The Sun’s mealy-mouthed non apology for its ‘1,200 mental patients’ headline

Tucked away in its 'clarifications and corrections column today, the Sun has offered what looks like an apology for a distasteful and inaccurate headline two weeks ago.

Tucked away in its ‘clarifications and corrections’ column today, the Sun has offered what looks like an apology for a distasteful and inaccurate headline two weeks ago in which it claimed (more screamed) that in the past 10 years there were ‘1,200 killed by mental patients’.

The problem is that it’s not a proper apology. There is no acknowledgement by the Sun that the 1,200 figure is wrong. Instead it tries to make out that the figure it used in the original piece “related broadly to victims of homicide by people with mental illness”.

Did it? Well then why did the Sun use the misleading headline ‘1,200 killed by mental patients‘ if they really meant non-patients as well as patients?

Answer: because they didn’t mean that.

This is also not a proper apology.

Hat tip: John Rentoul.

4 Responses to “The Sun’s mealy-mouthed non apology for its ‘1,200 mental patients’ headline”

  1. Jake Church

    Disgusting rag sadly, millions read, no that’s not correct gloat at garbage dreamed up by right wing clowns, have seen guys i work with skim the headlines but it’s etched in their thick skulls (scroungers, lazy, parasites, workshy)then turn to the music and football pages slavering at untalented singers and obscenely overpaid footballers hanging on every word then after work sneering in disgust at the unemployed whilst cumming in their pints. You could tell the British public that the moon is made of cheese and they would believe it SAD………………………….

  2. Timbo

    Most murders in the UK are carried out by Sun readers. Most convicted killers have, at some time in their life, read an article in the Sun. I think the public has a right to know.

  3. treborc1

    A hell of a lot of the left read it or looked at page three, when I worked on building site around the country some of them large scale contracts with 5,000 people working on them. The biggest selling news paper on those sites would be the sun, how do I know every dam canteen had pictures of page three on them.

  4. treborc1

    A hell of a lot of the left read it or looked at page three, when I worked on building site around the country some of them large scale contracts with 5,000 people working on them. The biggest selling news paper on those sites would be the sun, how do I know every dam canteen had pictures of page three on them.

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