Funny how elections force newspapers to change stances. It was only last week the Evening Standard had endorsed Zac Goldsmith as the Mayor of London. Now it is back-tracking already.
In an editorial published this afternoon, it stated:
By contrast, the Tory campaign was catastrophically misjudged. The attempt to suggest that Mr Khan was sympathetic to extremism backfired badly: Londoners got a toxic whiff from the campaign and the result was that Mr Khan’s support was bolstered rather than otherwise. Many people were attracted to his life story: his rise from a council estate to become Mayor of London embodies the can-do, egalitarian character of the city.
Quite brave of the Evening Standard to blame Zac Goldsmith’s campaign, since it among the first to fling mud at Khan with the exclusive about Sadiq Khan’s ex-brother-in-law ‘link to extremism’.
We demolished that story here.
The Evening Standard then continually gave outsized prominence to more accusations of extremism from Conservative politicians, sometimes without basic fact-checking.
Now, desperate to salvaging its reputation, it is laying the blame entirely with Golsdsmith’s campaign.
— Joe Public (@jpublik) May 9, 2016
No doubt Khan will forgive and move on, but unlikely that others will.