a line? Yes, it's the Femail website with a bit of news on the side. The word count of the Femail side bar is in the region of 4,400 — the article only 260. Literally, only 4% of this page is actual article. Really.
…it's not really a conventional news site at all, more a big online bin full of pictures of reality stars, with the occasional Stephen Glover column lobbed in to lighten the mood.

Charlie Brooker[35]

"Femail" (besides being a terrible pun) is The Daily Mail's specific "women's section," dedicated to celebrities, their designer shoes (because of course, what overpriced clothes a woman is wearing is interesting), and other miscellaneous gossip. This is either one of the more depressing sections, or the only bit worth reading (as TV Tropes would say: "your mileage may vary"). Femail dominates the right hand margin of the Mail's website — usually extending several times the length of all other content — meaning that even if you only care about the political or medical stances of the paper while reading online, you certainly won't be able to escape the latest mega-important headlines about Kim Kardashian's latest photo-shoot or Victoria Beckham's latest publicity stunt. Its ubiquity on the site is either due to the paper's dedication to the feminist cause, treating women's issues with equal importance or because their machismo-full male readers like to have one off the wrist to a drunk Lindsay Lohan in their lunch breaks. The Femail section is also the place to see the most sexually explicit images that Mail can find, from the racy outfits of pop starlets to nude photoshoots or wardrobe malfunctions of celebrities. The Mail has often received some criticism for this section and accusations of outright hypocrisy, as the paper frequently complains of sexualised images broadcast on British television before the watershed time, but seems to have no problem in broadcasting these images and more to the world on a website that has no watershed time at all.

Notable is the tendency of Femail's female writers to adopt a critical and negative view of female matters, thus supporting the overall misogynist tone of the paper.


While scientific surveys have shown that 73%[36] of the British population don't really give a fuck about religion, the Mail touts itself as the last bastion defence of 1400 years of UK Christian values. They stand defiant in the face of both the Muslim and the atheist threat, such as when the evil Beeb decided to remove the good and proper AD and BC in favour of CE and BCE… except nothing of the kind actually happened.[37] The BBC uses both, but the editor of the religion section of the website decided that BCE and CE were more appropriate religiously neutral terms, in line with the BBC's impartiality rather than its supposed atheistic bias. The Mail even went so far as to needlessly imply that it was a Muslim man advancing his own agenda.[38] Essentially, like all religious fundamentalists and political fringe groups, the Mail is simply interpreting actual neutrality as a bias against itself, rather than seeing its own biases and preferences for what they are.

Recently though, the Mail has been quite supporting of atheist claims such as the claim Jesus didn't exist, even publishing a nobody's claim on this matter.[39]



The Mail is known for obsessing over dangers from health scares (such as the Andrew Wakefield controversy) to paedophiles. With cancer, the Mail has found possibly its greatest asset in attempting to scare its readers into doing a lot of crazy shit. Among the items claimed by the paper to cause cancer (based on "scientific" research) are mouthwash, oral sex, Pringles, Facebook and coffee.[40][41] On the other hand, cures for cancer include tofu, the yellow fever vaccine, ketchup and coffee. Care is needed when interpreting the articles, as much of the evidence is mixed with nonsense. Some things such as mouthwash containing alcohol do indeed increase the risk of cancer — if you're an alcoholic extracting the alcohol from mouthwash for a buzz.

For the terminally confused, as the Mail is sometimes inconsistent on the subject, a near-enough full record of everything that cures and causes cancer is available at the 'Kill or Cure' website[42] and on the Daily Mail Oncological Project.[43][44]


See the main article on this topic: HPV vaccine

In April 2009, science blogger Martin Robbins, under the handle "The Lay Scientist", noted an interesting discrepancy in the policy of the Daily Mail. On the British edition, known for its scare stories on health, there was a demand to stop the compulsory administration of the HPV cervical cancer vaccine. This is fair enough and expected from the Daily Mail, as these people will go against any medical treatment given away for free. One underlying theme was the suspicion that young girls given the vaccine would become promiscuous, having been freed from fear of contracting HPV, part of the longstanding puritanical worldview that underlies much of Daily Mail's content.

