The Sun is in trouble. Years of journalistic malpractice are finally catching up with the venerable tabloid, with employees arrested en-masse on “suspicion” of corruption and bribery.
Associate editor Trevor Kavanagh is upset about this. “Witch-hunt has put us behind ex-Soviet states on Press Freedom”, his editorial thunders. It goes on to detail the humiliation experienced by Sun journalists and their families:
“Instead of being called in for questioning, 30 journalists have been needlessly dragged from their beds in dawn raids, arrested and held in police cells while their homes are ransacked. […]
Wives and children have been humiliated as up to 20 officers at a time rip up floorboards and sift through intimate possessions, love letters and entirely private documents. […]
Nobody has been charged with any offence, still less tried or convicted.
Yet all are now on open-ended police bail, their lives disrupted and their careers on hold and potentially ruined.“
How awful! And it’s not like Sun journalists would ever do such a thing to others, is it?
But wait! what’s this we see next to Kavanagh’s article in the online edition?
That’s right, it’s the Pregnant Man! Let’s take a look at his story.
Don’t forget kids, private lives are for News International employees, not for proles! Particularly queer proles.
Of course, it could be that the Sun is simply asking for contributions because all their journalists have been arrested…
(For more constructive commentary, see this powerful post by Ralph Francis Fox, as well as analyses from Jane Fae and Christine Burns.)