The following is an extract from a letter written by Richard Peppiatt (to proprietor Richard Desmond) upon his resignation from the Daily Star. It earns mention here because Richard Desmond also owns the Daily Express. And a whole lot of porn channels, which we may have mentioned once or twice before now.
I nearly walked out last summer when the Daily Star got all flushed about taxpayer-funded Muslim-only loos.
A newsworthy tale were said toilets Muslim-only. Or taxpayer-funded. Undeterred by the nuisance of truth, we omitted a few facts, plucked a couple of quotes, and suddenly anyone would think a Rochdale shopping centre had hired Osama Bin Laden to stand by the taps, handing out paper towels.
I was personally tasked with writing a gloating follow-up declaring our postmodern victory in “blocking” the non-existent Islamic cisterns of evil.
Not that my involvement in stirring up a bit of light-hearted Islamaphobia stopped there. Many a morning I’ve hit my speed dial button to Muslim rent-a-rant Anjem Choudary to see if he fancied pulling together a few lines about whipping drunks or stoning homosexuals.
It’s well worth reading the entire letter (and the delightful response from his former employers underneath, which tells you exactly the kind of people of people they are, just in case the letter isn’t enough for you).
[Psst! You can follow Richard Peppiatt on Twitter if you like. Things are bound to get interesting now his former employers have set out to smear him.]