23 years on and still no official printed apology from The Sun and News International. And, would a sincere and meaningful “sorry, we lied to sell more papers” be a suitable atonement?
Let’s not let them off the hook
The media coverage Hillsborough received had severe consequences not only on those associated with the disaster but the Liverpool population general. Not only did the families and community have to deal with the distraught news of their loses, but to be then faced with alarming allegations that their deaths were caused by their own fans, was nothing short of a disgrace.
The Sun lied, plain and simple
Britain’s best selling redtop was disturbingly at the heart of these devastating reports. The Sun unethically claiming that Liverpool fans were robbing the dead bodies, urinating on servicemen and fighting amongst the terror of the incident. “The Truth” was the headline they ran with, the truth was what they failed to mention.
Not only was this a vicious and unruly attack on those dealing with the horror, it seriously tarnished the reputation of us Liverpudlians.
The inexcusable actions of both the source of the story and The Sun will forever be remembered in Liverpool, but as families fighting for the justice of their loved ones, they’re also calling on The Sun to reveal the identities of those who sourced those sickening lies, somebody still needs to take responsibility for those horrific remarks.
I’m still angry for the families
I’m angered at how The Sun have practically ignored and avoided any wrongdoing, it’s as if they’re hoping the memory will just fade and even when faced with an opportunity to apologise, their arrogance proceeds them.
Take a look at this passage from Kenny Dalglish’s autobiography, after he received a call from the then editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie.
“How can we correct the situation?” he said.
“You know that big headline – ‘The Truth’?”
I replied. “All you have to do is put ‘We lied’ in the same size. Then you might be all right.”
Mackenzie said: “I cannot do that.”
“Well,” I replied, “I cannot help you then.”
Time is supposed be the healer of pain and misery, however in this case that time has caused further distress and frustration for a community in the North West of England. I am sure an apology alone will not suffice to address the destruction ”The Truth” article caused, but it’s at least be a start.