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  • Sun forced to apologise

    by Sunny
    17th January, 2007 at 8:56 am    

    I think the toothless Press Complaints Commission has finally managed to force The Sun to do what it really hates - apologise for lying. Remember the ‘Brave heroes hounded out by Muslim yobs‘ story it splashed on the front page, that we pointed out was a lie (thanks to Unity, obsolete and Clive)? Guess what, The Scum finally apologised on Monday - only three months after with four lines of regret. I wonder how many other lies Rebekah Wade has slipped under the radar (via obsolete and d-notice).

    No apologies from Tory MP Philip Davies who told the non-existent “Muslim thugs” to “f*** off” or Migrationwatch. We also await retractions from uber-nutcase Melanie Phillips and Jihad Watch who tried to run a mile with the story.

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    1. Clive Davis

      TV …

      At last, Big Brother becomes public service broadcasting. I was just listening to the Five Live phone-in about the Shilpa business, and thinking it’s ages since I’ve heard such an open debate about race. (Although I see that Bryan Appleyard…

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    1. Bert Preast — on 17th January, 2007 at 10:51 am  

      Retractions should surely be accorded the same space as the original story was, or at the very least half as much. The PCC should bring it into their rules and guidelines.

    2. StrangelyPsychedelique / Kesara — on 17th January, 2007 at 11:06 am  

      …and yet people will still buy this kack. They kinda deserve to be lied to imo…

    3. Kismet Hardy — on 17th January, 2007 at 11:21 am  

      I work around Wapping and often drink with the subs from News of the World. The most important thing is the headline, then the search for the perfect picture to suit the headline (unless an unexpected gem of a picture is handed to them by a pap), then it’s the angle and then come the story itself. When you tell a news story where the importance of facts is placed at number 4 then, well, it’s no surprise News International have the best team of publishing lawyers in the world…

    4. douglas clark — on 17th January, 2007 at 11:27 am  

      StrangelyPsychedelique / Kesara,

      I don’t think people should be lied to, especially when it is just fuelling prejudice. I agree with Bert Preast that newspapers get off far too easily with apologies. A headline in the Sun that said “We’ve Told a Whopper!” would be entirely appropriate in this case.

    5. Kismet Hardy — on 17th January, 2007 at 11:43 am  

      They do eventually apologise, even if it takes 17 years. That’s how long it took to come clean about Hillsborough…

    6. ZinZin — on 17th January, 2007 at 4:32 pm  

      Kelvin McKennzie still stands by his Hilsborough front page.

    7. Nyrone — on 17th January, 2007 at 8:12 pm  

      I’m guessing the correction was on the bottom left-hand corner of page 27. It’s always the same, the lie written in font size 50 and the truth in size 10.

      Melanie Phillips is great! She actually foams at the mouth on interviews, I crack out the popcorn when that loser is on my screen.

    8. Bert Preast — on 17th January, 2007 at 8:23 pm  

      I crack one out, too.

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