Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Brit Tourists Die Daily: The 'Daily Mail' Monster Business Model

The internet is agog with the news that the Daily Mail gets more traffic than the Huffington Post—some 40 million uniques in a month now. (This is sort of like saying that bacon "gets more traffic" than sausages, in a way: people just like breakfasts meats, just as they adore celebrity nipples.) The Daily Mail, unlike the HuffPo, also sells 1.9 million newspapers a day—astounding numbers to American newspaperpeople. (That's extremely close to the total daily circulation of the Washington Post plus the LA Times plus the New York Times. For real.) Still, almost 2/3rds of their web traffic is from outside of the UK. Their secret isn't just celebrity nipples though, to be fair. It's also old-school, small-town newspaper-style death and disaster. The magical thing about the UK is that their tourists are constantly being murdered in Sarasota or plunging to their deaths in Thai waterfalls. It's like the whole country is the cast of a Final Destination movie. As long as the UK's number one export is woe-begotten folks on holiday, that's cash in the bank.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Even the dead people have to show some nipple.

zidaane (#373)

"Murder scene: James Cooper and James Kouzaris were found dead on this one way street which is off the usual tourist trail"

Some understated reporting there.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

@zidaane I love, love Daily Mail reporting because they never start making that connection until days later, so you can always guess exactly what happened from day 1.

Two Tourists Killed in Sarasota <—clearly buying meth
Bride Kidnapped and Murded in South Africa <—clearly a contract killing by her new husband

It's like a Marlowe novel with no 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc twist.

zidaane (#373)

@Louis Fyne I was wondering if it was meant to be British humor.
If you look at the photo, you can only take that statement as a joke.

Mr. B (#10,093)

Wow — I guess you've got to give them some points for effort, too. The piece on those two doofuses in Florida looks like the threw at least a dozen reporters at it, and reads like a 20/20 special.

"But there is another Florida, a world away from this travellers’ paradise. The peninsula state also has a far darker, seamier, more violent side, where only naive or criminal visitors dare to tread."

You don't say!

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@Mr. B "Similarly, you could be driving through the countryside and then come across a group of primitive huts, made of corrugated sheets or derelict caravans, resembling something that you might find in an African village."

ComradePsmith (#4,477)

@Lockheed Ventura "Away from the all the luxury and glamour of the attractions and hotels, a gun-toting, drug-fuelled menace awaits where people live in abject deprivation on a scale unimaginable in Britain, with our generous welfare state and infrastructure of public services."

So smug, too!

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Lockheed Ventura Yes!

"The rich and famous here don’t just have one swimming pool attached to their mansions, they have two.

Yet within 20 miles you can find the most incredible poverty, either in squalid concrete jungles of housing estates or impoverished shanty towns."

TWO swimming pools, OMG.

LondonLee (#922)

"We used to dreeeeaaammm of havin' two swimming pools. When I were a lad our dad would chuck a bucket of lukewarm dishwater over us…"

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

"Speaking from the family's £300,000 detached house in Winton, Bournemouth, they said: 'We are too upset to speak about what has happened.'"

Housing price is a handy factoid.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Lockheed Ventura It's always more tragic when people who die in nasty ways were well-to-do.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

@Lockheed Ventura God Bless You DM. They publish it in every single story now. They had a picture of the parents' Range Rover and Jaguar for one of the death victims.

ComradePsmith (#4,477)

"Mr Kouzaris is believed to have taught English while living in Taiwan"

They really couldn't get confirmation on this?

deepomega (#1,720)

@ComradePsmith "allegedly"

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

All the reporting is done from mining facebook accounts. Don't know if you have been following News of the World / Phone Hacking, but it's slowly starting to come out that roughly 80% of British journalism was based on directly hacking into people's voice and e-mails.

barleyherb (#3,744)

@Louis Fyne before that paying homeless people to go through bins was reeaaaaaaally popular.

barleyherb (#3,744)

Sorry, I'm confused. Who are the cute guys with the beer? The dead ones in Florida? They look different. In summary, confused.

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