To my eternal shame I sometimes read the Sun - though in my defence I do not buy the paper and only look to see what the sharp end of the latest propaganda from the Antipodean Beast is. Unlike the broadsheets owned by the Antipodean Beast who often use mealy words, the Sun don't mince theirs - although they do make them up on many an occasion. (I am expecting them to pronounce 'Let's Bomb Russia' in the next few days!)
What continues to trouble me about these lying fuckwits is just how blatant they are in their aims (total racial and religious hatred of anyone who opposes total world domination by the Antipodean Beast and his chums). I should know better than to believe in such things as truth from them (even occasionally) considering that when I emailed Trevor Kavanaugh (their then political editor) after he referred to Saudi Arabia as ‘moderate’ he replied ‘well, they are not trying to kill us...’ Upon this basis I consider Grizzly Bears to be moderate because they are not 'trying to kill me.'
Anyway, today I noticed them apologising (a rare feat) to a bus driver that they alleged said Get off my bus, I need to pray*. The facts in this case came out within a couple of weeks, yet it takes nearly five months for the Sun to admit their 'allegations were completely untrue'.... The original 395 word story was heaven in the right wing blogsphere which used it to espouse the usual prejudices which had they contained the word 'Jew' instead of 'Muslim' would have been denounced the world over as anti-Semitic and an incitement to racial hatred.
By contrast the much delayed apology was a mere 119 words and has all but been ignored. It would be interesting to see if there was an increase in attacks on Muslims (or anyone remotely resembling a Muslim) following the article. Do the Sun care? Nope, the damage has been done.
The original story is no longer on the Sun website but is still out there in the blogsphere...
*Get off my bus, I need to prayTheSun.co.ukBy ALEX PEAKEand ANDY CRICKA MUSLIM bus driver told stunned passengers to get off so he could PRAY.The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt on the floor facing Mecca.Passengers watched in amazement as he held out his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant.One, who filmed the man on his mobile phone, said: “He was clearly praying and chanting in Arabic.“We thought it was a wind-up at first, like Jeremy Beadle.” The 21-year-old plumber added: “He lo oked English and had a London accent. He looked like a Muslim convert, with a big, bushy beard.“Eventually everyone started complaining. One woman said, ‘What the hell are you doing? I’m going to be late for work’.”After a few minutes the driver calmly got up, opened the doors and asked everyone back on board. But they saw a rucksack lying on the floor of the red single-decker and feared he might be a fanatic. So they all refused.The passenger added: “One chap said, ‘I’m not getting on there now’.“An elderly couple also looked really confused and worried.”“After seeing that no-one wanted to get on he drove off and we all waited until the next bus came about 20 minutes later. I was left totally stunned. It made me not want to get on a bus again.”The bizarre event unfolded on the number 81 in Langley, Berkshire, at around 1.30pm on Thursday.The passenger said he rang the bus firm to complain but claimed it did not believe him.He said: “They asked me, ‘Are you sure?’. Then they said they would get back to me, but they weren’t taking me seriously at all.”Yesterday the driver, who said his name was Hrun, told The Sun: “I asked everyone to get off because I needed to pray. I was running late and had not had time.“I pray five times a day as a Muslim — but I don’t normally ask people to get off the bus to do it.”Muslims pray at pre-dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening.A spokesperson for bus company London United said: “We are aware of a reported incident involving our route 81.“We are currently undertaking a full investigation into the matter.”