The Sun now bribing people to slag off the government
Looks like the Sun, and no doubt other right-wing press owned by Murdoch or otherwise are up to their old tricks.
The E-mail:From: (removed)
Sent: 27 April 2010 11:15
Subject: request from Jenna Sloan, The Sun
If you have relevant information for the media professional concerned please click this link to reply: email@example.com
Request deadline: Thursday 29 April, 2010, 4:00 pm
Contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
My request: I’m looking for a teacher and a nurse to be case studies in The Sun next week.
This is for a political, election feature and both must be willing to say why they feel let down by the Labour Government, and why they are thinking about voting Conservative.
We’ll need to picture them, and also have a chat about their political opinions.
We can pay the case studies £100 for their time.
Please do let me know if you think you can help.
I always thought newspapers were supposed to report the news, not invent it. Of course they'll have a hard job finding anybody to say it for free. People who have worked in the NHS or the education systems know full well how much they have improved over the last 13 years. Schools were literally falling apart 13 years ago, with huge class sizes. As for the NHS when you have people dying in the corridors of a hospital because there aren't any beds or dying in the months or years they'd have to wait to see a specialist, things weren't exactly going great which was one of the main reasons Labour was put into power in 1997, to stop the Tory destruction of our public services.
Embarrassing for The Sun to be resorting to bribery. I am not a lawyer but are they not breaking laws by doing this?