The Sun, its management and editorial staff are quick to point out, is not, repeat not, repeat NOT racist in any way, and does not condone bigotry or intolerance. Well, up to a point. What the paper does do is to slant its coverage in such a way as to misinform its readers to the point of turning them against the subjects of incessant and gratuitous negative coverage, with all too obvious consequences.
Accidents happen. But this was not merely any postman, he was a Muslim. And the accident happened during Ramadan. Enter the Sun to tell readers “No jail for Muslim postie who killed dad of eight when he fell asleep at the wheel during Ramadan fast … Sajid Hussein fell asleep after fasting for over 10 hours for Muslim festival Ramadan”. The clear inference is that Muslims and Ramadan done it (the Mail’s effort is similar).
Their comments are as sickening as they are misinformed: “This is our justice system you can't change what we have preached so many times before there's one rule for us and another for them … At a glance it looks like once again the authorities and judges are running scared in case they look like racists - sad day for the UK!! … So? not eating for ten hours and murder is ok? That's the new defense? DERORT HIM! And outlaw anyone fasting who is in control of a vehicle!” And there is, sadly, more.
It’s all about “them” being different to, and being treated differently to, “us”. And it’s reinforced, deliberately and shamelessly, every day of every week by the newspaper on whose website all those comments have been posted - and allowed to stand.
So, Tony Gallagher and pals, rather than getting righteous over your paper’s shitty “journalism”, perhaps you’d like to explain how all these people become so badly misinformed. But you won’t. It’s someone else’s fault, and being an inmate of the Baby Shard bunker means never having to say you’re sorry. No change there, then.