Ok, they haven’t expressed love for the asylum seekers but editors at both mid-market dailies are claiming that they are not biased against asylum seekers. Oh look, a flying pig!
The Daily Express editor, Peter Hill, and the Daily Mail executive managing editor, Robin Esser, were giving evidence to the joint committee on human rights at the houses of parliament.
“I would never put any of my journalists under pressure to write something that they wouldn’t want to write. I would never do that,” Mr Hill told the committee. Mr Esser said: “No journalist on the Daily Mail is ever told to write a story in a particular way.”
For journalists that last statement is probably akin to George Bush stating he had no desire to tell other people how to live their lives. Apparently, the idea that “they are running around looking for inflammatory things to say about asylum seekers is wrong,” adds Mr Esser, which is surely meant to be said tongue-in-cheek?
Daily Express readers believed that 21% of the population were immigrants, Daily Mail readers thought that 19% of the population were immigrants and Guardian readers thought that 11% of the population were immigrants. In reality 7% of the population were immigrants, Mr Travis said.
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