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Will Sturgeon
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It seems no matter what story you're looking to run - and no matter how insignificant the story - you will always be able to find some tweets to help prove your point (or indeed the opposite point, should you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Channel 4’s plans to screen recordings of Princess Diana drew fierce criticism from some quarters of the UK media. The Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail, for example, rallied behind accusations that Channel 4 had paid "grubby blood money" to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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For years the Daily Mail has campaigned for tougher border controls. But that hasn't stopped them crying foul as tougher border controls have inevitably resulted in queues at airports. Clearly when the Daily Mail called for tougher border controls it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The Media Blog
More than a decade ago, podcasts were the talk of the town; the next big thing for broadcasters, publishers and wannabe internet celebrities alike. And while podcasts have proved a popular addition to many peoples’ daily diets of digital content,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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A few short days ago the majority of UK newspapers were still trying to drag Theresa May's ailing election campaign over the finish line (albeit half-heartedly at times). But following May's disastrous performance at the polls on Thursday and her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at The Media Blog
Endorsements for the General Election from UK newspapers have followed fairly traditional lines. But some of the efforts have seemed at best half-hearted. In the absence of anything convincingly positive to say about the Conservatives, The Sun, Daily Mail and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The UK is once again in the grips of the contrived annual outrage over "Easter" being 'banned' in the name of political correctness. It follows in the proud tradition of the Daily Mail trying to convince readers that Christmas has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express has run a couple of stories this week criticising the BBC for a bias over Brexit. Presumably the Express can't understand why the BBC doesn't run glowingly positive pro-Brexit stories like "BREXIT BOOM: London now cheapest of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Just when I thought 2016 had made me immune to surprise at the inexplicable twists and turns in British politics, this headline appeared: While the Evening Standard may not be the paper it once was, it's still impossible to see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express has a proud tradition of getting the weather wrong. The paper's commitment to trying to scare its elderly readership with apocalyptic weather predictions is matched only by its ability to get those predictions consistently wrong. No wonder... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Christmas is always a busy time for retailers and this year will be absolutely no different. As such, Brexit fanzine the Sunday Express may be over-reaching a little with its front page urging readers to consider this Christmas a triumph... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at The Media Blog
Many papers seemed able to agree today on a story about rising beer prices. Here's a selection: "The price of a pint of beer could be cranked up by a staggering 30p next year because of Brexit, leading pub operators... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Media Blog
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In further proof that no spin is too ridiculous in the 'post-fact' world of Brexit Britain, last Friday the Daily Express claimed the slowing of the economy was actually proof it is "booming". Who knew. UK economic growth dropped from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Media Blog
Even by the standards of 'post-fact' politics and the Brexit inspired distrust of experts, the criticism of Chancellor Philip Hammond in Monday's Telegraph is remarkable: "Philip Hammond is facing accusations of attempting to "undermine Brexit"...The Chancellor has been criticised by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at The Media Blog
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For want of something more sensible to do, The Telegraph is campaigning for the return of the royal yacht Britannia, which was taken out of service in 1997. "Bring back Britannia to rule the waves after Brexit" This folly seems... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mirror has deleted a tweet and a story that drew criticism late Thursday. The tweet suggested an MP crossing her legs while in shot of TV cameras in Parliament had actually been treating viewers to a "Basic Instinct"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Media Blog
Some newspapers who backed Brexit are still desperately trying to convince readers it's been a success. But the pro-Brexit Sun has gone a different route, attempting to distract readers from reality with the inconsequential tokenism of a campaign to "bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Financial Times' detailed write-up of the Bank of England's interest rate cut makes for sobering reading. The paper focused on the bleak warnings issued by the Bank's head, Mark Carney: And just so we're absolutely clear what the Bank... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at The Media Blog
Those newspapers who tried hard to convince their readers to vote for Brexit are now trying even harder to paint the outcome of the referendum in as positive a light as possible. And nobody is trying harder than the Daily... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The Media Blog
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A triumphant Daily Express, which urged its readers to vote for Brexit, is claiming the decision to leave the EU has already provided a welcome boost to the UK economy in the shape of soaring house prices and a bumper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Kelvin MacKenzie’s comments about Channel 4 News journalist Fatima Manji have been widely condemned. A statement from Channel 4 News made clear the broadcaster’s view: "The comments published in The Sun today by Mr MacKenzie are offensive, completely unacceptable and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at The Media Blog
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Tony Blair is all over the front pages of the newspapers following the revelations of the Chilcot report. One headline stands out more than most. This from The Times: While Blair's role in taking Britain to war in the Middle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Ken Clarke is a seasoned campaigner and veteran of hundreds of television interviews, so it seemed odd that he would be caught out on camera in a television studio, with the microphone on, sharing candid opinions on the Tory leadership... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail has thrown its support behind Theresa May in the Conservative leadership contest, which might make things a little awkward between the Mail's bosses and one of their star columnists Sarah Vine ("aka Mrs Michael Gove"): The Daily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at The Media Blog