If you don’t know who Dan Wootton is, I regret to be the one to bring his existence to your attention. He’s the former showbiz editor for the thankfully euthanized News of the World.
You will of course be aware that two major news stories broke over the weekend. The heinous, calculated and long time in the planning massacre of some 80 people in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, and Amy Winehouse’s death.
When Amy’s death started trending on Twitter I turned to the BBC News channel and Sky News for validation. Both were reporting the unfolding developments in the Norwegian tragedy and after a while, BBC News mentioned they were getting reports surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse. Eventually both news channels got reporters to Amy’s flat in Camden and covered the story comprehensively, giving us what they knew. However, the lead story on both channels was quite clearly, and rightly, the mass killings in Norway.
Dan Wootton and his band of celeb junkies weren’t happy with this and made their disatisfaction clear. It was at that point that Twitter blew up and hurled the greatest levels of abuse I’ve seen yet at him.
The most telling tweet he sent was the one where he says “I am sad because I know we would have done the story real justice.”
The truly bizarre thing is that just hours before he had tweeted about the horror of the Norway atrocity. So it seems he just felt that it wasn’t that important a “story.” Have a look and make your own mind up.
No. Horrific news. RT @: Norwegian police say killings are of "catastrophic dimensions", may rise above 80
OMG. Amy Winehouse dead. I'm shaking.
Still shaking. We may have expected it, but this is the news I never wanted to discuss. Amy Winehouse was a massive talent. Devastating.
@ devastated there isn't a News Of The World to run a special 8 page Amy pullout?
@ I am sad because I know we would have done the story real justice.
@ How would you have done the story justice? Got the facts straight off her voicemail? You pathetic, odious lil man.
I agree RT @: Terribly depressing news about amy winehouse and utterly remarkable neither itv or bbc bulletins lead on it
Just seen the Sunday Mirror front page at Sky News. They haven't splashed on Amy Winehouse in first edition. Very strange decision.
Sky News paper review at 8.40am and 9.40am. Will be discussing the tough choices for editors with Amy's death and the Norway tragedy.
"Editors have to make a tough choice between 91 murdered kids and a self-destructive person who sang nice songs" Dan Wooton (paraphrased)
It would appear there is a celebrity columnist called Dan Wooton who can't accept that the major news agencies are leading with Norway
@ @ Amy all the way for me. Norway is a day old. Amy is an icon gone.
RT @: Rightly or wrongly, the entire nation talking about Amy. Broadcasters incredibly out of touch not to recognise this
I swear if I see dan wooton I'm gonna punch him in his fat round face! He is now in the sky studios #mediawhore
Dan Wooton is a despicable piece of filth.I actually hope to meet him one day to tell him in person.
Can't believe Dan Wooton tweeted this " Amy all the way for me. Norway is a day old. Amy is an icon gone" .. what a bell-end.
I can't believe Dan Wootton tweeted that stuff about Norway being a day old and ITV & BBC being disgrace for not leading with Amy. Vile man
Can all agree that Dan Wootton's Amy Winehouse coverage has been the worst audition for a job since Darius did "baby one more time"?
Nice to see Dan Wootton's got himself a new, post-NOTW job: Official faux-sensitive ghoul to the legacy of Amy Winehouse. #Lorraine
Wish we could debate the news agenda without personal abuse. People are allowed to express their opinions on what should lead the news.
And those are just the tweets I could publish.What do you think?
For more about this story read Annie Eaves’ brilliant piece on the subject