According to the Daily Star, those cuddly not-at-all-racists at the English Defence League are planning to 'close towns' which aren't Christian enough. How very Christian, you might think.
Mind you, this is the same Daily Star whose readers seem to comprise 98 per cent morons, if their own poll is to be believed.
[The EDL nut's] declaration comes after yesterday’s Daily Star poll found 98% of readers fear that Britain is becoming a Muslim state.
98 per cent. Ninety-eight per cent of Star readers fear that Britain is becoming a Muslim state. Now, it's easy to point to the publications of Richard Desmond - the Daily Express and Daily Star - and wonder why exactly that kind of fear might be occurring at such an alarming rate
But then again, you have to wonder. Are these publications merely reflecting their readers' views, or are they creating them? Or do they create a self-perpetuating confirmation bias in the readers? When it comes to things like online polls, are they too easily rigged?
One thing is for sure, though. The Star and Express don't take the EDL to task when it comes to perpetuating the same old "Christmas is banned" stories - because that would dismantle a whole cheery industry that pops up every year to give lazy hacks something to write about, with bonus anti-'them' points. Stories like this Christmas cracker from 2008:
CHRISTMAS and Easter have been scrubbed from a college’s calendars in case they offend non-Christians.
Last night Ms Kitching said pupils would still be celebrating Christmas. She insisted: “There has been no big plan to ban the word Christmas.”
CHRISTMAS IS BANNED (except it isn't, but shhhhhhhhh). With stories like that knocking about every time the leaves start to fall, it's no wonder that the good folk of the EDL really believe - and I'm pretty sure they really do believe - that the evil PC Brigade has indeed gone mad once again and will be BANNING CHRISTMAS for fear of upsetting THAT LOT.
Do you know, I almost feel sorry for the EDL types who hoover up that kind of crap from the likes of the Star and Express. They're looking for it, so they see it everywhere. And when they're not challenged, it creates a snowball effect, leading to stuff like this:
A FAR-RIGHT group has vowed to “close down” any town that ditches British traditions and shows favouritism to Muslims.
Well, that'll be none, then. Same as every year, ever. We all know about the Winterval myths that get recycled and embellished every year. But what if a misleading, deliberately skewed story misrepresented a town, and it suffered an 'invasion' from the EDL? Would that be all right? Would the people who wrote the rubbish walk off whistling, pleased with a good day's work?
*update* The EDL are, as you'd imagine, delighted with the coverage from the Daily Star. As one EDL blogger puts it (I won't link): "This is the first article I have read, from both the national and regional media, that hasn't been critical of the EDL." And also:
Perhaps we can expect more objective, or unbiased, articles on the EDL from the Daily Star. And if that becomes the case, I would advise EDL members to stop reading the Sun, the Mirror, the Daily Mail, etc. and start reading the Daily Star - after all, there are not many tabloids which are fair to the EDL.
Job done, Daily Star. Hold your heads high, you must be terrifically proud of yourselves. (Thanks to Press_Not_Sorry for the link)