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The Sun Newspaper Is The Worst Newspaper In The World
June 15, 2010, 11:13 am
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On May 21st I received an email from The Sun. I don’t like receiving emails from The Sun, as I hate pretty much everything about the ‘paper. It is, as far as I’m concerned, an odious, scare-mongering, right-wing shit-rag. It panders to the worst aspects of British society, mixing low-brow, sensationalist twaddle, with a propensity to whip the nation into a state of frenzied fury over a story that is based almost entirely on supposition at best, and lies at worst.

It’ll surprise no one that the recent palaver caused by the police apparently banning England shirts in city centre pubs was a load of old bollocks. A load of old bollocks made up by The Sun. Tabloid Watch unravelled the story, as it has done many others. Just click on ‘Sun‘ in their tags section to see what I’m on about in more detail.

So yeah. I got an email from The Sun. It basically said that I was to be involved in some sort of sweepstake, and that my blog would receive loads of coverage through The Sun’s website, and Facebook page. And how amazing would that be? The fella who sent me the email signed off by saying, “Let me know your thoughts! I know The Sun isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to say the least but hopefully this will be a bit of fun.” Which is one hell of an understatement.

I ignored this email, hoping that if I didn’t respond, I wouldn’t be involved in all this savage wankery. But sadly I am. My blog is now apparently Chile, and The Sun have publicised this site in a YouTube clip and on their website. I received another email from them yesterday asking for a little coverage of all this on my blog. So here you go:

I want to make it abundantly clear to everyone: I have nothing to do with this. I want nothing to do with this. And I am furious that the good(ish) name of my little blog, that ceased to be a concern some six months ago, is being used by the worst of all tabloids as some fucking publicity machine for their horrendous sweepstake generating iPhone app, and their even more horrendous newspaper. As I posted on Facebook when all this started, “Yeah, sure, I’ll be part of your World Cup blogging network.I’ll sign up the day you explain how it took 15 years to apologise for your Hillsborough coverage. The day you aren’t part of Murdoch’s News International empire. And the day you aren’t a bunch of odious, scare-mongering, right-wing cretins”.

Finally, it disappoints me, but perhaps doesn’t surprise me, that other blogs run by reds (*cough*therepublikofmancunia*cough*) aren’t just involved in this, but are actively promoting it. Getting in bed with The Sun? I mean, Jesus. For fuck’s sake.

To borrow a phrase from the wrong end of the East Lancs Road, don’t buy The Sun.


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I think you’re being a bit kind to Lies International Inc to be honest.

As for ‘The Republik of Mancunia’ have they any idea whatsoever what they are doing?

Comment by Getty

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Well in!

Don’t buy The Sun – JFT 96

Comment by Huytonscall

Well played sir. I support the side from the correct end of the East Lancs and admire your stance against that wrag! We may have differences and bad bell son both sides but I applaud this – “Yeah, sure, I’ll be part of your World Cup blogging network.I’ll sign up the day you explain how it took 15 years to apologise for your Hillsborough coverage. The day you aren’t part of Murdoch’s News International empire. And the day you aren’t a bunch of odious, scare-mongering, right-wing cretins”.

Comment by Dave Marsh

twats

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Well done from a LFC fan.

Comment by Kunal

Good piece, couldn’t agree more. I despise the Sun and everything they represent. (I’m actually ashamed of them tbh… The biggest selling UK paper, what does that say about us as a nation???)

Comment by LFCmike

The Mail is the biggest selling UK paper… i’m not sure which is worse though tbh.

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Good to see you guys supporting the “Don’t Buy The Sun” campaign. It’s not a Liverpool thing. It’s a decent football fan thing. (from an Arsenal fan).

For those that don’t know the root of the campaign – here’s a useful link http://www.anfieldroad.com/dont-buy-the-sun/

Comment by Richard Taylor

This high-minded rant is spoilt somewhat by the revelation that the author has contributed to that equally top quality publication and feminist torchbearer Zoo.

Comment by tracey

Don’t judge me. I was young, naive, I needed the money…

Comment by Taylor

Well done that man!

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Fantastic sir – I applaud you.

Comment by Ste

I applaud you for this piece

http://www.dontbuythesun.co.uk

JFT 96

Comment by Matt

I take my hat off to you sir, and I hope Calvin McKenzie burns in hell.

JFT 96.

Comment by Poor Scouser Tommy

Well in mate.

http://www.dontbuythesun.co.uk

Comment by Ian

Well played lad… f*ckin’ rag…

Another LFC fan says cheers for your sentiments feller.

Comment by Andy Z

As a Liverpool fan, I must say thank you very much. You, sir, are a legend. Its good to know that people are actively saying “fuck off” to that rag. Very happy with your stand.

Comment by Bikram

A man with principles. Well in!!

Comment by fingers

Well said mate. We need more people with the bollocks to stand up and say what you’ve just said.

Comment by Marko

Seriously well done. Not just for all the usual reasons that the Sun should be shunned, but because this case highlights now short of a good standard papers like the sun are falling, and have fallen in the past. From the looks of things this will hurt the sun. Not much, but most enemies of the rag will take it.

Comment by Rob

It’s great to see common sense and human decency rise above petty football rivalry.

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another LFC fan here to say much respect to you

Comment by waStedLiFe77

it preaches moral values….and has topless eighteen year olds week in week out

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I couldn’t agree with you more. Seeing the front cover of the sun never fails to make me question the very laws of nature as to how such ignorant, manipulative, moronic bullshit can even exist. I’ve written a piece about a recent headline that I’d love to get your take on if you ever get a free moment!

http://grumpycomments.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/my-problem-with-the-sun/

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