The Sun’s Kelvin Mackenzie is demanding to know...
"Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice?"
The answer is that the journalist in question, Fatima Manji, works for Channel 4 News and was due to be working that evening. So she did. It's pretty simple really and Mackenzie, grudgingly, acknowledges this in typically snide fashion.
"So why did they do it? The suggestion is that Ms Manji...had been rostered on some time ago and presumably the C4 twerps felt to remove her would cause a bigger row."
Obviously just letting Manji get on with doing her job is at odds with The Sun’s tendency to whip up anger and distrust towards Muslims whenever the opportunity arises (see: Sun's dodgy 'Brit Muslim' survey draws backlash and Sun's 'Brit Muslims' story "significantly misled"). And clearly Mackenzie, thought this was one such opportunity.
Mackenzie went on to imply Manji's involvement in reporting this story was somehow too close for comfort:
"Was it appropriate for [Manji] to be on camera when there had been yet another shocking slaughter by a Muslim?".
However, he might try to justify it, Mackenzie is not only making a gross generalisation about Muslims, he is also suggesting Manji should have been prevented from doing her job because of her religion.
What's more, Mackenzie is so outraged he suggests not only should Manji have been kept off air but so should her employer. "It is coverage like this that raises a question mark over the future of Channel Four," wrote Mackenzie, adding he hopes "the new Culture Secretary [gets rid of the broadcaster]".
At this point, it should be noted there is some bad blood between Channel 4 News and Kelvin Mackenzie. Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News famously confronted Mackenzie over the lies he published about Hillsborough while editor of The Sun.