The ancient protagonists of controversial headlines in Great Britain, the Daily Mail, have recently come out and apologized for their part in ‘stirring the pot’ during the witch hunts that took place in what would become the United Kingdom more than two hundred years ago.
Current editor for the Daily Mail, Gary Salem, told RP that ‘It was all a long time ago, but the way the paper handled the whole situation was maybe a little click baity.’
The witch hunts across that era in history have been estimated to have led to tens of thousands of deaths worldwide.
Those that had the deadly, warted finger of witchery pointed in their directions were generally women, and often working as midwives. Trials were held by angry mobs who feared for their Christian souls and wanted anyone accused executed. Unfortunately for the souls of the mob, the term paradox would not come into use for two more centuries.
Speaking of the hysteria that took hold of the people at the time, current practicing witch Grand Wart said that “It is impossible to remove the Daily Chain Mail from the paranoia that overtook the people of the time. Everyone was so certain that witches were trying to take their souls away from them. As if their souls were even that good.”
There have been some that have suggested that it was in fact the Daily Mail that were the ones that had ‘sold their soul to the devil.’
However, co-founder Mike Turner, who stills sits on the board of the newspaper, firmly denies the allegations. He has furiously responded that ‘there is absolutely no evidence I am aware of that the Daily Mail or anyone in its employ has ever been involved in blood magic of any sort.’
Other critics of the Mail’s past have stated that the apology is ‘Too little, too late.’ And that ‘this is before they were even using a printing press, they should be more concerned with their current attitudes.’
However, conservatives have come out in defense of the paper, like Wade from Stoke on Trent, who pointed out on social media that the Daily Mail has only been using the printing press for a decade, before they moved away from crayons.
The jury is out about the time-frames involved with the Daily Mail’s apologies on its coverage of important issues. But those waiting in the wings for apologies over the way they have been represented more recently, are left fearing they are unlikely to get justice before 2217.
A columnist for the Guardian has spoken out on behalf of the many demographics that have been wronged by the Mail saying that “The Daily Mail’s apologies over the witch trials do not go far enough, and it is clear they are playing the same game now as they did then.”
“The problem is not simply that they created a climate of hate, but that they still feel comfortable using the term ‘witch’, when everyone is aware that ‘magical using person’ is the proper pronoun.”