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Readers Letters ‘You are a blackard of the first water’
Queen mum fans demand Reg hack's head on a plate
Our report on the Yorkshire Evening Post's premature coverage of the death of the Queen Mother caused outrage among royalist Register readers.
Here's one tongue-lashing Lester Haines received from someone who chose to identify themselves only as 'Vagabondo':
You do a diservice to the entire publishing industry by giving print space to that report of the Queen Mother's death. You KNEW it was all made up and you KNEW the manner in which you presented it would leave many believing that the report was true.
You are a blackard of the first water and should be thrashed at dawn and left for the birds to pick thru your inards.
angry with the REGISTER and its sick sense of humor.
'Blackard of the first water'?
Similarly upset was Andre Ludwig in Hong Kong, who fired off the following comments to News Ed Rob Blincoe:
When I think that I put your web site as my starting page I feel regret now. How can you say that the queen mother is dead without even making sure of it? I will send the news to the queen and see how she feels about it. are all your information the same quality?
I'll put back cnn as a starting page instead
change your staff or change your job
Next came threats, such as this one from a confused Noah Senders:
No mention of the death of the Queen Mother in the U.S.A. newspapers, T.V., and on-line.
Where did this story come from?
I read your email every day; but if this is a hoax; then your website is being removed from my computer.
And finally, a lesson for us all from reader Chris Hopkin.
Re. "Elizabeth the Queen Mother is dead - A nation mourns"
I don't think it's appropriate for the reg to run this as the headline. I'm not in any way a Royalist, but I did feel like a right berk when I told others in the office that she's croaked, prior to looking in the content of the article.
Surely putting something like "Queen Mum dead - allegedly" would give readers more of an immediate idea of what was happening?
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