Hillsborough – Would an apology from ‘The Sun’ be enough?

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Prolonged heartache

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.

 

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7 comments
MarkSterlingWright
MarkSterlingWright

I believe it was the coppers that lied to cover their own arses. We shouldn't be mad at a paper the people responsible should be held accountable. The coppers didn't do their job so shouldn't they be investigated? I think we going for the wrong people. 

Josh87Davis
Josh87Davis

You only have to see the reaction from Kelvin MacKenzie whenever questioned about this issue. He clearly isn't planning to say sorry anytime soon, and i think we've seen from the recent hacking scandal that news int are quite simply a disgusting company, run by disgusting individuals. 'The Sun' wont last another 5 years. It's headed the way of the News of the World. And sadly that means an appology is never going to happen.

rgogarty1
rgogarty1

Any intelligent person with a conscience should never read that rag.   Blatantly lied and lead to brainwashing people to think negatively about the people of Liverpool.

bacoxy
bacoxy

I dont think any Liverpool fan thinks that the events of that day were planned by the police or that it was all done by design. It was a series of small little events and decisions which all led to the horrible events of that day. The Sun newspaper through its then editor conciously made the decision to run that front page despite staff in the paper knowing what a terrible mistake it was. This, in my opinion, makes them beyond reprieve.

Killbill
Killbill

It's too late now. They should never of printed what they did. 23 years to late now. Unforgivable.

plh51
plh51

Apology is no good now should have been done in the same week, most of the people involved are still in the media so i just ignore them and their odious paper and explain why it is not fit to have your chips in!

kevinfisher33
kevinfisher33

In a word NO.  The time for apologies has long since passed.  Any football fan who reads this rag should google the events of 1989.  The sickening way this rag printed lies about LFC fans and the dead should never be forgotten.  Do not under any circumstances buy this "newspaper".

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