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The Sun’s gay witch-hunt

Posted By Sunny On 18th July, 2007 @ 11:16 pm In Media, Moral police | Comments Disabled

I saw this story mentioned in another paper (just to make it clear I don’t read The Sun) and was incensed. The Scum today has a story titled [1] PC’s Facebook ’spanking’ in which it has branded a Police Constable a “security risk” because he has a Facebook page where “visitors to his page are invited to ‘bite, grope, lick or spank’ him.” Half of Fleet Street is on Facebook and anyone with half a brain could explain that most users have a common application installed allowing your friends to do all manner of actions in addition to poking. One can even throw a sheep at you or chest-bump you.

Does this constitute as a legitimate story? No, it constitutes as a witch-hunt just because the PC is homosexual. It’s frightening the extent to which tabloids will go to misrepresent anyone using blogs or social networking sites just because they have a vendetta.

Not long ago the Daily Mail did a [2] hatchet job on blogger (and civil servant) Owen Barder and accused him of comparing Bush to Hitler and said the blog was “sexually explicit” because he had published details of his private sex life. In fact, as [3] Unity and [4] Tim Worstall pointed out, they attributed comments to Barder that had actually been quoted (from other blogs) or made by readers.

It’s become all too typical these days. Is it any surprise bloggers are suspicious of the media?


Comments Disabled To "The Sun’s gay witch-hunt"

#1 Comment By Rumbold On 19th July, 2007 @ 8:39 am

The non-story would only be a story if there was something that could be used to blackmail the policeman. But as he does not care who knows, what is the problem? Perhaps rather than outright homophobia, it is just sensationalism. If a heterosexual lady police officer had done the same thing, you know that it would receive similar coverage.

To be fair to the Sun though, on the same page that Sunny links to, they provide a Bollywood Babes Cricket XI (down the left-hand side).

#2 Comment By Max On 19th July, 2007 @ 9:23 am

The Sun, proprieter Rupert Murdoch.
MySpace, proprieter Rupert Murdoch.
Facebook, proprieter not Rupert Murdoch.

It’s not about homosexuals. It’s about trashing Facebook.

#3 Comment By Rumbold On 19th July, 2007 @ 9:35 am

Good point Max.

#4 Comment By Sid On 19th July, 2007 @ 10:42 am

oooh that’s subtle.

#5 Comment By sonia On 19th July, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

:-) yep

#6 Comment By Chairwoman On 19th July, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

How can you be outraged about something so silly, Sunny?

#7 Comment By Sid On 19th July, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

What’s black and red and Rupert all over?

#8 Comment By El Cid On 19th July, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

can’t see the rupert angle meself.
after all, all publicity is good publicity, innit
can’t see the point of facebook either, although i opened an account a couple of weeks ago, just to see

#9 Comment By Katy Newton On 19th July, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

How could knowing that a transport officer is gay possibly assist terrorists?

“Here’s the plan. This officer is a known homosexual. I checked on Facebook. Therefore Dave will seduce him whilst we sneak past him and blow up the trains. It is foolproof. Oh, sorry, Dave, is there a problem?”

#10 Comment By Billy On 19th July, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

Maybe they should introduce sheep throwing onto MySpace?

#11 Comment By Rumbold On 19th July, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

Brilliant Katy. However, he was a transport officer; he now guards Her Majesty.

#12 Comment By Leon On 19th July, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

Excellent point Max, probably bang on the money too…

#13 Comment By Vladimir On 19th July, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

As one would do in Facebook…

*Vladimir throws a load of Shit at the Sun*

#14 Comment By Katy Newton On 19th July, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

Rumbold - oh. I didn’t spot that. But I feel my point stands nonetheless.

#15 Comment By gforce On 19th July, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

Interestingly The Times (proprietor: R Murdoch) has also been running a Facebook scare story
Apparently Oxford colleges have been using photos on Facebook to identify students breaking the rules, then fining them!
I see a pattern.

#16 Comment By Robert On 20th July, 2007 @ 12:22 am

To be fair to the Sun though, on the same page that Sunny links to, they provide a Bollywood Babes Cricket XI

Which also outraged me. Not one bat, or pair of pads among them.

(Kismet, I believe I have sufficiently set up the joke for you. If you would now like to knock it for six with some suitable witticim about balls and helmets, then I would be much obliged.)

#17 Comment By bikhair On 20th July, 2007 @ 1:21 am

I love face book.

#18 Comment By Anas On 20th July, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

Why do they always target gay witches?


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[1] PC’s Facebook ’spanking’: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007330143,00.html
[2] hatchet job: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=456362&in_page_id=1
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[3] Unity: http://www.ministryoftruth.org.uk/2007/05/20/simon-walters-is-a-lying-scumbag/
[4] Tim Worstall: http://timworstall.typepad.com/timworstall/2007/05/owen_barder.html