When saying 'sorry' isn't enough
George Clooney has refused to accept an apology from the Daily Mail over its story suggesting his future mother-in-law was less than thrilled by her daughter's approaching nuptials. This denunciation from the world's hunkiest/sexiest/most eligible all-round good guy is a powerful blow The Mail's predominantly women readers may be blind to the way it constantly belittles them, but they will not be deaf to Clooney.
L'Wren Scott's death
The Mail, Star and Mirror all came under fire for "intruding into Mick Jagger's grief" after the death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott.
The front pages showed how hopeless the editors' code of practice can be.
We pay too little attention to the language we use in reporting stories, we allow columnists to spew out opinions formed in ignorance, and we utterly fail to practise what we preach in our leader columns.
Do we play fair with celebrities?
The phone hacking saga was not so much about crime as about power, but the central commodity that was being traded was privacy. It becomes more complicated when dealing with celebrities, especially those who make a habit of "invading their own privacy".
But if you're going to put a story on your front page or page three about anyone, it's a good idea to ensure that (a) it's true and (b) that there is a valid public interest.
The President and the showgirl
The red tops are as one, with even the Star abandoning channel 5 to repeat the rumours about Elizabeth Hurley and President Clinton. So is it a story? A man no longer in office and an actress who once almost wore a dress that had more holes than fabric?
Everyone, including the source, has denied that the story is true, but the headline was too good an opportunity to miss.
Gwyneth Paltrow and that dress
Do you recognise this picture? Perhaps not, but you'll almost certainly have seen it. You probably wouldn't have been looking at Gwyneth Paltrow's face, however. Ms Paltrow was at the premiere of the latest Iron Man film and while her smile might have been demure, her attire was not. The dress by Antonio Berardi caused the biggest press sensation since...well, since the last revealing gown worn by an actress with no knickers on.
Doris Lessing, Helen Mirren and silly sexist tokenism: how the Press uses women as eye candy to drive sales
Whose sentencing matters more? Celebrity Rolf Harris, or Andy Coulson, the man at the heart of government?
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