Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University, writes a must read media blog for the Guardian.
Today, Greenslade takes a look at how Richard Desmond’s paper the Daily Star has been busy legitimising the viciously anti-Islamic group, the English Defence League. Greenslade says that Desmond’s paper did not produce a news item but instead:
“…a clear piece of propaganda on behalf of the EDL…The story cannot be read as anything other than a cheer-leading, uncritical piece on behalf of the EDL. Triumphalist in tone throughout, it required no between-the-lines deconstruction to grasp its intention – to build support for the group among its readers.”
Greenslade ends his blog by issuing a very important warning to Richard Desmond whose papers the Daily Express and the Daily Star have been busy producing copious amounts of very bigoted anti-Muslim propaganda in recent years:
“Desmond ought to think very carefully about letting the Star use far right politics to build sales. As a Jew, he may well have negative views of Muslims. But, as a Jew, he should also remember what happened in those societies across Europe in the 1930s where Jewish minorities were demonised in the media for their religious beliefs.”