Daily Star is sorry for Grand Theft Auto Raoul Moat blunder
Journalism at its best
It was a hoax of course, but it would be much too kind to describe the Star as a victim. The paper compounded its error by mocking up a fake cover (see here ) and by soliciting a response from the grandmother of Moat's girlfriend.
Today the Star issued a long, grovelling apology. Among other thing, the paper - motto: Simply The Best 7 Days a Week- admits it didn't check up the story with Rockstar Games, a mistake, for which it must pay substantial damages.
Rockstar is donating the windfall to charity.