Philip Schofield has been doing the media rounds and sympathy is in short supply. Philip Schofield Caroline Flack comparison from Philip himself has gone down very badly.
Was today all that is wrong in the media in one story?
First of all to BBC’s Amol Rajan.
This tweet might set the tone?
“Ok, so the Schofield interview has bugged me and I haven’t even watched it. It’s the photo publicising it. Why do we need the sad puppy face from Phil and the (seemingly permanent) moody scowl of Amol Rajan? It’s egotistical ridiculousness at its finest.”
Never one to miss a chance to make it about him, Rajan wrote a piece all about the interview.
He wrote: “What did he want from this interview? To say sorry, show contrition, and correct falsehoods in the public domain.
“What did BBC News want from the interview? To get to the truth, by applying scrutiny.”
Rajan bangs on saying: “Schofield, whom I had never met, mentioned suicide within moments of our acquaintance, and repeatedly during the interview.
“When an interviewee presents themselves in this way, there is a tension between a duty of care to the individual and a duty of care to the truth. Hard questions still need to be asked, not least because this is not primarily a story about celebrity tittle tattle, or idle gossip about ITV’s star talent.”
A lot of people think by doing the interview there is echoes of Prince Andrew’s attempt to save his reputation.
Bit of the meme treatment?
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Philip Schofield told the BBC that, since leaving ITV and This Morning, he has “lost everything” adding “this is how Caroline Flack felt.”
Of course the Sun got the ‘exclusive,’
As one person tweeted: “When I saw this headline yesterday I knew a news management operation was in full swing! PR crew will have told Schofield to give an interview to his biggest critic then do a soft ‘Oprah’ style interview with Amol Rajan. Reputation Management it’s called!”
Maybe this tweeter has a point?