Under fire over hacking? How do you prove you’re fit and proper? By mocking Roy Hodgson

Shamik Das reports on The Sun’s disgraceful front page today mocking new England manager Roy Hodgson.

Shocking: The Sun front page mocking Roy Hodgson

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The very day after Rupert Murdoch was described by MPs as “not a fit person” to run a major company in their report into the phone hacking scandal, his flagship Sun newspaper delivered a grim reminder of the “ethical rot” that remains at the heart of his empire with a front page mocking the newly-unveiled England manager Roy Hodgson.

The-Sun-Roy-Hodgson-front-page.jpgThe front page (right) mocks Hodgson’s pronunciation of his Rs, with its headlines:

“Woy gets England job”

“Bwing on the Euwos”

“(We’ll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance)”

Criticism has been fierce this morning, with several journalists, footballers and fans tweeting their disgust; here’s a selection:

Have u seen front page of the sun this morning disgraceful journalism-what chance have we got!” – Phil Neville

“Disgustung headlines,good journo’s under pressure writing pieces for their mates and a certain paper needs putting out of circulation.” – Gary Neville

“I think today’s headline in The Sun is offensive.” – Jake Humphrey

“Must say, the front page of the Sun this morning is a hateful piece of work http://t.co/9BMvdBKT” – Ian Prior

“Ah, what a small, poisonous paper The Sun is.” – Nev Pierce

Roy Hodgson can speak five languages. The Sun can barely write in one.” – Julian R W Power

“I guarantee today’s front page of The Sun has led to some kids being reduced to tears today by school bullies. That front page is poisonous.” – TalkSport Drive

“The Sun is a disgrace. Not acceptable to make fun of Hodgson’s impediment. He speaks 5 languages, that paper struggles to write in one.” – Abigail Davies

The Sun’s front page? I’d rather have a speech impediment in five different languages than be a bunch of pricks in one.” – Matthew Stanger

“The Sun’s front page lampooning of Roy Hodgson is disgraceful. It’s not journalism; it’s bullying #hodgson #england” – Carl Y

“The Sun yet again reaches an all-time low in headlines! God help us when you report the Paralympics!” – David Clarke

“Who’s Roy Hodgson? Why are the Sun mocking his speech? Is it part of their slam a scrounger scheme?” – Bendy Girl

“Charming front page of the Sun. Hodgson has won 11 major titles/trophies, speaks 5 languages but let’s mock his speech http://twitpic.com/9g5ru5” – Jacqui Oatley

“Whatever u think of Roy Hodgson & the FA’s decision to appoint him The Sun’s front page today is an absolute disgrace #gutterpress” – The Farm


See also:

Guess which front page fails to lead on Leveson? 25 Apr 2012

It wos the Sun wot couldn’t do maths: Prioritising benefit frauds when tax fraud is 10x worse 29 Feb 2012

The Sun “tax avoiding” front page you won’t have seen this morning 26 Oct 2011

Leveson Inquiry hears of the ethical rot of Fleet Street 7 Oct 2011

Another Murdoch crony falls as The Sun gets dragged into scandal 16 Jul 2011


When invited to appear on BBC Radio Five this morning The Sun refused to come on and apologise. Unfit and improper doesn’t even begin to describe them.


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  • http://www.katharinequarmby.co.uk/ Katharinequarmby0

    It’s certainly unethical journalism – mocking people for their impediments and other even more serious forms of disability related hate crime should be examined by Leveson. But as I wrote yesterday on the Huffington Post (thanks to everyone who retweeted it), Leveson has decided, it seems, not to hear any oral evidence from any of the many organisations which submitted to the inquiry, and offered to give evidence. Shame indeed.

  • Mitch

    Not suprised at all by this. I stopped buying this newspaper over 20 years ago and have never regretted my decision. The language they use is aimed at the mass mob and the intellectual inadequates. The Sun, like Fox news in America and Sky news in the Uk, are negative entities who feed off misery and then vomit it back out at the general public. For example, on the subject of America going to war in Iraq, Fox news (who purport to being ‘fair and balanced’), told Americans if they didn’t support the war they should just “shut up”. People get the media they deserve and unfortunately there are many out there who buy into the simplistic messages being propogated by the above news corps.

  • Jon

    If you want to know what I believe read The Sun says Rupert Murdoch. So will he condemn his mouthpiece for this disgusting piece of journalism (if that’s what it can be called) or does he think it’s OK to mock someone because they have speech impediment? I would’t wipe my arse with The Sun; it would leave more shit on my backside than it removed.

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