The Daily Mail is in the headlines again after the tabloid ran an article with a headline about a man who has become a poster child of tabloid fodder.
The article, which has since been removed, reported that the former boxer, who is believed to be in his 50s, “has become a huge poster child among a generation of young men who are obsessed with the tabloid world.”
He is reported to be a fan of “the sensational” stories being shared by the tabloid and to have also “had a long-standing interest in a number of different TV shows, including the BBC’s Top Gear.”
The article goes on to say the man is “unapologetic about his interest in the celebrity gossip media,” saying he is “a huge fan of the BBC show Top Gear” and “has been watching every episode on repeat since he was a child.”
The former boxer is described as “a man of great integrity” by the Daily Mail.
The story was quickly taken down from the Daily Mirror website after the article was posted on Facebook.
The former heavyweight champion also appeared on the show, which is based in the U.K.A. but has since moved to its U.S. home.
The Daily Mirror was quick to defend the article and said it was “an honest attempt at reporting what we know to be true.”
“It’s a bit of an attempt to tell the truth, but in the end, the reality is that a lot of people are fascinated by the sensational,” said the Daily Telegraph’s public editor, Michael Glynn.
“We don’t like it, but we accept that there’s a lot to it.
We don’t know why he’s attracted to it, and that’s the interesting thing about tabloid journalism.”
The Daily Express was also quick to condemn the article.
“The Mail is a tabloid rag, not a newspaper,” said a spokesman for the tabloid.
“This is a deeply-rooted obsession among some young men, which we know very well.”