Your Daily Wail: Return to slender (or how mean-spirited journalism comes undone)

March 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Posted in The Daily Wail | Leave a comment
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“Her dad was fat! And now she’s fat! If this isn’t the best showbiz exclusive since we printed some grainy screengrabs of Holly Willoughby’s breasts, I’ll hand my journalism degree back to the University of Milton Keynes!”

Lisa Marie Presley puts on weight. Apparently, if you squint real hard and tilt your head just so, she looks slightly like her Dad. It was such a good story that The Wail decided to print it twice. Here:

Her father fought – and lost – a long and very public battle with the bulge. Now Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie appears to have developed a similarly unhealthy appetite. The once-svelte 40-year-old was seen devouring her lunch at Hollywood food market The Grove at the weekend. Dressed in a baggy tracksuit top and loose trousers, she sat hunched over her meal – a curry on a polystyrene plate.

And here:

It is one inheritance for which Lisa Marie Presley might not thank her illustrious father. At a New York charity event it appeared that the Elvis genes were beginning to kick in, with the once-svelte 39-year-old showing that she had piled on the pounds in recent months. Only last summer Miss Presley – who includes Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage among her four former husbands – appeared trim and fit.

Yes, she was married to some rich & famous people. Now, not only is she not married to rich & famous people anymore, but she’s also fat!

Only one problem with that:

Lisa Marie Presley has criticised the media for printing “degrading stories” and “manipulated pictures” forcing her to confirm she is having a baby. On her MySpace page the 40-year-old claimed tabloid stories focusing on her weight gain had made her go public. “I have had to show my cards and announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am in fact pregnant,” she said. Presley said the press had been “irresponsible and disgusting”.

Oh. You can guess what’s coming now, right?

Singer Lisa Marie Presley is suing the Daily Mail for libel over publishing an article alleging she is overweight. The 40-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley said the story, which was widely republished worldwide, forced her to confirm she is expecting a baby. Her UK laywer Simon Smith said claims that she had an “unhealthy appetite” and is “growing like her dad” had left the star “deeply upset and offended”. Presley called the press “disgusting” on her MySpace page. The singer, who is issuing the libel claim against the Daily Mail’s publishers, Associated Newspapers, at the High Court in London, also explained why she was forced into disclosing her pregnancy.

La de da. Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

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