When Morrissey's management started complaining about NME's report on an interview he did with Tim Jonze, they claimed that Tim Jonze had emailed them saying:
The implication being that NME took Jonze's work, and reworked it to make the November interview spawn a monster.
Late yesterday, Jonze posted to the Guardian's website, saying the opposite is true:
Yes, he had his name removed from the article - but because it was weakened, not because it was made stronger, says Jonze:
Jonze admits that the "byline debate" has been a "PR coup" for Camp Morrissey, although since his email to the management was the spark for that sideline, he can't really complain overmuch. There remains a mystery of why, though, of why he sent that email - as Suzanne points out in the comments on the Guardian piece, it seems a little odd to drop an email to someone along these lines:
It all makes Morrissey's threatened court case seem even more unlikely: can you really complain a magazine ripped you to shreds when the person who interviewed you insists you were being treated with kid gloves?
[Thanks again to Duncan]