Get into a disagreement with ubiquitous celebrity reporter Peter Ford on Twitter, and he may well send you a postcard.

In recent days, radio host Meshel Laurie and lawyer Lydia Shelly have both shared the cards Ford sent them after they blocked him on Twitter, in both instances over disagreements about the best way to deal with anti-Islam comments such as those made by Channel Nine host Sonia Kruger.

Laurie and Shelly were less than pleased with the approach, with Shelly querying why he tracked her down at her work and Laurie calling it “sad”.



We asked Ford what was up with the postcards. He said he was somewhat perplexed by the negative reaction. The postcards were sent to publicly available work addresses, so he’s not sure what boundaries he’s stepped over. We asked him if he always sent postcards to those who blocked him on social media, and he said he sent out a lot of postcards for all sorts of reasons.

“There’s very few people in the showbiz world who haven’t had a card or note from me at some time. It’s just what I do,” he said. “It’s a bit old-school, but sooner or later you run into people, and I don’t like there to be hard feelings.”

To be fair, in the case of the postcard to Shelly, Ford’s card repeated the criticism about her that led her to block him in the first place. The postcard to Laurie is more conciliatory.

Ford said it’s not the first time he’s posted something to Laurie — he was in touch to congratulate her on her work raising money for sex abuse victims to confront George Pell in the Vatican. “If Meshel wants to call me sad and desperate, that’s fine.”

“Amazing that in 2016 someone writing to someone at a business address in a polite and professional way is considered newsworthy.”

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
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