The Super Soaraway Currant Bun is in its element this morning, as Rupe’s downmarket troops have managed to combine two of their pet hates, righteousness over the NHS and frightening the readers over Scary Muslims (tm). The resulting front page splash, “Sun Exclusive … TOP DOC AXED IN HIJAB BUST-UP … Whistleblower suspended … Scarf ‘spotted with blood’”, must have been music to Tony Gallagher’s ears.supporting article tells “AN NHS consultant has been suspended for revealing how a Muslim surgeon refused to remove her hijab for an operation - even though it broke hospital health rules … Dr Vladislav Rogozov said in a blog that he confronted her as they scrubbed up when he realised she planned to keep the Islamic scarf on during surgery”.
There was more: “He claimed the hijab was spotted with blood from previous operations. But she refused to remove it and walked out, forcing the hospital to find a stand-in … The unnamed surgeon later accused anaesthetist Dr Rogozov, 46, of racial discrimination … She left Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital after a hospital investigation backed Dr Rogozov for enforcing its strict dress code”. Then comes the predictable follow-up.
“But Czech-born Dr Rogozov has now been suspended for revealing the hijab bust-up in an interview with an online blog … In it, he claims other medics had been concerned about the breach of health rules but feared speaking out … He said: ‘No one dared to highlight this issue because they feared being accused of racism’”. Do go on.
“Dr Rogozov also claimed Muslim staff took unscheduled prayer breaks during surgery and alleged a male doctor had recited from the Koran during an operation”. And then we get the Sun making something up to fit. “A source said: ‘Dr Rogozov won’t tolerate anything that puts patients at risk … It has nothing to do with the medics being Muslims. It’s his fear they let their beliefs come before the patients’”.
The use of “a source”, which usually means someone in the Baby Shard bunker, set the Zelo Street alarm bells ringing. So I did a little investigation into Vladislav Rogozov, and after the application of the mystical art known as “five minutes’ Googling”, discovered that he is a self-confessed Islamophobe. But he says so in Czech, so perhaps the Murdoch doggies think they can get away with using him as an authoritative source.
Rogozov has written about Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, under the heading “The rape of children - ‘Easy white meat’”, claiming that “Mosques there are growing like mushrooms after rain”. In a second post, he asserts “Violence is inspired by Islam”. He talks of “The Islamisation of Britain” and the part of Sheffield “where the Muslim population lives”. He says “Islamisation of Europe is a process that is unstoppable and probably irreversible”. And, yes, in another post he admits he has become an Islamophobe.
Given Vladislav Rogozov’s admission, one might have thought the Sun would at least get a second source to back up his claims. But that thought would clearly have been misplaced: kicking those Scary Muslims (tm) takes precedence, along with frightening the readers. After all, his blog is in Czech, and that’s foreign, innit? Busted, Murdoch clowns.