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THE 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989 had their names besmirched by the police and the media. Finally, 23 years later, Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie has apologised for the Sun‘s coverage.
In the face of massive evidence that the police lied to protect themselves and people died who could have been saved, Mackenzie apologises.
We’ve been her before. In 2007, MacKenzie said on BBC1′s Question Time that he had only apologised for reporting as “TRUTH” the lie that Liverpool fans had been masters of their own fate – “Some fans picked the pockets of victims. Some fans urinated on brave cops” – because Rupert Murdoch had told him to.
WILL the family and loved ones of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died as a result of events on 15 April, 1989, know the truth? No, not the Sun’s version of “THE TRUTH”. This is the truth shorn of police, government and media lies. Today, the Hillsborough Independent Panel releases its final report into the horror.
Hillsborough inquest coroner, Stefan Popper, said the dead died from “traumatic asphyxiation”. He said 94 people died on the day before 3:15. (Two people died later in hospital.) Only, sources say at least one, Kevin Williams, might have been breathing after 3:15. His mother, Anne Williams, claims Kevin was still alive at 16:00.
We will now see the medical records. Could nothing have been done for the dead after Popper’s “cut-off” time of 3:15? It’s hard to believe that’s the case, especially when so many who were injured recovered.
HARD cheese on Andy Murray. He wins the US Open and not a single British newspaper bothers to hold the back page, front page or a small section between the classfieds to herald his achievements. And that includes the Sun, which despite leading with a “THANK YOOOOO…to your Olympics and Paralympic heroes”, begins its sports pages with the stella news that Stoke City’s Peter Crouch “refused to be on standby for Euro 2012″.
What else does the Sun say on sport? This is the paper that brought readers: “Boorish football needs to get the Olympic message” (Steven Howard), “Our Olympic heroes have humiliated arrogant footballers” (Hunter Davies) and “How vile football is back”, by Rob Beasley.
HOW’S life at Bournemouth FC. Answer: interesting. Club chairman Eddie Mitchell (yep, him) has added Harry Redknapp to his kitchen (fitters ) cabinet. Redknapp is volunteering as an “advisor”, offering help to manager Paul Groves and assistant Shaun Brooks.
“They have both worked with him before and I think there’s only person who would be able to get on that coach tomorrow without Paul and Shaun rejecting the idea, and that one person is Harry.”
THE London 2012 Games closing ceremony was a joy. Good and game of Coldplay to perform the muzak, selflessly allowing everyone else to enjoy the show, notably he contraptions created by the Mutoid Waste Company, Prince Edward arriving in a Bugsy Malone-style gangster car (fact: custard pies are his favourite teatime treat), Lissa Herman’s rendition of God Save the Queen, which in spite of being warbled in the manner of those pre-football game US anthems was stirring, Rihanna wearing some clothes and the crowd, who were brilliant…
September 10, 2012:
Bliss was it in that summer to be alive, but to be in London was very heaven. It wasn’t the finest summer of sport we have ever known: it was much better than that. It was the finest celebration of humanity in a quarter of a million years of our existence. It was the best party in the history of the human race…
GAY marriage is a big deal. Mitt Ronmey is against it. Barack Obama might or might not be against it – some of his advisors says homosexuality is simply a lifestyle choice.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wants gay marriage to be a reality.
He supports plans in Maryland to legalize gay marriage.
DID you watch the 2012 Paralympics on the telly? Or were you just glad it was on but didn’t think it worth a viewing, sure that you were not watching the world’s best? If you din’t watch, you missed some fantastic moments:
Russia's Olga Sokolova prepares to compete with her cup over her goggles at a women's 100-meter SB11 breaststroke heat at the 2012 Paralympics, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in London. The sport class 11 means a complete or nearly complete loss of sight and athletes compete with blackened goggles. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)