Monday 24 January 2011

If the Guardian had done Coulson splash Sun style

Mike Payne from Desborough, Northamptonshire, writes to the Guardian today asking: "Shouldn't your headline on Saturday have read "Gotcha"?"

Good point. So I've combined the Sun's famous (or is it infamous) front page with Saturday's Guardian splash, thanks to photoshop.

Historical note: The Sun's journalists were on strike over pay when the paper published its 'GOTCHA' headline in 1982. It was being put together by editor Kelvin MacKenzie and a handful of executives. Roy Greenslade, one of the executives, remembers: "A news agency reported that the General Belgrano had been hit. Wendy Henry shouted "Gotcha!", not as a suggested headline but as a spontaneous reaction, the kind of black joke common to every newspaper office. MacKenzie seized on it and designed a front page which said: "GOTCHA. Our lads sink gunboat and hole cruiser."

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