The humiliations of modern journalism

jmoelle danceBack when I worked on papers, I asked my journos to do some pretty embarrassing things.

I once made a junior reporter spend a day in a cage with the local zoo’s new lemur.

I once made somebody spend April Fool’s Day standing in a shop window pretending to be a dummy.

I once made somebody stride through a rough south London high street in a kilt to mark the release of Braveheart.

But I never made anybody do this:

Still, I’m sure the public love the work of the Sunday Telegraph’s Jonathan Moran and Elle Halliwell and their not-at-all despearate attempt to get the attention of the visiting Ellen DeGeneres.

Here’s what the somewhat harsh punters say on YouTube:

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I’m forced to conclude that new editor Mick Carroll must be a thoroughly terrifying man who it is impossible to say the word no to.

Even if he is a little deluded:

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No, Mick. Kids everywhere are not doing the Down Under Dance.

Tim Burrowes


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