However, on the Irish edition, there was a campaign to "roll out the vaccine now!" demanding that the government issue it immediately, as in Ireland, it wasn't going to be issued as freely as in Britain. As the Daily Mail and the Irish Daily Mail are owned by the same people and have the same (alleged) editorial stance, this wasn't a case of The Guardian saying one thing and The Express saying another. This has led to people declaring that the Mail's true position is "whatever the government is for, we're against."[45]

Cannabis and schizophrenia[edit]

See the main articles on this topic: Marijuana woo and Schizophrenia

In October 2011, the Daily Mail printed an article that claimed "Just ONE cannabis joint can bring on schizophrenia as well as damaging memory."[46] This led to Dorothy Bishop, professor of neuroscience at Oxford University, awarding the Daily Mail the "Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation," for what she called "the worst misrepresentation of a scientific article in a national newspaper."[47]

The Press Complaints Commission refused to investigate it, though it's worth noting the article's author, Paul Dacre, was chairman of the PCC Editors’ Code of Practice Committee at the time.[48] Shortly after winning Prof. Bishop's "award," the Daily Fail did nothing to correct the misrepresentation, though they changed "causes schizophrenia" to "causes episodes similar to schizophrenia."


See the main article on this topic: Asbestos

Christopher Booker, one of the Daily Mail's star columnists, regularly takes up brave positions that run counter to science, fact, and reality. These include "scepticism" about climate change, a preference for intelligent design over evolution, and the belief that passive smoking is not bad for your health. He pushes even further with his own branch of reality by making repeated claims that white asbestos is "chemically identical to talcum powder" and the threat from it is so "vanishingly small" that a study by the UK's Health and Safety Executive had concluded that the danger was "insignificant" and with "arguably zero" risk of lung cancer.[49]

As usual with the Mail, the UK's Health and Safety Executive does not agree with Booker and has described his claims regarding asbestos as "substantially misleading."[50] It's probably coincidental that Booker's claims are strikingly similar to those of the British Asbestos Industry.[51]

And now the weather[edit]

The Mail gets many of its weather stories from two companies: the ironically-named Exacta Weather and the management speak-tastic Positive Weather Solutions. Their forecasters appear to have wide-ranging skills, from Ukrainian brides to stock photo models and sporters of emo hair. Thus far, they appear not have attained visibility in the field of meteorology. Thus the Mail appears to take its weather news from sources which are, shall we say, far from the action.[52]

Reliability as Wikipedia source[edit]

On 8 February 2017, a month-long discussion on English Wikipedia ended in a consensus that the Heil! was fit for use as toilet paper not a reliable source. The closing admin said, "The general themes of the support !votes centred on the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication. […] There are multiple thousands of existing citations to the Daily Mail. Volunteers are encouraged to review them, and remove/replace them as appropriate".[53] This event was widely reported in the media (usually with an attitude of barely suppressed outrage or alternatively, unrestrained hilarity neutral journalistic objectivity),[54][55][56][57][58] with one difficult-to-explain exception. The editor who initiated the discussion was rapidly awarded three different BarnstarsWikipedia's W.svg and announced starting a Wikibreak.Wikipedia's W.svg

Best of the Daily Fail[edit]

A spoof Daily Mail front page.

