The Sun provides tolerant coverage of Islam? Never thought I’d see the day.

Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 12:13:27 +0100
From: “Tim Chapman” (spam-protected)
To: forteana (spam-protected)
Subject: Sun shocked into tolerance

On the press

Papers went for it and won

> >From the Sun leaders defending Islam to the Telegraph quoting Kipling the nationals made a good fist of their first drafts of history

Special report: Terrorism in the US

Peter Preston Sunday September 16, 2001 The Observer

There were, of course, all the predictable oddities, banalities, illogicalities and flat-out eccentricities. The Sun (oddly, maybe even eccentrically) cleared a double-page spread to tell its readers that: ‘Islam is not an evil religion… Blaming Islam for the horrors the world witnessed on Tuesday is like blaming Christianity for the hatred between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast. The Muslims in Britain ARE British.’ If that’s eccentricity, give us more of it by the bucketload. The Mail, within a single leader column, railed against British ‘appeasement’ of Sinn Fein/IRA while instructing George Bush that ‘it is surely the time for another effort at Middle East settlement’. … full analysis of UK media coverage at http://www.observer.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,552462,00.html and of US coverage at http://www.observer.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,552463,00.html

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