• "NME says sorry to Morrissey for the misunderstanding over 2007 article" - NME.com; libel case closed

    UPDATE 11:00 AM PT:

    Link posted by joe frady (original post) with additional info:

    NME apologises to singer Morrissey over article - BBC News

    The NME has publicly apologised to singer Morrissey over an article it published in 2007, which, the singer claimed, suggested he was racist.

    Excerpt:

    An NME spokeswoman said the magazine was "pleased it has buried the hatchet" with the singer.

    She added the matter of the libel case was now closed and that the settlement did not involve payment of any damages or legal costs.

    The case had been due to go to trial next month after Morrissey won a pre-trial hearing against former NME editor Conor McNicholas and IPC at the High Court last October.



    George M sends the link:

    NME says sorry to Morrissey for the misunderstanding over 2007 article - NME.com
    NME says sorry to Morrissey for the misunderstanding over 2007 article

    In December 2007, we published an article entitled 'Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again'.

    Following this, Morrissey began proceedings for libel against us. His complaint is that we accused him of being a racist off the back of an interview which he gave to the magazine. He believes the article was edited in such a way that made him seem reactionary.

    We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist; we didn’t think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way. We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best.


    UPDATE 11:00PM PT:

    Scan of NME print edition, page 11 posted by Iona Mink:






    Related item:

    Comments 177 Comments
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Why wait 5 years to apologise? Take it to court regardless morrissey!

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Harsh Truth's Avatar
      Harsh Truth -
      Well that clears that up.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Because's Avatar
      Because -
      Quote Originally Posted by Harsh Truth View Post
      Well that clears that up.
      Hope so, wouldnt bet my bottom dollar on it.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Does this article, with the removal of the "turn up at court" announcment mean that Morrissey accepted the online apology ?

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Martin's Avatar
      Martin -
      How appropriate. Just a month away from the High Court hearing.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. MozAngeles818's Avatar
      MozAngeles818 -
      Wasn't the issue though that Moz wanted them to publish it in one of their magazines?

      0 Not allowed!
    1. joe frady's Avatar
      joe frady -
      From the withdrawn tty post a month back ~"The NME recently offered to apologize to Morrissey by offering space on nme.com, but not within the printed magazine. This offer was rejected as disproportionate to the damage done to Morrissey by the NME magazine itself."

      So the test will be if anything appears in the magazine tomorrow.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by MozAngeles818 View Post
      Wasn't the issue though that Moz wanted them to publish it in one of their magazines?
      Stuff is often posted on their website in advance of appearing in the magazine.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. mozmic_dancer's Avatar
      mozmic_dancer -
      I'm no legal eagle, but does this letter indicate that there has been a settlement reached out-of-court?

      There is nothing that can change my mind in believing that the NME was out to paint Morrissey as a racist. The article in question compared Morrissey's views on immigration are in line with the views of the BNP. Then, there is that history of racist accusations going back to 1992 and a lesser extend, to when he was with the Smiths.

      Of course, this matter is almost insignificant compared to the other dealings involving the publisher rewriting the author's interview/article. Did Morrissey have a tape recorder on hand for that interview?

      Someone did.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. mozmic_dancer's Avatar
      mozmic_dancer -
      **EDIT** Frady is right. TTY did mention that. This letter may be just some formality the lawyers told the NME to do.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. joe frady's Avatar
      joe frady -
      Quote Originally Posted by mozmic_dancer View Post
      I'm no legal eagle, but does this letter indicate that there has been a settlement reached out-of-court?

      There is nothing that can change my mind in believing that the NME was out to paint Morrissey as a racist. The article in question compared Morrissey's views on immigration are in line with the views of the BNP. Then, there is that history of racist accusations going back to 1992 and a lesser extend, to when he was with the Smiths.

      Of course, this matter is almost insignificant compared to the other dealings involving the publisher rewriting the author's interview/article. Did Morrissey have a tape recorder on hand for that interview?

      Someone did.
      Merck recorded it. Seemingly the NME/McNicholas thought that if they printed the actual words Morrissey said but in reply to completely different questions than the ones Jonze asked of Morrissey, then that would be just peachy.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. GlasgowChivas's Avatar
      GlasgowChivas -
      I'm of mixed feelings over this 'apology'. On one hand, it attempts to deflect just how serious the attempted character assassination was on Morrissey; the NME under McNichol was out for blood and headlines and scored both with that 'interview'. By characterising it as a 'mis-understanding' they're effectively absolving themselves of blame - it's the equivalent of a teenage "Well, i'm sorry if you're offended but I didn't mean it" sulk. I really can't see Morrissey accepting this as good enough, even if it does make it to the print version.

