Victory in Battle Against Fake News

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Relentlessly attacking the mainstream media for publishing fake news, President Trump must be savouring the sweet taste of an apology from a newspaper to the First Lady.

  • Rare Daily Mail and MailOnline apology
  • Alleged Melania Trump “provided “services beyond simply modelling”
  • Damages sought $150m, awarded below $3m
By Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA, edited by User:Calliopejen1

Relentlessly attacking the mainstream media for publishing fake news, President Trump must be savouring the sweet taste of an apology from a newspaper to the First Lady.

The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline website issued an apology to First Lady Melania Trump for publishing allegations that she “provided services beyond simply modelling” in the 1990s and that she and President Trump may have given a misleading account of their first meeting.

“We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her,” writes the Mail.

Trump reportedly sought damages of $150m but will receive less than $3m. The libel settlement is one of the highest ever to go through the British courts.

The original Daily Mail story was published on Aug 20 last year under the headline ‘Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump‘. The article was illustrated with an old photograph of the former model standing naked with her front against a wall but her face turned towards the camera.

Fond of publishing unsubstantiated rumours, the Daily Mail rarely says sorry.

Its widely successful Internet arm, Mail Online, thrives on sensational clickbait and is the world’s most-read English news website, attracting more than 220 million global visitors per month who trawl the site for celebrity gossip and lurid news – not journalistic nuance.