Here is a selection of some of the best — for the wrong reasons — articles put out by the Daily Mail:

  • "Hurrah for the Blackshirts!" was the Mail's front page headline on 8 July 1934. However, despite the Mail's efforts, the British Union of Fascists never did achieve widespread popularity.
  • In 1956, it described rock 'n' roll as "deplorable" and "tribal", adding that "it surely originated in the jungle. We sometimes wonder whether this is the Negro's revenge.[59]
  • Amanda Knox found guilty - so the Mail decided to release the wrong pre-written story regarding the appeal of accused murderer Amanda Knox. Highlights include reactions from prosecutors who said they were delighted, a description of how she collapsed in a chair sobbing and would be placed on suicide watch. (Knox was actually declared "not-guilty" at the actual appeal, in case you missed the punchline.) The Mail wasn't the only paper to do this. The Sun also briefly had both versions of events on its website and both The Grauniad and Sky News also jumped the gun with the wrong verdict, but didn't start making stuff up to fill the word count. The thing is, the fact that a false story contained so much detail immediately calls into question the veracity of the details contained in the correct version, as both were blatantly written before the fact with plausible and widely applicable details in place.
  • A strange, lonely and troubling death... - the controversial article by Jan Moir on the death of Stephen Gately, known for being quite shockingly homophobic and leaping to conclusions as if Moir had suddenly become an expert coroner. The article was originally titled "Why there was nothing 'natural' about Stephen Gately's death."[60]
  • Curiously absent from the Daily Mail's archives, in 1997, columnist Lynda Lee-Potter described Mo Mowlam, Labour MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, as an "only slightly effeminate Geordie trucker", due to her hair that looked like a wig and her recent weight gain. The paper was forced to apologise after it emerged that Mowlam had lost her hair due to cancer and that her weight gain was due to medication.
  • In September 2013 (and smeared out over more articles and opinion columns than are worth listing, but here's a BBC link to explain it), the Mail attacked Labour Party leader Ed Miliband for having a father - the Marxist academic Ralph Miliband - who "hated Britain". This was ironic in numerous ways:
  1. A key piece of "evidence" for this was the 17 year-old Ralph's diary that called the English "perhaps the most nationalist people in the world," which of course is something you could easily conclude ever looking at the Mail;
  2. Miliband was a staunch anti-Stalinist,[61] so his political views look more like Orwell's than the Great Satan the Mail presented; and
  3. Most staggeringly is the fact that the Mail would push such a smear campaign in the face of their own history in cosying up to Adolf "the Great" Hitler and the National Front; Ralph Miliband, on the other hand, fled to the UK in 1940 to avoid anti-Semitic persecution, enlisted in the Royal Navy, and served in the D-Day landings. This prompted a particular public savaging by Mehdi Hasan on the BBC's Question Time programme,[62] a pwnage which in turn prompted the Mail to respond with a smear campaign against Hasan that did everything but outright say "that muzzie towelhead should go back where he came from." Daily Mail doubled down after the election to claim that "a source within the Labour Party" had revealed that had Ed Miliband won he intended to have a 100 foot high bust of himself carved into the White Cliffs of Dover. This was later amended to the cliffs of Cheddar Gorge, but interestingly not one other media outlet ran this incredible story of Stalinistic hubris. Readers were not put off by the unlikelihood of this egregious lie, one commenting that it didn't surprise him and that "You couldn't make it up".
  • In 2014, the Mail referred to the perpetrators of Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday massacre as "our brave Paras" and demanded they not be prosecuted for the crime.

Broken clock moment[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock

Despite its share of stupid news, Daily Mail also has its moments of shining journalism. The newspaper published an exposé on how British billionaire financier Nat Rothschild treated British Labour minister and EU commissioner Lord Mandelson with a private jet and luxury dining to meet his Russian pal Oleg Deripaska. Not coincidentally, Oleg Deripaska owned an aluminum plant that exported the metal to Europe. Nat Rothschild, being the skinny billionaire he is, sued the paper for libel, but a High Court judge sided with the paper and threw out the lawsuit.[63]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]



