The Guardian v Mail on Sunday contre Marcus Rashford


They are shaken.This is the only appropriate opening response to the letter sent to The Guardian from Mail on Sunday editor Ted Verity to defend his article on Marcus Rashford’s “campaign” and his investment in five “luxury houses” that are neither luxury no houses. And certainly not news.

In case you’ve been hiding under a bush – it’s the only reasonable way to avoid the coronavirus – the MoS wrote this. What prompted this from the excellent Jonathan Liew. What has now come to fruition this.

“The premise of Jonathan Liew’s article (Mail on Sunday v Marcus Rashford: A Sinister Attack on a Young Black Man, November 16) appears to be that our writing on Mr. Rashford’s purchase of houses for rent is (a ) somehow racist, and (b) part of a right-wing plot to discredit him. But these claims are as offensive as they are false and ignore several important points.

Mediawatch cannot stress enough that using the word “racist” first really makes you look a little racist. Liew never accused the MoS of being racist and in fact Rashford’s color was only mentioned once by the Guardian man when he wrote that “in a way Rashford is the populist right’s worst nightmare: a young black working-class activist who bases his appeal not on cultural warfare or tribal loyalty or fiery invectives, but on unity, consensus, the terrain of ‘agreement’.

It is strange that the Ministry of Security is unwilling to deny that the article is in any way prejudiced against young people, the working class or those who believe in unity and consensus care. Perhaps these are acquired.

Oh and you’d really think the editor of a right-wing newspaper would have known he needed a hyphen.

“First, last month (October 25) our columnist Sarah Vine wrote a scathing article about the government’s disastrous response to Mr Rashford’s free school meals campaign. While she had nothing but words hostile to the government, she described Mr. Rashford as a “role model” and “a sincere young man who understands the issues from his own experience and who worthily tries to bring them to fruition. before”. The following week we ran a two-page 1000-word article by Mr Rashford himself about his campaign which, as our headline said, “Inspired the Nation.”

Some valid points, although Sarah Vine is the wife of Michael Gove – described just this week in the mail as an “enemy” of Prime Minister Boris Johnson after running against him in the Conservative leadership race. Gove is also described as having “few friends in government,” so it’s no surprise that Vine is supporting Rashford in this particular battle.

Oh and just to say that Rashford himself might regret putting his name in a Mail on Sunday article after this week’s float.

“We wrote about Mr Rashford’s houses for rent for exactly the same reason we previously wrote about other top footballers like Robbie Fowler who invested in this way – it’s just an interesting story. Of course, we also mentioned Mr. Rashford’s campaign – that’s why he’s so in the public eye.

When you search the archives for an example of a footballer’s financial report to reinforce your argument that this is not a ‘conspiracy to discredit’ Rashford and that your first and only example is a footballer who has left those shores over ten years ago, then you are really doing more harm than good in your defense. Especially when this footballer was a young, working class Scouser who really should have known his place.

An “interesting story”? Weird how Frank Lampard’s real estate portfolio only become newsworthy for mail when one of her properties was “used as a sex dungeon by a Coke Dominatrix who advertised her services under ‘Diverse Stacey’.”

And Lampard is hardly unusual. In The temperature in 2014 they wrote that ‘if you are renting an apartment in central London, Bristol or Manchester and you don’t know exactly who your landlord is, it might be because he is a top footballer . A growing number of footballers are choosing to forgo the £ 10million trophy home in Cheshire and instead buy a series of properties for rent.

So it’s odd that Rashford is the first property-buying footballer in more than a decade to interest the Mail on Sunday, exactly at the same time he takes on a right-wing government.

“By the way, it’s only the people on the left who think there is something wrong with becoming a landlord for rent. My point of view is the same as that of Mr Rashford – he has a profession with a notoriously short lifespan and it is extremely wise to prepare for the future.

And incidentally, you might have just admitted that in fact – rather than being racist – the article was a thinly veiled attempt to highlight the supposed hypocrisy of those on the left for criticizing all landowners. by supporting Rashford and his campaigns for social equality. .

Or maybe we read a little too much on this when the only phrase – correctly hyphenated – we need is “dog whistle journalism”.

The truth is, The Mail on Sunday misjudged this because it’s not just the ‘leftists’ who would side with Rashford in his children for misdeeds such as feeding children and giving children books to read. .

And it’s not just the “people on the left” who think the MoS editor has only managed to dig a huge hole for itself. Maybe he could hire it now.


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