Real Liz Jones mentions Fake Liz Jones

She’s known about it since the beginning but Real Liz Jones has never actually mentioned @LizJonesSomalia in public before – however she dedicates one paragraph to us in her new column The Stasi Paid for the Thought Police, but Trolls Do It for Free.

Yes. That’s the actual title.

When I was on the Somali-Kenyan border, working on a story on the famine, the photographer assigned to my story told me someone was pretending to be me, and was tweeting about how awful it was that my Gucci luggage was getting dusty.

Thanks Liz. We never once mentioned Gucci but there were lots of jokes about Fortnam and Mason hampers.

Hat tip to @zelo_street – his excellent article on her awful article is here. I suggest a read.

Liz Jones’ Somalia article leaked (with notes)

This post was originally published on Tumblr on 14th August 2011.

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I have an exclusive look at Liz Jones’s Somalia article before it was tidied and polished by the bigwigs at the DM
   
Here is her finished piece for reference: Daily Mail.If you’re interested in other such articles then you may like to know that I’ve written a piece for The Lady all about this account, what inspired it and the success it had. That’s for the edition released 16th August.

On an entirely selfish note – I am available for writing work, for marketing work or for media work (that’s my real-life job, mostly) and am always interested in any offers, conversations or paid-employment that you may have to offer. I can be contacted on dailymailreporter@gmail.com should you have any of the above.

On an entirely selfless note, the Horn of Africa still needs our help. It will need our help for many many years to come – and if you haven’t donated yet then I’d strongly encourage you to send just a couple of quid their way. After Liz Jones’ visit I think the continent needs all the assistance it can get.

Finally – I’d like to once more offer my sincerest thanks to everybody who took part. People donated money and engaged with ‘Liz’ on a level I never expected and I can honestly say that it was a joy to be part of. You have restored not only my faith in humanity but in social media too. Thank you again.

Thank you also to Liz Jones. I’m not sure what for – not suing, not reporting us? For just existing? Either way, it couldn’t have been done without her. For better or for worse.

Liz will return. I don’t know when, and I don’t know why – but she will. Maybe when the world needs saving, maybe she the world needs to save her. What I’m trying to say is this – don’t unfollow!

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£20,000 Raised in 60 Hours!

This post was originally published on Tumblr on 5th August 2011

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For someone who has spent much of the last 5 days typing I am now completely stuck for words. Collectively we’ve raised £20,000 in two and a half days – nearly £25,000 if you included Gift Aid.That is bigger, better and more brilliant that I could ever have hoped for. If I’m honest – really honest, like Liz is – I thought we’d maybe raise a couple of hundred quid; I figured 1/20th of the followers would chip in £2 and it would be an interesting experiment.To see such generosity, and such open acceptance of the idea, was overwhelming – people were giving £300, £250, £100… someone donated eBay profits, another – a days wage. Replies have flown in so heavy that I’m unable to name anyone personally – but the constant RT’ing and interaction is hugely appreciated.

Thank you also to the hundreds of people who donated in other ways – through their bank, through text and through DEC directly. Any and all contributions are vitally important.

I’ll blog again when Liz has left Somalia but I just wanted to say a huge thank you, and a huge congratulations. As well as helping the people of East Africa we’ve done some real positive good for Twitter… win win win.

Shall we go higher? £26,000 would buy the East Africans a really beautiful bat sanctuary.

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Liz Jones in Somalia

This post was first published on Tumblr on 4th August 2011.

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Surprise! @LizJonesSomaliais a fake! Oh wow. No-way! Pah! Who knew?About two thirds of you, actually – which is great, because if I’d got 50 negative replies a minute I’d have stopped a long time ago. I’m genuinely delighted that so many people get the joke and totally appreciative of the responses and RT’s. A lot of it is very close to the bone – and if you want to see the best comments from the haters have a look at my favourites.I’ve tried to be really careful about never making famine, drought or death the target of the joke. This account is not about that. It’s about highlighting the crisis in East Africa and opposing the staggering crassness of sending a crossbreed of Glenn Beck and Anthea Turner to Somalia to cover it.

Liz Jones’ new role is highly offensive. It shows an insensitivity far exceeding what we should expect from our press and in our society in general. I could pontificate for hours – but instead here’s 2 articles that express the objections in far more succinct and articulate ways.

Ros Coward, the Guardian  //  Brian Kellett, ‘Raised Expectations’

I’ve always liked those zeitgeist Twitter accounts which pop up from time to time – @ChileanMiner @CatBinLady etc – which are wildly successful for a brief period and rightfully pass on. They get a lot of attention very quickly, and often focus debate on a certain subject. Wouldn’t it be ace if that attention could be used for the power of good?

So. Boo! Surprise again! This is actually a sponsored tweet-drive. Although you didn’t know it yet. Surprise!

I’m doing this for charity now. I want your money.

If you’ve enjoyed the feed so far, and have replied or RT’d then perhaps you’d consider a donation for the DEC East Africa Appeal? There’s almost 6500 people following this account now. If everyone gave just £2 we’d be able to immunise 13,000 children. Tell me that’s not the perfect harnessing of social media?

I’ve set up a Just Giving page. All proceeds go directly to the DEC. Gift aid too. You can pay with debit cards, credit cards, PayPal and direct debit. It’s 100% safe. I don’t see a penny of it. In fact, I’ve put £50 in as an opener.

Please click that link.

Plus – wouldn’t it be really cool if when the real Liz Jones returned from Somalia, ready to blow the story wide open, we’d already done something far better? Instead of just facing the normal hoo-haa she gets each time she writes another one of her gufftastic exhalations she also discovers that we all turned that around and raised a shitload of cash. Wouldn’t that be really satisfying? I think that would be really satisfying.

Also, let’s face it – the Mail seems to think Twitter is all about telling each other what we had for breakfast. We could stick it to them a little bit too.

My Liz Jones will be in Somalia until Sunday, which is when I’m lead to believe we’ll see the first article from the real Liz Jones. We have 3 and a half days.

So. To summarise.

  • Donate £2. Get a funny Twitter feed.
  • Save thousands of lives.
  • Turn all of our anger at Liz Jones into something positive.
  • Stick it to the Mail a little.

Who’s in?

Sincerly

@DMReporter

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Legal stuff: I’m not Liz Jones. I do not claim to be Liz Jones. This is a parody account. I have no direct connection to the Daily Mail or the DEC. Neither organisations are aware of this account or have sanctioned it. I genuinely mean no offence – this account is created as a satire.