March 9, 2021•222 words
If we are to believe The Society of Editors
The UK media is not bigoted and will not be swayed from its vital role holding the rich and powerful to account
Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, said it was untrue that sections of the UK press were bigoted.
Remind me, which UK media organisations did Katie Hopkins work for? You know, Katie Hopkins: the person who compared migrants to cockroaches and who lied that a photograph of a dead Syrian boy on a beach had been staged; the person who said that dementia sufferers should not block hospital beds. The person who, eventually, was permanently suspended from Twitter in June 2020 for multiple violations of their hateful conduct policy.
Because Katie Hopkins is not at all bigoted: of course she's not. And if she was, why, the people who hired her could not have known she was: after all, it's not their responsibility what awful lies the people they pay produce, is it? Merely employing a bigot (not, I repeat, that Katie Hopkins is a bigot) to spew hate does not raise any questions, at all, about the organisation that employed them, does it? And anyway that's all long in the past now, isn't it? None of that happens now. Of course not, no.