Such is the hair-trigger of pure petulance that characterises the reactions of those in the Baby Shard bunker that when the Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow mused “Burnham has received some grotesquely negative coverage in the Sun (they seem to be waging a vendetta against him over Hillsborough)”, the paper’s managing editor Stig Abell reacted immediately - and furiously - to refute the idea.
Well, the Sun has bugger all choice but to support the new inquests, especially because they are happening, whatever any of Creepy Uncle Rupe’s faithful retainers say or do. And they can protest all they like: the Sun disrespected the 96 when it re-hired Kelvin McFilth. Sparrow concluded “Hillsborough clearly is a factor in the mix”.
If Andy Burnham never does another decent thing in his life, helping to expose Mackenzie's and the Sun's part in the disgusting Hillsborough neocon propaganda campaign will suffice.
So the Sun has "apologised." So fucking what. If everyone of those scumbags lives to be a hundred and fifty they'll NEVER be able to cleanse themselves of their guilt. What they visited on the victims and their families would stand comparison to anything Goebbels and Riefenstahl did for the Nazis. For that the culprits will always be roundly loathed on Merseyside and by anybody with a sense of decency. The same applies to other Murdoch gobshites like Andrew Neil and Edward Pearce and fellow travellers like Ian Jack.
The fact is, the Hillsborough Disaster has exposed corruption at every level of neocon "society," everything that has poisoned this country since 1979. There isn't a part of our culture which has escaped the effect. Scarcely a week passes without yet another horror surfacing or more far right propaganda that tries to conceal it or divert attention. Murdoch's boot boys, liars and corrupters are merely the the unprincipled megaphone.
When it comes to the crunch, the establishment and its apologists always hate those they most wrong. They're nothing but a gang of cowards.
And that of course is why the Sun and its liars hate Andy Burnham so much. Almost alone amongst Labour politicians - there are some other honourable exceptions - he has stood up and at least had a go at the Nazi gobshites. If only the rest of the Labour Party could summon the same courage we might get back on the road to genuine democracy and decency............
But don't hold your breath.
There was a bit in yesterday's character assassination where, with the usual weasel words, the Sun tried to make it look as if Burnham had blocked calls for the Hillsborough enquiry. 'Faced angry families' or somesuch.
Well, yes. 'Faced' as in 'met and worked with'.
And as the above poster points out, the Sun keeps underlining the fact that it was wrong and has apologised. And again, so what? It engaged in a deliberate smear of an entire city (where, it should be said, may partner and many of our friends hail from) purely because they were northern and a bit lefty.
If the Sun actually wanted to make good with the Hillsborough families, then it wouldn't be just pointing at the half-heared apology it made years later.
It would certainly be paying out compensation; it would certainly remove anyone involved in the newspaper at a senior level at the time - starting with Rupert Murdoch - and publicly commit to never employ them again; it would probably want to remind its readership of its sin on a regular basis. Perhaps by inserting an apology onto its masthead, the way that newspapers will put "newspaper of the year" on the masthead - so "We're sorry we lied about Liverpool fans at Hillsborough" under the Sun logo on a permanent basis.
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