Times hack exploits deaf people to smear Muslims. Until a deaf person delivers a viral takedown.

Iain Martin
James Wright

Times columnist Iain Martin, who describes himself as a “hack/commentator”, seemingly tried to exploit deaf people to smear Muslims on 8 August:

That was until deaf journalist Josh Salisbury fought back with a viral takedown:

Told.

And Salisbury wasn’t finished:

There has been an ongoing debate about Muslim veils since comments from Boris Johnson. The former foreign secretary provoked widespread media coverage after penning a Telegraph [paywall] article comparing veiled Muslims to “letter boxes” and a “bank robber”. While saying he ‘dislikes the burqa’, Martin wrote Johnson’s words were “poorly chosen”.

Johnson now faces a disciplinary panel as a result of his remarks. But the Conservative Party chair will appoint three of the panel members.

Martin gets told, episode 2

Salisbury wasn’t the only deaf person to speak out against the Times columnist:

And people didn’t think much of Martin’s comeback:

Not every deaf person thought the same:

Austerity has hit deaf people hard

The thing is, Martin might help deaf people more if he spoke out about huge cuts to deaf people’s education:

In 2018, a third of councils in England are making cuts of £4m to deaf children’s support services. Families have called specialist teachers a “life-line” for their deaf children.

But Martin is apparently using deaf people to bash Muslims, rather than tackling damaging Conservative austerity. Fortunately, members of that community were around to shut him down.

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