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Natasha Kaplinsky: Austere NewsreaderThe most respected journal of weekly news takes on the most austere and professional of the BBC’s journalists… or not. The rag and the hag have had a bit of a tiff. (For those unfamiliar with the key players, one’s ‘Not as bad as the Daily Mail’ and the other fronted a massive cock-up).

A couple of weeks back, the Mail on Sunday did a big two-page spread about how all but one of Natasha Kaplinsky’s family had been rounded up, shot, and dumped in a ditch by the Nazis. Her grandfather was the sole survivor. A terrible, tragic fate.

Except the story may have contained one or two tiny errors.

As MediaGuardian are now reporting, the person the Mail on Sunday thought was Natasha’s grandfather actually wasn’t, Natasha’s family were not killed, and the people who were killed were not slaughtered in a mass execution. And they weren’t shot and dumped in a ditch, either.

In fact, it’s quite difficult to find much about the story that is true. Much like a lot of the Mail on Sunday’s reportage, then.

This 1,055th post was filed under: Media.






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