Friday, January 27, 2006

Media Not Mentioning The War Enough

Guess the report into the death of St Jean the Martyr must be even more devastating than we thought. Sir Ian has clearly chosen to follow the Greg Dyke ‘Liberal Martyr’ route. In fact, the subject of choice is even Dykesque – yep, Sir Ian alleges that the media is institutionally racist. And no, he doesn’t mean it in the sense that Laban does.

Of course, you don’t get to be a true Liberal icon simply by coming out with moronic comments, no, they’ve also got to be crude and offensive. The bar is set high, but Sir Ian clears it easily with an attack on the coverage of Soham. He claims that he can’t understand why Soham was such a big story. This is one of those formulations that raises the question: is he really that stupid, or does he just think we are ? Two pretty young girls in a picture postcard village disappear during the height of the silly season, with a photograph taken hours before they were lost and the press jump on it ? Sounds like a job for Mulder and Scully.

In so far as Sir Ian has any kind of point, yes, the media does soft-peddle ethnic crime, but they’re not the only ones. Here’s a poser for Sir Ian: which body shut down a team dealing with the Yardies because they were worried that it unfairly targeted blacks ? I’ll even give him a clue: quite of lot of people you know work there.

The bottom line is that the media doesn’t downplay the extent of the mayhem in ethnic areas because they’re controlled by the Right. Quite the opposite. Seriously, can you imagine if the Daily Mail did an eight page special on, say, the Yardies ? Liberals would be calling for air strikes on their presses.

That’s the irony right there. You couldn’t get a clearer example of why the media avoid reporting on controversial issues in ethnic areas than the sight of a prominent Liberal conjuring up a racial witch hunt despite a complete absence of any of that 'evidence' thing.

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