The baying of the yellow hounds of journalism continues at other papers, with the Mail Online breathlessly reporting: “Revealed: how atheist Richard Dawkins’ family fortune came from the slave trade.” Note the use of the descriptive “atheist” instead of “biologist,” and the article’s complete neglect of the fact that the vast bulk of Richard’s “wealth” came from his writings. The article’s claims are lifted directly from Adam Lusher’s Telegraph article, with the addition of these three lovely illustrations:
This is the journalistic equivalent of the racks and thumbscrews of the Inquisition. There is no explanation other than Dawkins’s criticism of religion. Will the Guardian join the pack?
I’d like to point out that the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth and her royal relatives engaged in torture, poisoning, and beheading of wives who didn’t produce sons. Shall we then see a headline like “Revealed: Queen’s ancestors were murderous, misogynistic thugs”?