The Truth About Murdoch by Geoffrey Wheatcroft | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
MacKenzie was editor at the time of the Falklands war in 1982, when the paper celebrated the sinking of an Argentine cruiser with heavy loss of life under the headline GOTCHA, and of the 1983 general election, when the Sun published on its front page a photograph of Michael Foot, the leader of the Labour party, and the headline “Do You Really Want This Old Fool To Run Britain?” And in the Sun twenty years later it was Littlejohn who beat the loudest drum for the Iraq war.
Nor did the Sun’s hysterical support for Blair end there. Apart from his illegal, needless, and mendacious invasion of Iraq, Blair waged another relentless war, on individual freedom, due process, and the rule of law. This reached a climax in late 2005 with his demand for powers to detain “terrorist suspects” for ninety days without trial, an entirely gratuitous proposal abhorred by serious jurists as well as civil-liberty advocates. On November 9, Parliament recovered a little pride and independence, when forty-nine Labour MPs joined the Opposition and voted down the ninety-day proposal.