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10 September 2018

The Sun thinks publishing 17 pictures of a blonde Tory aide is relevant news

Forget Boris Johnson – here’s a young woman we found!

By Media Mole

In an “article” headlined solely to engage sweaty voyeurs with search engines – “BLONDE AMBITION: Who is Carrie Symonds? Party-loving spin doctor who has grown close to Boris Johnson as his marriage crumbles” – The Sun reveals its news values.

Instead of focusing on, y’know, the former foreign secretary and one of the most powerful politicians in the country, it decided a key component of telling the story of Boris Johnson’s untrustworthiness was to publish 17 – yes, seventeen – pictures of an ex-Tory aide.

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Who cares if the potential future prime minister with a history of adultery has been deceiving his family? Or if his leadership ambitions hang in the balance? Here’s a bunch of personal pictures of a young blonde woman we found on the internet!

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