Labour leader Ed Miliband is locked in a heated row with the Daily Mail over an article on his Marxist academic father headlined "the man who hated Britain".
He says the story about the late Ralph Miliband's political beliefs was a "character assassination" and "smear".
The Daily Mail has refused to apologise, printing a lengthy editorial of its own next to the piece in Tuesday's paper, entitled "An evil legacy and why we won't apologise."
The paper called Miliband's response "tetchy and menacing", adding that "Red Ed's in a strop with the Mail".
But a simple search on Twitter for 'The Daily Mail' has shown public opinion is not in favour of the Mail's defence.
In fact, at the time of writing, The Huffington Post UK failed to find a single tweet in defence of the Mail's editorial angle.
At the same time this image has rapidly been making the rounds on social media sites, in reference to the Mail's history:
I dunno, is this a good time to tweet a pic of Daily Mail founder wooing Hitler in 30s when EdM's Dad fought fascism? pic.twitter.com/np8BOrYNnV— ben stewart (@benstewart999) October 1, 2013
RT this please: Daily Mail SUPPORTED Hitler fascism yet smears Ralph Miliband who fought Nazism on the beaches on D-Day #disgustingsmearmail— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) October 1, 2013
The Mail have overdone it with their attack on Ralph Miliband. He was left wing, so what? Hardly 'evil'. Or am I falling for click bait?— Alex Crowley (@alexkcrowley) October 1, 2013
Will the Daily Mail just piss off already. It's like having that embarrassing racist grandparent at a party.— Harry Thomas (@_harrybo) October 1, 2013
I'm no fan of Ed Miliband but what the Mail is doing is vile, disgusting, and as worthy of the term 'journalism' as dog mess. Despicable.— Craig (@jorgalbertz) October 1, 2013
Can someone just get on with it and fold the Daily Mail into the ground - the worst rag there is. The Ed M smear is a new low #dailyfail— EBK (@DJEBK) October 1, 2013
Just waiting for the Daily Mail to start Yo Mama jokes about the Milibands...— Rahul (@RahulMehhh) October 1, 2013
I think the only kind of Britain Ralph Miliband would have hated is 'Daily Mail Britain'. Spiteful, vile, only gets worse when reiterated.— Jack Butler (@jackbutler92) October 1, 2013
How can ANYBODY condone the Daily Mail & it's hate campaign of Ed Milliband #dontreadrubbish— Janet Patricia Brown (@ringward) October 1, 2013
I don't particularly like the Labour Party to be honest with you but what the Mail has done will make people like me vote for them.— Katie Collis (@her_welshness) October 1, 2013
Honestly sickened by the Daily Mail's attack on a dead man who served in the Royal Navy. RIP Ralph Miliband.— Blef (@blefuscu74) October 1, 2013
Labour Leader Ed Miliband
Age: 43 Married to: Justine Thornton Children: - Daniel Thornton - Samuel Stewart Thornton
He can do a Rubix cube in 90 seconds. Miliband confirmed this rumour to the Daily Mirror, saying he could complete the puzzle in a more modest-sounding "one minute and 30 seconds".
TV? He hasn't got time. The Labour leader says he used to enjoy Eastenders, but can't spare the half hour four times a week to sit down and watch it anymore. We don't blame him, that works out as spending just over four days watching the soap every year.
He's famous enough to have a list of fake facts written about him. <a href="http://mycrippledeagle.wordpress.com/tag/ed-miliband-facts/" target="_hplink">Want to know some of the fake facts about Miliband?</a> <blockquote> When Ed Miliband went on the Jeremy Kyle show, the lie detector results simply read, "Awesome". When Ed Miliband slices pizza, every slice is always exactly the same size. Ed Miliband invented Cillit Bang. Ed Miliband climbed Everest... in his lunch hour. Ed Miliband co-wrote Liberty X's number one single, 'Just A Little'. Ed Miliband COULD put Humpty Dumpty together again.</blockquote>
Miliband attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford (pictured) then London School of Economics, becoming a TV journalist before he went into politics.
In 2002/3 Miliband spent a year and a half teaching economics at Harvard University.
The "not Dave?!!!" speech
The "one nation" speech, Labour Party Annual Conference 2012.
The "upcoming leader?" speech, Labour Party Conference 2009
The "gay marriage" speech, 4 February 2013
The "better future" speech, 3 October 2012