The Daily Mail has thrown a public tantrum over a cartoon which has hurt the team’s feelings. The paper, which rails against ‘liberal snowflakes’ who complain about the rampant prejudice on its pages, is now cry-babying when the target is on its own chest.
The Mail is outraged by a cartoon published by The Guardian in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack in the early hours of Monday 19 June. The attacker allegedly ploughed a van into Muslims leaving their mosque after evening prayers.
The apparently racist attack prompted questions about the role of papers like The Sun and The Daily Mail, which regularly post features like those below.
The Guardian cartoon hit that message hard.
— The Poke (@ThePoke) June 20, 2017
The Guardian‘s frank cartoon sent The Daily Mail team into a fit of the conniptions. The paper struck out with a leader on its front page which read:
And the comment piece itself was like nothing on Earth. The double-think on display is almost admirable in its scale and chutzpah.
First, a breathless introduction…
But then it got weird. The Mail began distancing itself from its own columnists – as if the last half-century of publishing never happened. Apparently, Katie Hopkins and The Mail Online are absolutely nothing to do with The Daily Mail.
This sent Twitter into hysterics.
THE DAILY MAIL AND MAIL ONLINE ARE TWO TOTALLY SEPARATE THINGS, HOW DIFFICULT IS THIS TO GRASP?! pic.twitter.com/zvdedT09D7
— Rick Burin (@rickburin) June 22, 2017
Daily Mail (left)
Mail Online (right) pic.twitter.com/QGIFSwtcl0
— Simon Pegg (@Simon_Pegg) June 22, 2017
And then, suddenly, the paper has always been against UKIP.
With that comment, The Mail ignores entirely the impact of its constant immigrant-bashing. The relentless scaremongering that gives oxygen to the arguments of UKIP.
But it’s the conclusion that makes the breath catch in your chest. Check this out.
The fucking nerve
The sheer fucking nerve of The Daily Mail to cry foul in the face of a cartoon is off the charts. At the height of the refugee crisis, as the body of toddler Alan Kurdi was washing up on Turkish shores, The Daily Mail published its own cartoon. Stanley McMurtry, who goes by the pen name ‘Mac’, produced a chillingly racist cartoon for The Mail – which depicted refugees as marauding soldiers, running into Europe alongside rats. The implication being, they were one and the same.
The image was a direct parallel to antisemitic cartoons published by Nazi propagandists in 1930s Germany.
A cartoon published in The Daily Mail bears a striking resemblance to a Nazi-era anti-Semitic cartoon. pic.twitter.com/QFPg23OMUo
— IlmFeed (@IlmFeed) November 18, 2015
The Daily Mail never apologised or retracted that cartoon. And while we’re at it, how did The Daily Mail treat Jewish refugees of the Nazi holocaust at the time? In 1938, as the Jewish population of Germany began fleeing Hitler, this was the welcome they received from The Daily Mail.
Not only did The Daily Mail propagandise against the incoming Jewish families, but it spent years cheerleading for fascism in general, and Hitler in particular. In 1934, the paper’s owner Viscount Rothermere wrote an editorial personally inviting Britons to embrace both.
The Daily Mail is the armpit of the UK press. It has continued to publish bilious prejudice over its on and offline pages, with total disregard for the consequences. It argues regularly that ‘hate preachers’ in local mosques are a danger to Britain as they could incite terrorism. But it simultaneously denies that its own hate-preaching to 1.4 million print readers and 15 million online readers every day fuels rising Islamophobia in Britain.
Not only are they hypocrites, they are cowards. The Daily Mail regularly denounces decent people as ‘snowflakes’ for calling out prejudice against marginalised communities. And when the shoe is on the other foot, the editorial team melt like ice-lollies in a furnace.
Like most playground bullies, The Daily Mail likes to throw its weight around. But they sure don’t like it up ’em.
– Want to contribute to the increasing democratisation of Britain’s media environment? Read and support independent news outlets that hold the powerful to account:
The Canary, Media Diversified, Novara Media, Corporate Watch, Another Angry Voice, Common Space, Media Lens, Bella Caledonia, Vox Political, Evolve Politics, Real Media, Reel News, STRIKE! magazine, The Bristol Cable, The Meteor, Salford Star, The Ferret.
Featured image via Mail Online/Pinterest
We need your help ...
The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.
Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.
We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.
Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?