I have a visitor who comes here from Associated Newspapers. Hello, Associated Newspapers person.
Associated Newspapers person has been here to look at 'Who doctored the picture, the Mail or the BNP?' and 'Daily Mail comments and the milk of human kindness'. The things I talked about in those posts either disappeared from the Mail website or got amended. I don't flatter myself to think that this was because of me - plenty of other people mention this sort of thing too - it's not likely to be my fault.
But I do have a question for Associated Newspapers person: do you ever have the same thought as David Mitchell there in that sketch? I don't mean 'do you look at your SS hat and wonder about the skulls?' I'll leave the comparisons with Nazis to your commentators, whether they're saying liberals are fascists, binmen are nazis or all scientists are Josef Mengele.
What I mean is, do you ever reflect on the things you have to fix in your paper - and some of the things you don't - and wonder, 'are we the baddies?'
Record complaints to the PCC for an article that seemed to suggest Stephen Gately died of gayness, having to amend an obviously doctored photo and caption that made the BNP leader look like a victim, approving publication of comments that express joy at a man suffocating to death and the desire for millions more to die. Those are just a quick couple of examples from the last two or three weeks.
There are others that don't get changed - like moaning about black people being on television, worrying about the number of white people leaving the country, scaremongering about vaccines that can save the lives of many people or calling for the compulsory sterilisation of undesirables.* Click the 'Mail' link at the top for more. Or look at this post from Enemies of Reason.
Good guys just don't do that kind of stuff. Aren't they a bit of a signal, like a skull and crossbones on a hat?
Just wondered, like.
*Thanks to Pete hague in the comments at the Daily Quail for that last one, which I added in after the original publication of this post because it was too good a one to leave out.