  1. [1] Titanic Newspaper Archive' ' Retrieved 14 June 2017
  2. The Ralph Miliband I knew embodied the British values the Daily Mail rejects. Ian Aitken, The Guardian, 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. Dictionary of the Turtle
  4. Unreliable Sources, John Simpson
  5. See the Wikipedia article on Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere.
  6. Obituary: Viscount Rothermere, Independent, 1998
  7. Ian Hislop lets rip at Daily Mail and Rothermere family over 'embarrassing' Ed Miliband row on HIGNFY, Daily Mirror, 4 Oct 2013
  8. News Corp accuses Daily Mail Australia of plagiarism. The Guardian: 9 June 2014.
  9. Metropolitan Police Press Release — Partnership working sees fraudster jailed
  10. Iraqi asylum cheat who got £700,000 in benefits, three houses and private school for her son!
  11. Mail Online — search for "BBC"
  12. Mail Online — search for "liberal bias" Articles are almost exclusively about the BBC.
  13. Daily Mail-o-matic
  14. ‘Scrounger’ Stigma Discouraging Would-be Benefit Claimants
  15. Pop Music and the Press, Steve Jones, p.114
  21. News Crud — ItsyOtsy
  22. Daily Mail Proxy Site IstyOsty Goes Down After Cease And Desist Order
  23. Brown, Andrew. The shocking thing about the Mail Online's sidebar of shame The Grauniad. Saturday 24 March 2012 13.00 GMT.
  25. Daily Mail — Peter Hitchens
  26. Daily Mail — Melanie Phillips
  27. Monbiot's Top 10
  28. She was doing it long before the "women hate me because I'm beautiful" clusterfuck.
  29. Daily Mail — Amanda Platell
  30. Daily Mail — Richard Littlejohn
  31. "Self v Littlejohn" BBC Radio Five Live, via the BBC News website.
  32. Daily Mail — Quentin Letts
  33. David Rose: Iraq leaders tricked us with WMD lies, but we must not get fooled again, I feel shame and regret for having supported the Iraq why can't Tony Blair?
  34. See George Monbiot and Deep Climate on "Rosegate," Tim Lambert's series and Potholer54 for in-depth coverage.
  35. Charlie Brooker - When the Daily Mail calls right-wingers stupid, the result is dumbogeddon
  36. Religiosity Highest in World's Poorest Nations, Gallup
  37. Reality check: has the BBC dropped the terms BC/AD?, The Guardian
  38. How the BBC's dark forces of political correctness threaten the Christian era, The Lay Scientist
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  40. 20 Strange Things The Daily Mail Say Will Cause Cancer
  41. Russel Howard ‐ The Daily Mail Cancer Song
  42. Kill or cure — Help to make sense of the Daily Mail’s ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer and those that prevent it.
  43. DM Oncological Project (old WordPress blog)
  44. DM Oncological Project (new Tumblr blog)
  45. The Daily Mail: Campaigning both For and Against the HPV Vaccine in Different Countries Simultaneously
  46. Here it is.
  47. Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Wins Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation over "Just One Cannabis Joint Can Bring On Scizophrenia[sic"]
  49. Asbestos saga proves our feeble press watchdog has no bark and no bite, The Lay Scientist
  50. Article: "Farmers face £6 bn bill for asbestos clean up", HSE
  51. The British Asbestos Newspaper!
  52. Do the weather forecasters used by the Daily Mail actually exist?, The Guardian
  53. Wikipedia - Daily Mail RfC
  54. Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source The Guardian: 8 February 2017
  55. Wikipedia bans the Daily Mail as a source for being 'unreliable' The Independent: 9 February 2017
  56. Daily Mail Banned As ‘Reliable Source’ On Wikipedia In Unprecedented Move Huffington Post: 9 February 2017
  57. Wikipedia bans editors from citing Daily Mail as source Fox News[sic]: 9 February 2017
  58. Wikipedia editors ban ‘unreliable’ Daily Mail as source] Hindustan Times: 9 February 2017
  59. Dr Roberta Freund Schwartz (28 January 2013). How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. pp. 61. ISBN 978-1-4094-9376-1. 
  60. Charlie Brooker - Why there was nothing 'human' about Jan Moir's column on the death of Stephen Gately
  61. Times of London? They must be communist.
  62. Watch: Mehdi Hasan smacks down the Daily Mail on Question Time