The Sun scores a massive own goal by openly treating its English readers like mugs

Support us and go ad-free

The Sun had an interesting take on Boris Johnson’s week of political carnage. After the PM was defeated on numerous counts in the Commons, gave a disastrous performance at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) and lost his government its majority in parliament, the tabloid ‘reported’ this to its readers:

 

But the Sun didn’t share this important ‘news’ with all its readers. That sorry excuse for reporting is what it offered the English. Scottish people, meanwhile, got something entirely different.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free
Played for a fool

The discrepancy between what Rupert Murdoch’s press told its readers in the two countries was glaring:

So according to the Scottish Sun, “floppy” Johnson failed to secure the general election he wanted. But its English counterpart says “dangerous chicken” Jeremy Corbyn is too “cowardly” to give Johnson a general election. It puts the blame for the lack of an election at a different leader’s feet, depending on the readers the Sun is selling it to.

Given the very clear missteps in Johnson’s strategy, and the dramatic fallout of that, it’s blatantly obvious that the Scottish headline is more accurate. So as LBC host James O’Brien says, it seems the Sun is serving up “crap” to its English readers.

He wasn’t the only one to notice either:

Bolstering the argument that the Sun ‘cooks up’ its English content with its ‘mates in Downing Street’, the tabloid pulled a further stunt on 5 September. After Johnson called Corbyn a “big girl’s blouse” during PMQs, a Sun reporter presented one to Corbyn. Purely by coincidence, of course.

Losers

But while the Sun cynically changes its tune at will on who the ‘loser’ is in our politics, there’s one sure fire loser in this game playing. The English people. Media outlets are meant to hold politicians and the powerful to account, on behalf of their readers. They’re not meant to manipulate readers for the good of politicians.

The Sun is not only insulting its readers with this ‘crap’; it’s also damaging their ability to make informed decisions. That’s one reason, among many, why no one should buy the Sun.

Featured image via The Sun/YouTube, The Sun/YouTube and Wikimedia

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us
  • Show Comments
    1. The Sun scores a massive own goal by openly treating its English,
      readers like mugs
      //////
      LOOK voter + resident of U.K./Wales/N-Ireland/Scotland
      I am a free voter I have NO ties to any party in power or out of power full/stop,
      I also pay No fees to any party at all.
      //
      I wish the truth from Boris + Corbyn to tell us the public voter out here.
      How much taxpayer money has been wasted by both Govt parties over the Brexit SCAM on going now?
      (What is the full E.U. bill to us taxpayer so far?)
      //
      Because I wish to know Tory Govt + Labour party the true figures NOW!
      Before any new G.E. in 2019 is held.
      You leaders of both parties may reply to me and I will inform the public plus voter of U.K. of the true or untrue figures, you Both supply me with?
      Or will they be dodgy figures????—As I think they will be Dodgy (rigged figures untrue amounts not true amounts)
      ///
      So before new G.E. in 2019 will Govt main two parties supply me with the figures I ask for here in this post, yes or no? BORIS + Corbyn party leaders.

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.