Time to take a day off from the thrill ‘n’ spills of World Cup footBALLS and turn instead to another of this blog’s obsessions …
Yes it’s Tuesday, which means our old friend Farooq Siddique has his ‘A Muslim in Bristol’ column in the Evening Cancer.
And today folks the dazzling analyst manges to conclude everybody in the country – except him and presumably his mates natch – is a racist.
This, it seems, has got something to do with the media, who he complains have reported white supremacist terrorist incidents differently to Muslim terrorist incidents.
And he continues, “the media is simply reflecting the natural bias in a general public, more willing to read stories about a particular crime depending on the colour and creed of the perpetrator.”
See? QED. We’re all racists.
Now the obvious response to this might be to point out that yer average Cancer reader isn’t a news editor so what the fuck has it got to do with them what’s in the newspapers or on telly?
Aren’t the people who produce the shit responsible?
Indeed a wag might even point out that Siddique’s the media tart who writes for these racist media organisations for money so he’s the one helping to actively promote their ‘racism’ and sell their papers, not us.
But this is the kind of logic you get when you spend too much time hanging around with superannuated liberal higher education moralist types isn’t it?
Basically it’s: “The media are obviously racists. So I work for them and get paid for it but you ‘re all racists for reading it. OK?”
Siddique then goes on to hammer his brilliant point home by comparing the coverage of the recently convicted “Techno Terrorist”, Bristol’s Andrew “Isa” Ibrahim with the conviction of white supremacist terrorist Neil Lewington.
Both were lone nutters trying to kill people argues Siddique quite correctly. But, he thunders, why did Ibrahim get front page coverage and not Lewington?
Um? Perhaps it had something to do with the highly newsworthy fact that Ibrahim’s conviction is the first based on information to come from a Muslim community?
But why let simple news values and a positive Muslim story get in the way of your fixed beliefs?