Monday, 11 May 2009

Mail scare headline, contradicted by own story

The headline on today's Mail story Hundreds of illegal immigrants armed with knives and crowbars swarm round Calais trucks heading for Britain is a typical piece of scaremongering which doesn't even survive the third paragraph of the story. It's trying to pretend that these illegal immigrants are dangerous, heavily armed, brutal.

But in paragraph two we have 'around 100 illegal immigrants' and a few lines later: 'Some carry crowbars or knives to try to prise open a chink in the lorries' defences'.

So from 'hundreds of armed illegal immigrants' to 'around a hundred of which some carry tools to break into trucks' within a few dozen words.

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