Media pundit and HTFP blogger Steve Dyson has hit out at The Sun for its ‘obsession’ with the government chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
Sutton Coldfield MP Mr Mitchell has been at the centre of a media storm for the past week after the tabloid claimed he had swore at police officers and called them ‘plebs.’
Mr Mitchell has denied using the words attributed to him, although police log records appear to stand up The Sun’s story.
He wrote: “Don’t you just hate it when The Sun becomes obsessed with a particular incident or individual? The headlines barely differ: SACK HIM; THE SUN DEMANDS HE MUST GO; SUN POLL SAYS ‘GO’…
“Why, what’s he done? Slept with his secretary? Fiddled his expenses? Kicked a begging tramp into the gutter?
“Er, no. He’s lost his rag when what he felt was a jobsworth copper refused to let him ride his bicycle through the main gates to Downing Street.”
Steve went on to say that the politician had “messed up badly” and needed to show more contrition over the incident than he has done.
But he praised Mr Mitchell’s record as a “hard working MP” and government minister who had helped the world’s poor.
He added: “Above all other reasons, I’m uncomfortable with The Sun and co because I see their obsessive ‘Mitchell must go’ drive as a shamed national media desperate to reassert themselves as a power over government in the wake of Leveson.
“As an old colleague of mine mentioned today on Facebook, it wasn’t a bad way for The Sun to get Hillsborough off the front pages as well, was it?”