Kathy Shaidle

When Media Bias Becomes Media Malpractice

Posted on December 15 2009 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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'The Mail has manipulated the mainpicture...'

Today, an obscure but telling report out of the UK shows what happens when professional media manipulation and cowardice meets its match, in the form of vigilant amateur bloggers.

Here’s an excerpt from the original story in the Burton Mail:

A Royal British Legion boss says vandals have “dishonoured those who have given their lives for our country” by defacing Burtonʼs war memorial.

Dennis Fletcher, chairman of East Staffordshire Racial Equality Council, said he suspected someone from the far right was responsible.

“Graffiti of any type is terrible but when it includes racist material it has to be considered utterly unacceptable.”

I was taken aback when I read the very last sentence in this news report:

The Mail has manipulated the mainpicture [sic] to remove some of the content of the message.

Well, at least they admitted it.

What was so offensive and inflammatory that the Burton Mail thought it best to “manipulate” their photo? A UK blogger has the answer. Seems to get the full effect, you have to pull waaaaaaaaay back:

Yeah, I’m pretty sure the “racist” “far right” was responsible for that message. After all, radical Muslims in the UK never ever express such sentiments in public.

Good thing the American MSM would never try to pull a stunt like that!

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