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Media still peddle lies

Issue No. 2328

The crisis of the top of British society is seeing sections of the establishment turn on each other.

One aspect of the phone hacking scandal is that the cosy and corrupt relationship between the media, politicians and the cops has become frayed at the edges.

The imminent publication of the Leveson inquiry into press ethics is creating a slightly frantic and thoroughly shallow commitment to uncovering stories by the right wing press.

So in recent months the Sun doorstepped a war criminal. In the last week both the Sun and the Mirror confronted a Chelsea fan seen making racist gestures.

But the old methods remain. The Sun this week had Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe on tape defending Jimmy Savile. The tape was apparently leaked from his high security prison.

There is a rather transparent attempt to pretend the tabloids are revealers of the truth as an argument against press regulation.

Socialist Worker is against putting regulation of the press in the state’s hands.

But we have no truck with hypocrites in the media who are happy to peddle the lies and distortions of the establishment but claim to be on the side of ordinary people.

Media bosses profit by printing a view of the world that is aimed to divide and demoralise the force that has the power to get rid of this rotten system—the working class.

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What We Think
Tue 6 Nov 2012, 17:54 GMT
Issue No. 2328
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