[Opinion] Hate The Sun? Then buy it.
In the wake of the bombing in Manchester, there have been calls for the city, which I’m proud to call home, to ban The Sun newspaper. This was after they ran with the following front page on the morning after the attack:
Now, in The Sun’s defence (I feel dirty writing that), this edition would have gone to print before the bomb went off. So it’s not like they deliberately used the attack to aim another cheap shot at Jeremy Corbyn, as has been suggested elsewhere.
However, if they had a shred of decency in their morally bankrupt bodies, they would have recalled the paper and stopped it hitting the shelves. By not doing so, they showed massive disrespect to the people who were murdered, their families, and the city of Manchester as a whole. And even before the events of May 22, The Sun had a long and well-known history of being a nasty piece of shit, owned by Satan’s own wizened scrotum, Rupert Murdoch.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but rather than banning it, I think everyone who rightly despises this printed faecal matter should go out and buy it.
Hear me out.
The basic idea is that if you buy the newspaper, someone else won’t be able to. As an open-minded, intelligent and enlightened person, you might throw it straight in the bin. Or you could read it from front to back, because it’s important to get out of your liberal bubble and know how your enemy thinks. The important thing is that the paper doesn’t end up in the hands of someone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t have the critical-thinking skills to realise that what they’re reading is a load of rubbish.
“Well, they’re still getting money, so they won’t give a damn,” I hear some of you counter. And while you’re probably right, this isn’t about money. It’s a war of information. It’s a way to stop people being exposed to sensationalist headlines that distort the truth and lead to things like Brexit (even if you agree with Brexit, you can’t deny that Leave won for the wrong reasons). Someone’s going to buy The Sun anyway, so it may as well be someone who isn’t going to be swayed by their propaganda.
Also, I think they might care just a little bit that they aren’t reaching their target audience.
I’d love to be able to travel the country buying up every single copy of The Sun, Daily Mail and others, and chuck them all in a skip. As I don’t have the time and money to do that, I’ll settle for paying 50p every so often as a symbolic gesture against hatred. And you should too.
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