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December 23, 2010

The special relationship between the Daily Mail and the English Defence League has been noted on this blog before, and continues today with what the Mail claims are Wikileaks revelations.  Martin Robbins has written an excellent post about them regurgitating their own story from 2008, and Five Chinese Crackers has also covered the story here: Remember kids – the Daily Mail is not friends with the EDL.

Predictably, this story has been greeted with ghoulish glee on EDL facebook pages, although they are posting the churnalised version from the Sify news website.  These particular threads have moved on somewhat since the screenshots were taken, but you can see them here, and here.

The comments from the Mail article are also very interesting.  In amongst the usual “send them home” stuff, there are several like these:

This is one reason I will be voting BNP in the bye election next month.Con/Lib/Lab will do nothing until it is to late, just like most votersA perfect reason to vote BNP.
Are we surprised? No not at all……it’s what the EDL and BNP have been saying for some time now.
More and more it is coming to look as if only the BNP might save Britain.
One commenter has noticed the mixed messages sent out by the Mail:
Yes DM and when groups like the BNP and EDL stand up against this you lot are quick to scream fascist, racist, scum etc. You call them right wing extremists, well they aren’t they’re just right.Stop the double standards DM and let us all know which side of the fence you really sit on.
The “We condemn the EDL,” line isn’t terribly convincing, because the style and content of Mail reports concerning Muslims is overwhelmingly negative.  With that in mind, I think everyone knows which side of the fence The Mail is on.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 1:49 am

    How the Mail can continue to print such stuff and simultaneously claim to denounce groups like the BNP and the EDL is utterly beyond me.

  2. Alun Carr permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:17 pm

    The Mail will be on any side that maintains profits and appeals to their readership. Expect some flip-flopping and a lot of hypocrisy in the name of Mammon. Expecting Mail/Express/Sun/Star/Telegraph readers to question what they’re reading is a thankless – and futile – task. They don’t buy a paper to be challenged; they buy it to confirm their world-view. Or because it’s cheap. Or because they understand the words.

    • December 23, 2010 8:01 pm

      Yes, I agree. However, that’s not going to stop me providing illustrations of their double standards. The blogs linked in my post above are much better at discussing the issues and inaccuracies. It was late when I wrote this, and it was only meant to provide a reference point in relation to the vastly better writings mentioned above.

      • Alun Carr permalink
        December 24, 2010 4:22 pm

        Heh! Apologies. My comment came across a lot more negatively than it was meant. It was more an observation on this line: “I think everyone knows which side of the fence The Mail is on.”


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