Orlando nightclub massacre: Daily Mail accused of 'commercial cynicism' as it is only national not to feature story on front page - Press Gazette

Orlando nightclub massacre: Daily Mail accused of 'commercial cynicism' as it is only national not to feature story on front page

The Daily Mail has drawn criticism for being the only UK daily newspaper not to feature America’s worst ever mass shooting on its front page.

The massacre in Orlando, Florida, unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning – too late for the UK Sunday newspaperss. At least 50 people were killed after a lone gunman attacked people at a LGBT nightclub venue.

The story dominated most UK national front pages today.

The Sun described the attack as “America’s Bataclan”, a reference to the terrorist attack on a Paris rock concert in November 2015 which left 130 dead.   The Sun, America's Bataclan
The Telegraph headline focused on the homophobic nature of the attack and broadened the story out beyond the US saying: “Isil wages war on gays in the West.”


The Daily Mail instead led on a follow-up of yesterday’s Sunday Times front page story with the headline: “Fury over plot to let 1.5m Turks into Britain.”

This story claimed that UK officials have discussed extending visa-free access to Britain for some Turkish citizens. It also included a large plug for a reader offer to exchange MyMail membership scheme points for a pair of pearl earings.

Daily Mail

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sneddon was among those to note the Mail’s editorial decision today, saying on Twitter: “No mention of Orlando massacre on Daily Mail first edition front page.”

Journalist Will Hartley said on Twitter: “Every newspaper is running a story on Orlando as their front page tomorrow. Apart from the Daily Mail, who are running an immigration story.”

And NHS director of engagement and communications Anthony Tiernan said on Twitter: “What am I missing? The Daily Mail chooses not to cover #OrlandoShooting on its front page unlike all other UK papers.”

Writing in The Guardian, Roy Greenslade condemned the Daily Mail.

He said: “Whatever you may think of its political and social agenda, this is Britain’s second-highest selling national title. It usually exhibits an acute news sense. Why did it desert it this time?

“It would appear to have been a mixture of its Eurosceptic fanaticism (the so-what speculative splash) plus commercial cynicism (a preordained determination to plug its readers’ offer.”

Here are today’s other national press front pages:










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Author: Dominic Ponsford

Dominic Ponsford is the editor of Press Gazette