      However, Morrissey has proven to be his own worst enemy many a time before and I don't believe that pursuing this in court will do him any favours. His wit and evasiveness, while sparkling in interviews, is not suitable for the High Court, as *the* court case showed. I fear he would only invite more trouble for himself if he pursuses it further. I hope he acknowledges his victory over the eNeME, dissmissies their apology as pathetic but stops action against them. Moz, please, take the easy way and give in.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. celibate's Avatar
      celibate -
      hand over the cash eNeMEy

      no apolgies, you've gone way too far, your magazine, even 1 of that journalist told the truth about
      the racism 1992 Issue [Madstock, 1992, This Alarming Man] to have go at Morrissey, it was
      time to destroy his fame in a great intervieuw, before the eNeMEy was somehow suporting
      and positive about Morrissey

      Up to now, take yer apologies where the sun don;t shine, you gonna pay for the damage you
      did about Morrissey's fame in the UK [plus parts of the interviuew were translated and published in several magazines around the world]. the Court will be this time in favour for Morrisssey, and he'll ask a huge amount of money because it
      hold labels and agents, venues, etc. not to do bussiness with Morrissey...


      The Courtcase regarding Morrissey vs eNeMEy

      the magazine guilty of false rascim acusions and hate campain against Morrissey!

      *knock*
      350,000 BP to pay by the magazine to Mr Morrissey
      *knock*

      Out!

      0 Not allowed!
    1. jdbabz's Avatar
      jdbabz -
      Dear Morrissey, We are soooo sorry that you were stupid enough that you misinterpreted our article and thought we were calling you a racist. Yours sincerely the NME. (Yea umm nice job NME)

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Johnny Barleycorn's Avatar
      Johnny Barleycorn -
      About time. Fucking rag should be closed down.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Oh my god, it's Robby!'s Avatar
      Oh my god, it's Robby! -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdbabz View Post
      Dear Morrissey, We are soooo sorry that you were stupid enough that you misinterpreted our article and thought we were calling you a racist. Yours sincerely the NME. (Yea umm nice job NME)
      that's about exactly how I read it as well
      but, is there any money in NME anyways?

      0 Not allowed!
    1. joe frady's Avatar
      joe frady -
      Quote Originally Posted by GlasgowChivas View Post
      I'm of mixed feelings over this 'apology'. On one hand, it attempts to deflect just how serious the attempted character assassination was on Morrissey; the NME under McNichol was out for blood and headlines and scored both with that 'interview'. By characterising it as a 'mis-understanding' they're effectively absolving themselves of blame - it's the equivalent of a teenage "Well, i'm sorry if you're offended but I didn't mean it" sulk. I really can't see Morrissey accepting this as good enough, even if it does make it to the print version.

      However, Morrissey has proven to be his own worst enemy many a time before and I don't believe that pursuing this in court will do him any favours. His wit and evasiveness, while sparkling in interviews, is not suitable for the High Court, as *the* court case showed. I fear he would only invite more trouble for himself if he pursuses it further. I hope he acknowledges his victory over the eNeME, dissmissies their apology as pathetic but stops action against them. Moz, please, take the easy way and give in.
      This pretty much nails it.

      It was a reprehensibly shoddy piece of journalism by some coked-up rich kids, but NME will be dead by year's end anyway. Morrissey has an apology, lame as it may be, from NME/McNicholas and Quanitck/The Word. He should walk away from this one, save himself the grief and cash and find himself a drummer. The High Court dock is one venue that Morrissey should avoid completely; "Unlimited self-sabotage", etcetera...

      Hello GC

      0 Not allowed!
    1. mozmic_dancer's Avatar
      mozmic_dancer -
      Quote Originally Posted by GlasgowChivas View Post
      ...However, Morrissey has proven to be his own worst enemy many a time before and I don't believe that pursuing this in court will do him any favours. His wit and evasiveness, while sparkling in interviews, is not suitable for the High Court, as *the* court case showed. I fear he would only invite more trouble for himself if he pursuses it further. I hope he acknowledges his victory over the eNeME, dissmissies their apology as pathetic but stops action against them. Moz, please, take the easy way and give in.
      As frightening as it is to imagine Morrissey on the wit-less stand (especially memories of his behavior during the Smiths Trial) nothing, not even his smart-ass mouth, could change the fact that he is right, and when you are right, you stay right.

      I think with the NME/Morrissey history, the recordings, and the recent brouhaha over the Murdock Hacking scandal, where all journalist practices are being scrutinized, the planets seem aligned to be in his favor.

      0 Not allowed!
    1. Oh my god, it's Robby!'s Avatar
      Oh my god, it's Robby! -
      well, with hindsight
      if his court trial results in NME actually going under, then he should keep going
      if not, then forget it

      0 Not allowed!
    1. CrystalGeezer's Avatar
      CrystalGeezer -
      I'm with GC on this. "I'm sorry you don't like what we said." is essentially all this apology amounts to, but pursuing it is taxing on the psyche and we're reading deeply into it, yet most people will read the headline and think "Hmm. The NME apologized to Morrissey." and move on.

      0 Not allowed!