Internet
How to
Newspapers
Twitter
SEO advice
Categories: Internet, Newspapers. Tags: , ,

Gordon Brown letter: Sun misjudges readers’ mood

November 11, 2009 8 Comments

Update: There are suggestions on a Guardian story that the Sun moderators haven't been putting through comments that are critical of the Sun's position ...

Is the Sun censoring pro-Brown comments?

Is the Sun censoring pro-Brown comments?

Original post

The Sun is running a despicable campaign against Gordon Brown. But I've analysed the comments on its website - and readers disagree with its stance by a ratio of more than 3 to 2.

Gordon Brown letter story in the Sun

Gordon Brown letter story in the Sun

The paper has exploited the grief of Jacqui Janes over her son Jamie's death in Afghanistan to attack the PM - because his handwritten letter of condolence was supposedly disrespectful due to sloppy writing and (disputed) spelling errors.

It's loathsome journalism that ignores the effect of his disability (the PM is blind in one eye).

And it seems Sun readers are mostly on the Prime Minister's side.

Of the 100+ comments on the story (don't worry, I've nofollowed those links) when I checked, 111 expressed a view for or against Jacqui Janes or Gordon Brown (the rest commented on other issues or corrected people's spelling errors). Of these:

  • 42 were anti Gordon or pro the Sun's stance.
  • 69 were pro Gordon or anti the Sun's stance.

So that's more than 60% who don't agree with the Sun, and less than 40% who do.

Sample comments from those who agree with the Sun's stance

Comments agreeing that Gordon Brown was wrong

Comments agreeing that Gordon Brown is "discusting"

Some comments from those opposing it

Comments defending Gordon Brown

Comments defending Gordon Brown

Conclusion

The Sun is channeling this woman's grief into a personal attack on the Prime Minister.

It's refusing to make allowances for his disability (maybe we could next attack the war wounded for being workshy benefit scroungers?).

And it's facilitating her breaking data protection laws by releasing a recording of a private phone call.

The whole thing is sickening - let's hope that observing its readers' reactions will lead to an end to this (not that this happened in the Jan Moir case) - and preferably prosecution of the Sun over the data protection offence.

You might also like
  1. Daily Mail readers pro Brown over condolence letter
  2. Sun readers defy Murdoch over hung Parliament and election debates
  3. Mail needs to clamp down on its racist readers (and moderators?)
  4. Cash Gordon: some SEO advice
  5. Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)

Share this post

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter

8 Comments »

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.