Daily Mail still not exactly racially sensitive

In the week that Paul Dacre tried to claim credit for bringing two racist murderers to justice the Daily Mail website is quickly returning to form with some standard comment moderation in which racially abusive comments are happily let through, even though the comments section clearly states that all comments are being moderated. The story is the police investigation into alledged racism that supposedly took place during the Liverpool – Oldham game last night and which resulted in a young black player breaking down in tears.

Considering what has happened in the last week, and considering the way in which Paul Dacre lorded his newspaper’s moral superiority over us all you would think that the comments would be closely moderated – even more so given the reputation MailOnline has for not letting through many a sensible, non-abusive comment if it doesn’t agree with the editorial line. But, sadly this is not the case:

Way to take the high ground, Daily Mail. Still, what most of these comments are saying – ‘grow up you baby, people have heard worse’ – only echoes what Steve Doughty wrote a couple of months back:

So, Mr Evra and Mr Ferdinand, I know you feel insulted. But perhaps in this case you could just put up with it and get on with the game.

The Daily Mail: institutionally racist even after the Stephen Lawrence case.


  • Harry says:

    Worth noting, maybe, that even if the comments weren’t moderated they were at least heavily downvoted?

    So often on the Daily Mail site, the most-upvoted comments are horrific. It’s at least nice to see the reverse being true for once.

  • QueenB says:

    To be fair to the Mail those are the worst rated comments.

  • NickPheas says:

    Oh God, I’m going to go to Hell for this.

    Racist descrimination is vile. Let’s be clear about that.

    I don’t know what was said in this case. I don’t know if anyone does. Perhaps it was genuinely disgusting.

    But… It rather seems as though complaining about being insulted by fans has become the new diving. A way of getting attention and stopping play for a couple of minutes. You expect that from the other team’s fans.

    Sledging from the other team’s players is nasty and rude, and if used to gain advantage in play should be dealt with by the referee, but foot the ball isn’t something that attracts gentlemanly behaviour in the supporters.