Daily Mail pay over £125K to Sally Morgan as an apology for calling her a ‘charlatan’…

Posted on June 20, 2013

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The Daily Mail today had to pay Sally Morgan £125k damages plus legal costs to avoid a lengthy libel battle because of a 2011 story alleging that she used a hidden earpiece to receive instructions from a backstage team.

Morgan looks happy for a woman visited by the dead

Morgan looks happy for a woman visited by the dead

Some people are fail to understand the verdict, understandably.

If the Mail said that Sally Morgan was a charlatan because she pretended to speak to the dead, there would be absolutely no case. Because, believe it or not, Sally Morgan cannot speak to the dead.

If Sally Morgan did decide to sue under those circumstances, the Daily Mail would have to prove that Morgan can’t chat the with deceased and was indeed playing off gullible individuals looking for a sign from a loved one whose death hurt them dearly.

In order to achieve this, the Mail would have to hire solicitors (preferably with a knowledge of the occult and the fabric of reality). They would have to conduct tests, thus proving that the living, and in particular, Morgan, cannot create a bond with those in the afterlife.

They may pose this point to the jury: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, both alive and well… and departed and well.

“If ghosts could visit this plane of existence, crossing the boundaries of mortality, passing through a cold veil of decay, traversing uncountable dimensions, stretching every memory and experience and every other conceivable figment of their being across immeasurable distances. Why? And I stress why.

Why, ladies and gentleman, would the tormented souls who so desperately wanted to visit this imperfect realm, talk to the twisted Sally Morgan?”

*Objection*, “Sally is not twisted your honor”, said Morgan’s solicitor.

“Denied”, said the judge.

Instead, The Mail said that Morgan used an ear piece to spy on her audience, with backstage staff, who, in this age of connection could probably access Facebook for ‘sensitive’ details. Members of the audience have undoubtedly clicked ‘going to Sally Morgan @ the ____’ on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Now, the Mail have apologised for saying that Morgan is a ‘charlatan’, in what has been a very costly escapade. The Daily Mail had no proof that Sally Morgan used an ear piece.

The origin of the accusation is a woman who had attended a Morgan show in Dublin.  Sue phoned the Liveline show on RTÉ Radio 1, and said that she had attended Morgan’s show the previous night and had been impressed by the accuracy of the readings she made in the first half of the show.

The event was summed up in the Guardian: “Something odd happened. Sue was sitting in the back row on the fourth level of the theatre and there was a small room behind her (“like a projection room”) with a window open. Sue and her companions became aware of a man’s voice and “everything that the man was saying, the psychic was saying it 10 seconds later.

“Sue believes, not unreasonably, that the man was feeding information to Sally through an earpiece attached to her microphone. For example, the voice would say something like “David, pain in the back, passed quickly” and a few seconds later Sally would claim to have the spirit of a “David” on stage who – you’ll never guess – suffered from back pain and passed quickly.

“A member of staff realised that several people near the back of the theatre were aware of the mystery voice and the window was gently closed. The voice was not heard again.

“Sue speculated, again not unreasonably given the history of psychic frauds, that the man was feeding Sally information that had been gathered by engaging members of the audience in conversation in the foyer before the show began. This is a technique widely used by psychic fraudsters, as audience members will naturally discuss with each other who they are hoping to hear from “on the other side”, how their loved one died, and so on.

“Subsequent callers to the radio programme supported Sue’s account.

“The theatre’s general manager, Stephen Faloon, claimed that the voice heard by the audience was actually the voices of two members of staff working for the theatre, not someone supplying information to Sally. Sally Morgan Enterprises also denied that the medium was being fed information during the show.”

Whether or not, Sally was being fed information, there is no accessible proof for the Daily Mail, other than this flimsy account of Sue’s, which sadly isn’t enough.

We live in a world where this woman get's a smash hit show

We live in a world where this woman get’s a smash hit show

In 2011, Morgan, who claims to have had her first psychic experience aged nine, refused to take a test to connect with the spirits of ten dead women, set by author Simon Singh, to prove her abilities.

Morgan has performed over 600 shows; her latest séances are priced at around £25 a ticket and are performed in venues across the UK. She also runs a hotline ‘Contact Sally’ which costs £1.53 per minute. Both services are reputedly fantastic value.

No doubt, all eyes will be on Morgan in the future. It’s only going to get more difficult for her to continue operating.

Here’s a final thought to dwell upon. If you were psychic and had the unique power to contact the deceased, would you really call yourself ‘psychic [Insert Name]’? That’s like being in construction and calling yourself ‘Builder Bob’.

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