Sometimes comments made, articles written and headlines splashed are overtaken by events in such a way that they seem callous and insensitive, when that may not have been the intention, however pointed the gesture. Those who then hold their hands up and admit they got it wrong at least recover some credit from the ruins of their reputations.
Not sure what I mean? Consider the ill-timed remark made by pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins after a Police helicopter crashed into the Clutha Bar in Glasgow. She had not known about the crash. She apologised. Yes, not even Hatey Katie would go that far. But the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, who have their orders for the General Election campaign, most certainly would. And they have done.
Today’s front page Sun splash, which would have been decided upon and green-lighted well before the Manchester attack, is a predictable escalation of their demonisation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over past contacts with Sinn Féin leaders. So it was never going to be subtle: “Labour Exclusive … BLOOD ON HIS HANDS … Ex-IRA killer’s Corbyn verdict” screamed the headline. “Ex-IRA killer”?
You read that right: “Jeremy Corbyn boosted morale of IRA killers with his support and prolonged the violence leading to more deaths, IRA killer reveals … Sean O’Callaghan claims Corbyn's solidarity encouraged the IRA to 'prolong the violence’”. The Sun is now so desperate that it’s prepared to take a double murderer who turned Police informer at his word - so long as that word fits their Labour-bashing agenda.
That much was bad enough, and suitably shaming for the paper’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn, under whose byline this appears. But all those hours after news emerged that there had been a bombing in Manchester, with more than 20 dead as a result, one might have expected that even the Murdoch goons would stop and think. They did not. Instead, they doubled down for maximum effect.
Today’s Sun Says editorial, which rants “The harm done by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell sucking up to the IRA … Labour pair were snivelling IRA fanboys as it unleashed slaughter on Britain … FOR Labour it does not get more damning. Innocent people were murdered specifically because Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell sucked up to the IRA”, was not committed to their website until 0235 hours today. It was revised at 0950 hours. Still it remained live. It’s still there now (1100 hours).
You read that right, and this post includes a screen shot to prove it. The Sun could, and should, have pulled that front page splash as soon as it became clear that they could have been accused of trying to use the Manchester attack to denigrate Labour. Instead, they deliberately doubled down on their Labour bashing MORE THAN FOUR HOURS after the bombing - when they would have known the full extent of the horror.
The Murdoch goons claim that someone else is a disgrace. They are wrong. The real disgrace is their vicious and premeditated attempt to use the Manchester bombing to reinforce their crude and dubiously sourced copy. Once again - don’t buy the Sun.