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.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.