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The Sun is a British tabloid newspaper published by the UK News Corp. It was founded on September 15, 1964, and it is the highest circulating paper in the country, selling over 1.5 million copies every day and also has a news website.
Why It's Rotten
- They once had a paywall for their website in place, as part of The Sun Plus.
- In the UK (except Scotland fully since 2015 [but in the 1990s, they did tell their readers to vote the SNP as acceptable alternative party if region's Scottish Conservatives loses percentage, regardless their ideology isn't aligned with the Parent newspaper]), As they are known to be aligned with Conservative Party for most of its history; until 2015 for Scotland only, that they will fully support the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) as means tactical choice to attack the Labour Party for majority of the time with occasional to Liberal Democrats.
- Sometimes published false stories, mainly in the 1980s:
- In 1986, they printed the infamous headline “FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER” in which they claimed Freddie Starr, a British comedian, ate a pet hamster after finding barely anything in his house. Freddie Starr has constantly denied this.
- In 1989, they also printed “STRAIGHT SEX CANNOT GIVE YOU AIDS”, which is blatantly untrue, as it can endanger the readers lives. (In fact, unprotected sex will give you AIDS, this is why people should use condoms.)
- Their most infamous headline, though, is their coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans got crushed due to poor crowd control. The Sun published the headline “THE TRUTH” in which they claimed that Liverpool fans pick-pocketed the victims, urinated on cops, and beat up a constable giving kiss of life. The headline was so bad, that Merseyside boycotted the newspaper, which is a tradition that still goes on today and in 2016, they were banned from reporting at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC. Billy Bragg even wrote a song about the boycott in the aftermath of the News of the World scandal.
- Like The Daily Mail, they are also homophobic. And also xenophobic as well.
- Pretty anti gamergate.
- Spreads inaccurate rumors of celebrities especially pop stars such as Elton John.
- They were also finding ways to frame the pokemon series as a very bad game.