Dalglish: MacKenzie couldn’t handle the truth

Ex-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has revealed a talk he had with then Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

After The Sun falsely accused Liverpool fans of pick-pocketing and urinating on the dying, Mackenzie rang Dalglish asking how he could “resolve the problem”.

Dalglish told him: “See the headline that you put in, ‘THE TRUTH’? Just have another one as big: ‘WE LIED. SORRY.’”

“Kenny, we can’t do that,” said Mackenzie, to which Dalglish replied: “I can’t help you then.”

Dalglish said in his autobiography, serialised in the Daily Mirror: “He simply didn’t realise the offence he’d caused to a grieving city.”

(Source: The Mirror)

This article appears in issue 252 of Media Digest.




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