This is what institutionalised bullying and racism looks like.

50 - yes, fifty - articles attacking Meghan Merkle were published on the Express website yesterday. That's *50* articles in *24* hours.

One headline in particular (highlighted below) deserves special attention.
By comparison, the Sun is practically a model of probity with a mere 28 aggressive headlines yesterday.

(Theirs tend to be even more vicious than the Express bile. Where they lack in number they make up in impact).
What about the Telegraph, that up-market tabloid for those who know how to spell "hail Hilter"?

Well, their search engine leaves a lot to be desired, but they published at least 19 articles yesterday.
But let's not forget the Daily Mail, who managed to scrape together 31 articles yesterday from the sewer they get their Meghan Merkle attack stories from.

(Note: they tend to go for ridiculously long headlines that summarise the whole story, so have truncated for space).
If you're following along, that's 128 almost unanimously negative (many VERY hurtful and offensive) articles about Meghan Merkle across 4 newspaper websites in 24 hours.

That's a pace of over 45,000 articles a year.

There is a terrible sickness in parts of the British media.
(Apologies for deliberately misspelling her surname throughout this thread. Thought that might go some way to limit the number of trolls stumbling across it.)

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