The Sun have come in for furious complaints today from football fans the country over as they mock new England manager Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment.
The day after Hodgson was confirmed as the next England manager The Sun newspaper decided to run with the headline:
Bwing on the Euwos! Roy Hodgson gets England job
This is disrespect in its lowest form! This journalist obviously felt the need to pick up a negative about the new England boss, a negative which is not remotely football related!
The Sun, which is owned by controversal media giant Rupert Murdoch, has recieved 1000’s of complaints including one from the Football Association.
Following all the controversy surrounding the News of the World and now this blatent lack of editing from The Sun we must ask, isn’t it time to put procedures in place for monitoring the content of the printed press?
Newspapers seem to be rule-less in today’s modern society and are constantly printing stories which turn out to be untrue, are offensive or are simply not in the public interest.
Whether it’s printing stupid headlines such as this one or exposing athlete’s personal lives, newspapers have the ability to ruin careers and reputations and seem to do so without regulations.
The authorities are also to blame, when athlete’s attempt to take out injunctions over certain stories such as affairs the authorities always side with the media as they claim it is ‘within the public interest’.
Well I ask, how does a footballer having an affair with a legal age, consenting adult effect their performance and how is this within the public interest?
The only stories that should be printed about athlete’s should be performance based or if they are caught breaking the law. I don’t know what procedures can be put in place but something must be done!
I think it’s time we returned to a time when papers didn’t just print any old rubbish and as for sport well…Sport should only ever be on the back page and never the front!
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