The disgraceful past of a major British Newspaper




 
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January 27th, 2010  
perseus
 
 

Topic: The disgraceful past of a major British Newspaper


The Daily Mail's support for Nazism and Fascism. Good job there are no supporters of this paper on this forum, it would be rather embarrassing for them!

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On 10 July 1933, Rothermere wrote an editorial titled Youth Triumphant in support of Adolf Hitler, this was subsequently used as propaganda by the Nazis. In early 1934, Rothermere and the Mail' were editorially sympathetic to Oswald Mosley and the radical National Socialist British Union of Fascists. Rothermere wrote an article entitled "Hurrah for the Blackshirts", in January 1934, praising Mosley for his "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine". During the great abdication crisis of 1936, the Daily Mail supported the King, but was only joined by the Daily Express, Evening Standard and Evening News.

Rothermere was a friend and supporter of both Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, which influenced the Mail's political stance towards them up to 1939. Rothermere visited and corresponded with Hitler. On 1 October 1938, Rothermere sent Hitler a telegram in support of Germany's invasion of the Sudetenland, and expressing the hope that 'Adolf the Great' would become a popular figure in Britain.

In 1938, as persecution of the Jews in Europe escalated, the Mail objected to their seeking asylum in Britain. “The way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage. The number of aliens entering the country through the back door is a problem to which the Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed.”

Rothermere and the Mail supported Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement, particularly during the events leading up to the Munich Agreement. In 2005, the British Foreign Office disclosed previously secret letters from Rothermere addressed to Hitler from the summer of 1939, in which he congratulated the German leader on his annexation of Czechoslovakia, urged him to invade Romania, and called Hitler's work "great and superhuman".


from Wikipedia (with references):

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In early 1934, Rothermere and the Mail were sympathetic to Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists. Rothermere wrote an article, "Hurrah for the Blackshirts", in January 1934, in which he praised Mosley for his "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine" , though after the violence of the 1934 Olympia meeting involving the BUF, the Mail withdrew its support for Mosley.

Rothermere was a friend and supporter of both Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, which influenced the Mail's political stance towards them up to 1939. During this period, it was the only British newspaper consistently to support the German Nazi Party. Rothermere visited and corresponded with Hitler on many occasions. On 1 October 1938, Rothermere sent Hitler a telegram in support of Germany's invasion of the Sudetenland, and expressing the hope that 'Adolf the Great' would become a popular figure in the UK.

In 1937, the Mail's chief war correspondent, George Ward Price, to whom Mussolini once personally wrote in support of him and the newspaper, published a book, I Know These Dictators, in defence of Hitler and Mussolini.

Rothermere and the Mail supported Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement, particularly during the events leading up to the Munich Agreement. However, after the Nazi invasion of Prague in 1939, the Mail changed position and urged Chamberlain to prepare for war, not least, perhaps, because on account of its stance it had been threatened with closure by the British Government.

In 2001 at the 27th G8 Summit held in Genoa, Italy; 93 peaceful anti - globalisation protesters were brutally beaten by the Italian police, falsely imprisoned and made to chant fascist slogans. Posing as a British Embassy official, a woman from the Daily Mail took pictures of some of the prisoners including journalist Mark Covell. The next day the Daily Mail ran a front page story including an entirely false report describing Covell as having helped mastermind the riots. It took 4 years for the newspaper to apologise and pay Covell damages for invasion of privacy.

The paper continues to be referred to on occasion by critics as the Daily Heil, referring to its conservative stance and its past support for Mosley
http://www.lonympics.co.uk/DailyMailNewspaper.htm
January 27th, 2010  
rattler
 
 
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Originally Posted by perseus
The Daily Mail's support for Nazism and Fascism. Good job there are no supporters of this paper on this forum, it would be rather embarrassing for them!

from Wikipedia (with references):

http://www.lonympics.co.uk/DailyMailNewspaper.htm
You have to understand it in the time frame, methinks: Fascist views were very popular in *all* Europe at the time, as it offered apparently simple solutions to complex problems that had arisen from WWI and the economic crisis.

Only after Hitler, Mussolini and Franco showed what the result would be if put to praxis people started thinkng (a bit).

There are many publications all over the news papers of that time (and in the US also) that found the idea interesting if not intriguing.

Rattler
 


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