The Daily Mail – and in fact most mainstream newspapers – failed to report Nick Griffin’s comments about drowning immigrants, yet they find time for reporting pretty much every other thing that happens to him. Today’s opportunity for Daily Mail readers to declare their love for Nick Griffin (and racism) is: ‘BNP leader Nick Griffin snubbed on first day in European Parliament as fellow MEP refuses to sit next to him‘.
Somehow, to a tabloid editor, this story is more important than reporting the fact that Nick Griffin during a live interview with the BBC said:
“the only measure, sooner or later, which is going to stop immigration and stop large numbers of sub-Saharan Africans dying on the way to get over here is to get very tough with those coming over.
“Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.
“Anyone coming up with measures like that we’ll support but anything which is there as a ‘oh, we need to do something about it’ but in the end doing something about it means bringing them into Europe’ we will oppose.”
Had the Daily Mail actually reported these comments its readers might be slightly reluctant to post comments like:
strikes me there is a lot of childishness going on here. Whether you like, or dislike what the BNP stand for, they were democratically elected.- Mark R, Coventry UK, 14/7/2009 16:24
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And perhaps it wouldn’t be 92 votes in the green. Perhaps there wouldn’t be comments like:
The word “Immigration” will haunt Europe for decades to come.- catnap, Swansea Wales, 14/7/2009 16:26
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And perhaps – maybe – people who point out that Nick Griffin is scum wouldn’t be quite so far in the red:
Good. I’d refuse to sit next to him as well, in fact I object to sharing the same atmosphere as him and his pal. The sooner people who voted for them realise what scum they are the better.- Peter Jessey, Normandy, 14/7/2009 16:20
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But then maybe honest, impartial reporting is a little bit too much to ask from the Daily Mail.