So. Farewell, then, News of the World.

by | Jul 7, 2011


As we bid goodbye to the News of the Screws, it seems an appropriate moment to dust off this cherished vignette of tabloid life (admittedly, from the Mirror rather than the NOTW) from Piers Morgan’s diaries:

Kent Gavin, the Mirror’s royal photographer, was sent to photograph Doris Day in her eighth-floor Manhattan apartment. Kent was left with her beloved pet dog while she answered the phone, and started throwing a ball for it to fetch. He slightly overthrew it, the dog raced to fetch it, and Kent realised to his horror that the window was open. End of Doris Day’s dog.

When she came back into the room, a shocked Kent said: “I’m terribly sorry but there’s been a dreadful accident – your dog has fallen out of the window.”

Minutes later, a sobbing Doris was cradling her dead, mangled pet in her arms . And what was the killer doing? “I thought I may as well take a few pictures while I was there,” he confessed. The next day’s Daily Mirror carried: DORIS DAY WEEPS FOR DEAD DOG – World Exclusive – Pictures by Kent Gavin

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  • Alex Evans

    Alex Evans is founder of the Collective Psychology Project, which explores how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and polarisation, a senior fellow at New York University, and author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017). He is a former Campaign Director of the 50 million member global citizen’s movement Avaaz, special adviser to two UK Cabinet Ministers, climate expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and was Research Director for the Business Commission on Sustainable Development. He was part of Ethiopia’s delegation to the Paris climate summit and has consulted for Oxfam, WWF UK, the UK Cabinet Office and US State Department. Alex lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire.


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