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Hillsborough: Sun reporter says Kelvin MacKenzie created the headline “The Truth”

by | 7th, September 2012

HARRY Arnold tells BBC TV’s Hillsborough: Searching for the Truth that it was editor Kelvin MacKenzie who created the headline “The Truth”. On 15 April 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives at Hillsborough football ground . They were in Sheffield for the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Harry Arnold was Sun reporter from 1976 to 1990. He tells the show:

“On the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie was the rather controversial editor at the time, he liked to write his own headlines. He wrote the headline ‘The Truth’, and the reason I know that is I was about to leave the newsroom when I saw him drawing up the front page.”

The Sun yelled:

“The Truth – Some fans picked pockets of victims Some fans urinated on the brave cops Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life.”

All lies.

“Drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers… it was revealed last night.”

Other papers (the Star and Mirror ) also reported that version of events. The  Liverpool Daily Post reported  “I blame the yobs” :

“Scouse killed Scouse for no better reason than 22 men were kicking a ball.”

But only the Sun  called it “THE TRUTH”. It alone presented the story as fact. The headline was important. Harry Arnold says he reported the story

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