No, that title is not a mistake. The former Sun editor really does think that he has been wronged and is due an apology.
As everyone knows, the comic masquerading as a newspaper that MacKenzie used to edit blamed Liverpool fans for the tragic events that cost 96 people their lives. The despicable front page article titled “The Truth” that MacKenzie ran led to The Sun being boycotted on Merseyside – and rightly so.
But now the bold Kelvin claims that it wasn’t his fault. He was duped, he says. The police lied and all he did was to report it. And so he has now instructed his lawyers to write to South Yorkshire Police seeking an apology for giving his journalists misleading information.
MacKenzie states in a magazine article that he has been “deeply affected by the affair”, adding that he is not a victim but has “suffered collateral damage”.
Damage? Almost 100 people died, their families were denied the truth for over 20 years in a massive cover up and a newspaper editor thinks he suffered damage? Don’t make me laugh.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman stated that, “It is well known that many media outlets ran similar stories at the time based on the same sources but chose to treat them differently.”
“Mr MacKenzie was responsible for the particular headline he chose to run with.”
And there is the rub. MacKenzie ran a story slanted against Liverpool fans. He endorsed an article containing allegations that have proven to have no substance as if they were facts. He must accept the consequences for those decisions.
The Daily Mirror was given the same briefing as The Sun but decided not to believe it as the content could not be verified. Indeed Mirror journalists concluded that the police were simply trying to divert attention from their own failings – a correct analysis as we now know. The different approach taken is clear in its headline: “Fury as police claim victims were robbed.”
Very different, in other words, to “The Truth”.