OK. I'll re-phrase it; No newspaper can print what they know to be untrue.
So, the 'truth' of this story, is that there appears to be a fayt lass who feeds her kids crap. That's pretty plausible, tbh, woon't you agree?
The Sun does still need to try to appear truthful and sincere, in order to keep it's place on the news stands. So, they will at least cover their arses, legally, as I've said. For them to print this, they would have to be able to have a reasonable argument that there is at least some element of truth in this. Which, from what we can see, there does appear to be. HairyBarnes' claim that this is entirely made up, is his own onion. He is of course free to prove it is a fake, however, if he so chooses.
All I was trying to do, was state the 'innocent until proven guilty' thing. Granted, the Sun has been guiltyer than most.
As for the Alfie Patten thing; yes, it appears the Scum were scammed. They won't care; they probbly sold loads more papers 'cos of that story...
Scenario in Scum press room:
'Ear, check this out; fayt bird feeds her kids crap'
'Ooh, that's a goodun! Is it true?'
'Well, looks all right'
'Can we be sued?'
'Shoon't think so. Sources seem to check out'
'Can we embellish it, to whip up public hysteria, and sell more papers?'
'I'm bored. There's no juicy scandalous stuff to write about'
'Why don't we make up a story about a fayt bird who feeds her kids crap?'
'Ooh, nice. We'd need a model. My mate's brother goes out with a right porker, we could get her'
'Excellent. And my girlfriend's hairdresser knows a woman who's had triplets. Treble bubble!'
'Brilliant. Now, we need to get them together, for a photoshoot and that. then make up a story about the bird being on benefits, smokes, not with the kids' dad, etc'
'Ear, but what if we get caught?'
'Ooh, good point. We could lose our jobs, and get screwed by Murdoch'
'That's not good. I'm struggling with my mortgage enough as it is'
'No, we'd have to be careful. Lets talk to the Ed about it'
'What? You want to run a completely fictitious pack of lies? And if I say yes, I could lose my job/home/marriage/kids/
'Er, yeah. But ittud sell papers!'
Come on. Work it out...
I'm wasted, on here.
('Phones up the Sun...)