Media Guardian’s Bake Off Dog Whistle

“For the past three years the Mail has run a picture caption of the Bake Off winner on the front page,” complains Media Guardian, sniping that “on Thursday the Mail chose not to run a front-page picture” of this year’s winner. “Why did the Daily Mail lose its taste for the Great British Bake Off?” they ask. The unsubtle implication being that for some reason they are not fans of Muslim winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain.

Except Nadiya’s win was the splash on MailOnline this morning:

And received glowing coverage saying she “won the hearts of viewers“, “became everyone’s favourite” and won a “tear-jerking victory“. Jan Moir wrote for the paper:

“Watching her grow and triumph over the weeks has been a joy.”

The only people making assumptions based on Nadiya’s religion are those at Media Guardian, blowing a dog whistle for their bigoted readers’ Dacre-phobia…




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