Freedom of the press

24 June 2010 § 2 Comments

You have to love the British tabloid press: no one understands or panders to their readers’ prejudices like they do. Foremost among these paragons is The Sun, which today ran a front-page picture of England’s footballers (who, having scraped a win in their final group game yesterday, will now play Germany on Sunday) under the headline ‘Job done…now for the Hun’. Makes you proud, it really does.

FUN IN THE SUN

I wish my job was writing
Front-page headlines for The Sun;
No fear or favour anywhere,
Offending just for fun
And feeling justified
In calling Germany ‘the Hun’.

I’d have a licence to insult
Belittle, shame, abuse:
My petty spites and prejudice,
All my outrageous views,
Would gain respectability
Because they were the news.

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§ 2 Responses to Freedom of the press

  • slpmartin says:

    It is somewhat sad to think that people still hold such views…but alas this is a worldwide problem…prejudice knows no borders.

  • gonecycling says:

    Very true. ‘Cut off his head to make yourself look tall’ seems to be the prevailing philosophy.

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