Originally Posted by GMMegaFan
GM said he thought he was talking to Parsons for a record company profile and then found it ended up in the Daily Mirror. I would not give Tony Parsons the time of day for all the bitter stuff he has written over the years, especially when GM was fighting for his life in Dec 2011
Tony Parsons has been excommunicated since an interview Michael assumed was for a record company biography turned up in The Mirror. Over three days.
"I'd talked to him as a friend. Even though I was telling the truth, it was degrading in Mirrorspeak. I didn't want to talk about important things in The Daily Mirror. I lost dignity."
I love George, but this makes no sense. If he knew it was for a 'record company biography' he knew it was for publication, albeit in a different publication. Once something is published anywhere, however obscure, it is liable to be picked up and syndicated elsewhere. And if a journalist has turned a tape recorder on, you know it is for publication not 'talking as a friend'. When you want to go 'off the record' you ask for the tape to be turned off. GM was not a naive media user by this point. I do agree Parsons articles in 2011 were tasteless but I do get the impression he genuinely regretted and was bemused by how George from his perception had changed with addiction over the years.