Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grief-scavenging and the Sun

Preying on corpses and leftovers. Literally.

That's what the tabloids have always excelled at, from the atrocious "Gotcha!" during the Falklands war, through Hillsborough and beyond.

But the pathetic, grief-scavenging that filled the Sun pages in the last few days sinks to new lows, even for Rupert Murdoch's own brand of gutter journalism.

Let's not beat around the bush. What sort of mother is prepared to hand over her grief to a tabloid for cheap political pointscoring while her dead son is still warm? And if this sounds brutal, how would you describe what "Mum-at-War" Mrs Janes and the Sun have done?

Believe it or not, even the Daily Mail -through Stephen Robinson today- found it distasteful, noting that "it is most unfortunate that [Mrs Janes] has found herself and her son's death open to ruthless manipulation by a newspaper with an axe to grind". Robinson added:
"'Outraged Jacqui, 47, hit the phone's loudspeaker button to record the call,' the Sun newspaper reported yesterday, as though that is the most natural thing in the world for a bereaved mother to have done when the Prime Minister rings, before passing on the cassette tape to reporters".

Free of charge, one hopes?


Helen Highwater said...

The Sun should've recommended the poor woman have counselling, not exploit her grief in such a gross manner. Did they encourage her to break the law by recording that phone call?

I didn't realise that the pm wrote letters personally, by hand, to every bereaved parent - I was rather surprised and thought it was a much kinder gesture than a mail-merge print-out.

But hey, it's just as well he did otherwise The Sun wouldn't be able to bully a visually impaired man about his bad handwriting... :-/

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

The Scum once again manages to re-define 'low point'

Chris Baldwin said...

"Evil" is not too strong a word for what The Sun has done to Gordon Brown.