Volte-face

Interesting to see the editorial handbrake turns executed by several newspapers in light of the death of two young boys attempting to migrate to Europe with their parents. The Sun and the Daily Mail good examples, and while they both have a certain ideological line to peddle, it’s also interesting to see them respond so quickly to the currents of public opinion even if it takes them on a reverse course to what they were saying before, and in the Mail’s case, what they’re still saying only over the page.

Here’s two samples from the Sun:

The Sun: Migrants are to be helped!
The Sun: Migrants are to be helped

The Sun: Migrants are to be feared!
The Sun: Migrants are to be feared

And the Daily Mail, which is very confused. Evidently the new editorial line in the Mail came in after most of the paper had been put to bed.