Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Manchester and the Viler UK Media

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017

Manchester-Arena-incidentLike many Mancunians who have spent most of their working lives in London, I was shocked and saddened by the news this morning of the bombing at the Manchester Arena that claimed 22 lives and injured well over a hundred other people, many of them children and adolescents. Nothing can adequately explain, let alone exonerate, such wanton barbarity. I was disappointed — but not surprised — by how many politicians described the bombing as a “cowardly” act; suicide bombers are not cowards but instead are driven by a degree of hatred and misguided conviction that makes them prepared to sacrifice their own lives as well as depriving so many innocents of theirs, in aid of a spurious “cause”. Social media predictably went into a frenzy during the day, fizzing with the anger with which most of us can identify, though some people who took to twitter to vent their feelings veered into the totally unhelpful territory of blaming all Muslims, seemingly deaf to the condemnations of the atrocity from Muslim leaders in the UK and blind to the acts of kindness and generosity by Muslim taxi-drivers, restaurateurs and others in Manchester throughout Monday night and today.

Katie HopkinsShamefully, rent-a-gob media pundits such as Piers Morgan and Katie Hopkins joined the fray, the latter disgracefully calling in a tweet for a “final solution”. Despite the sick referencing of the Holocaust that claimed the lives of six million Jews the implication (which, were she taken to court over the matter, Ms Hopkins would doubtless try to deny) is that Muslims deserve the same fate. At a time when the people of Manchester were rallying round, and a wave of support came from not all over the UK but from much of the rest of the world as well, the viler parts of the UK media were wallowing in the chance to be shock-jocks and their print equivalent. I am often embarrassed by the excesses of the nastier end of the British media, from the Sun to the Daily Mail and Daily Express, but others were jumping on the bandwagon today, spewing their bile. Katie Hopkins is still employed by LBC Radio, as well as several right-wing newspapers, and I was pleased to see that a number of “celebrities” are calling for a boycott of LBC until the radio station gets rid of her. But frankly I will be surprised if they do so, because being shocking  and offensive is now considered entertaining in this country, as it has been in the United States for many years. This not only debases political discourse, it also debases Britain. But this will continue until signifiant sections of the British public stand up and shout “Enough!”

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3 Responses to “Manchester and the Viler UK Media”

  1. David Evans said

    A petition targeting first LBC, and then following up on the major advertisers on LBC, calling on them to remove their adverts will have a lot more traction.

  2. PoetSpeak said

    Congratulations to the heroes of Manchester United. Good for them!

  3. jonathanfryer said

    How wonderful that LBC did indeed drop Katie Hopkins, as I and countless others had urged. Ding dong, the witch is gone — from LBC, at least!

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