An investigation into allegations that the Daily Mail participated in Blackface ghostwriting by affixing the names of Black commenters to racist articles they had not written has been opened.
The investigation was conducted by Byline Investigates and Expose News in response to whistleblower Dominique Samuels’ admission that she had agreed to a case of ghostwriting and turned down another request from Daily Mail employees.
A Twitter/X user who questioned if any of regular writer Nana Akua’s writings had been ghostwritten for her or not was blocked by the GB News presenter. The subject has also been posed to Talk TV host Esther Krakue, who has not yet provided a response.
Lester Holloway, editor of The Voice, criticized the Daily Mail in an opinion post he wrote for Hacked Off, a group that advocates for media responsibility, and called for “serious repercussions.” This sparked outrage at the practice.
The statement made on Twitter by author Nels Abbey is accurate: “This is the very racism laundering and diversity drenched racism we’ve been screaming about laid bare.”
Lily Allen, a singer, continued, “This is beyond fked up. Unsurprising, but still fked up. I wish people wouldn’t fall for these polarizing strategies.
Even by the standards of the Daily Mail, this is pretty jaw-dropping, said economist Professor Jonathan Portes.
Ava Evans, a political correspondent for Joe.co.uk, responded to Samuel’s disclosures by saying, “I think… we should be paying a LOT more attention to. discriminatory text that was ghostwritten? Sorry?”
It’s very common for newspapers to hire ghost writers for guest columnists, and I assumed it would be okay because I hadn’t written for them previously, Samuels wrote as the argument heated up. I eventually got enough of the Carnival essay and decided to write it own for this specific topic after having it published by them several times.
“I don’t mean this to be shady, but it’s not standard practice at all,” Ash Sarkar of Novara Media retorted. Regardless of ethics, it makes no sense for a publication to get payment twice.