Comment, Comics and the Contrary.
The ‘blogosphere’ (how I hate that ugly word) has built itself a reputation for being an organising locus for campaigns against stories, reporters or editorial bias in the media. Bloggers have claimed the scalps of Dan Rather and Eason Jordan (I will not link to sites such as Little Green Footballs and The Anti-Idiotarian Rotweiller, two of the most popular blogs involved. If you have a strong stomach then check out these sites out. Make sure that you read the comments boxes. I will, however, recommend the LGF quiz
), and have whipped up storms over left-wing bias in the US media, forcing broadcasters into the abhorrent mould of Fox News
. However, these efforts have largely been one way – an assault by the right on the perceived left. I want to recruit the power of the internet for my campaign, a response to an article published in The Sun
(a stable mate of Fox News in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation
– I am troubled by their ownership of rugby league) today. The link is here
, but The Sun archives require a subscription, so I have reproduced the article below.
Inside a paper that boasts of “Sun War on Gipsy Free-For-All” we have:Stamp on the camps
Spreading misery ... huge camp of 1,000 Irish travellers at Crays Hill, Essex
By MARTIN PHILLIPS
THE Sun today launches a campaign to STOP John Prescott giving the green light to illegal gipsy camps across Britain.The Deputy Prime Minister has ordered local councils to go soft on travellers’ camps and turn a blind eye to the shocking problems they create.But The Sun, on behalf of our ten million readers, is determined to fight him all the way.
Tell us your gipsy stories
Have you had experience of gipsies or travellers being treated as if they are above the law after setting up illegal camps? Email us at the address below, or you can send us a fax.
FAX: 020 7782 4063
The Bartlett’s Bizarre Bazaar Campaign
I want everyone who reads this blog to fax The Sun their ‘gipsy story’. I want you to find a piece of testimony, or historical documentation, or a news report – whatever you can find – that will help The Sun understand how gypsies and travellers have been discriminated against and persecuted in the past. Send them everything from the horrors of the Nazi death camps to experiences of modern day Roma in Eastern Europe and travellers in Britain. When Tony Blair has so recently declared that the Holocaust started “with a brick through the window of a Jewish business, the desecration of a synagogue, the shout of racist abuse on the street”, I think we should take this seriously. Or perhaps your local bonfire will burn effigies of gypsies this year. And next year…?
Fax them, and pass the message on!