In the wake of the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, many pundits have looked in the general direction of the Super Soaraway Currant Bun to see if, just once, the Murdoch shilling-takers might actually own up to their part in the cover-up, rather than once more blame the Police for supposedly “duping” them. Perhaps their former editor Kelvin McFilth, still a columnist for the paper, would finally make an unequivocal apology.silence on the matter today - one wonders if he’s been told to lay off his constant Merseyside baiting - has come a shameless attempt to demonise the Police, while distancing the Murdoch doggies, who spent the 1980s cheering them on, from anything that might frighten the readers.
In an editorial titled “Police’s Shame”, we are told “THE long history of disgusting failures by South Yorkshire police, its chief now suspended, ought to shut the force for good”. But not the Sun, oh no. And there is more.
“It is not just the blunders at Hillsborough in 1989 and the lies cops told. It’s the brutality against miners at Orgreave in 1984 and the alleged perjury later”. It was the choice of Kelvin McFilth to run the infamous “The Truth” headline, and the choice of others at the paper not to withdraw and apologise later. It was also the choice of Kel and his pals to cheer on the Police at Orgreave, and excuse anything and everything they got up to.
“It’s the blind eye apparently turned to monstrous child abuse in Rotherham over 16 years until 2013”. And the Sun’s 16-year coverage of that is where, exactly?
“It’s the TV coverage they arranged before raiding Sir Cliff Richard’s home”. Which the Sun, along with many other papers, used for several days after the event to boost sales on the cheap by using the event as a stick to beat the BBC.
The fantasy continues with “Police failures and corruption are rife, one chief after another suspended. A third of us don’t trust cops”. Where do you start with this one? That means the Police enjoys a 67% trust rating. A recent survey of attitudes to the press revealed that the Sun enjoyed a positive trust rating of … 8%. And they should call on others?
But do go on. “The leadership crisis is exemplified by London’s abysmal Bernard Hogan-Howe, somehow awarded a new contract despite his multiple disasters”. That’s as opposed to the leadership crisis at the Baby Shard bunker, after the Murdoch press shopped many of its own hacks, and sources, to the cops. And the crisis that may engulf the Sun over phone hacking.
The crisis that can only be compounded by the return of the twinkle-toed yet domestically combative Rebekah Brooks to the top job there. And the ever-present reminder that, after the Sun’s unique shame over Hillsborough, the late and not at all lamented Screws was arguably closed down for less. And what about Leveson 2? Ah, but I forgot for a moment: that’s not just about the Police, but there relationship with the press. Like the Sun.
Rupert Murdoch and his London mafiosi would love to deflect blame elsewhere. But this will not wash. They are guilty as hell on their Hillsborough “coverage”, and there is no use trying to offload and deflect on to the Police. It’s time to Man Up and Own Up.