Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun newspaper between the years of 1981 and 1994, is set to return as a columnist in a hugely controversial move. The former editor is most well-known for the infamous Sun coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which the paper accused Liverpool fans of pick-pocketing dead fans, urinating on policemen and beating up a policeman who was giving someone the kiss of life, under the headline “The Truth”.
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23 years on from the tragedy, after MacKenzie had left, The Sun posted an alternative front page with the headline “The Real Truth”, seemingly by way of apology for their former editor’s callous report and in an attempt to distance themselves from him. With his return imminent, it begs the question how sincere they were in that gesture.
Kelvin MacKenzie is back at The S*n so how much do they really care about their part in the Hillsoborough tragedy? #JFT96
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) March 23, 2015
Kelvin MacKenzie is back at the Sun! Further evidence that neither party cares at all about the pain and disgust they’ve caused.
— Simon Brown (@simonianbrown) March 23, 2015
The families had barely begun grieving when Kelvin MacKenzie accused fans at Hillsborough of urinating on the dead. Now he’s back at The Sun — Graham Linehan (@Glinner) March 23, 2015
Kelvin Mackenzie is positioning himself as a “Hillsborough victim”. Couldn’t stoop any lower if he tried.
— Seamus (@ErnestHemingMay) March 23, 2015
The Sun – inviting back Kelvin Mackenzie & publishing a piece on Home Secretary Theresa May’s cleavage. Staying classy as ever.
— Mazza (@ScotsGeekGirl) March 23, 2015
Hopefully The Sun’s circulation will drop to nothing and Mackenzie & Murdoch will drop dead of massive heart attacks http://t.co/JdzS169KRb
— JFT96 (@ImKhan70) March 23, 2015