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The Daily Express on Tuesday leads with: 'QUIT THE EU TO SAVE OUR NHS'. We're told a "Top doctor says migrants are bleeding it dry". The Express tells us "Britain should leave the EU in order to save an NHS... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Media Blog
Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped in to address an angry backlash from users worried about rumoured changes to Twitter's timeline (see: 'Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week' - Buzzfeed). "I want you all to know... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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What do you do if the facts don't suit the story you want to push? Create some facts that do, apparently. Hence Friday's claim from the Daily Express that "92% want to quit the EU". The Express claims this is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Media Blog
On Friday it was reported the government is moving 'Northern Powerhouse' jobs to London. The Mirror reports: "The Government's 'Northern Powerhouse' department is to shut down its office in Sheffield, moving 247 jobs to London in a blow to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail today asked "Why DO so many celebs have knobbly knees?" No really, they actually did. Why DO so many celebs have knobbly knees? This feature was possibly the result of a brainstorm entitled 'what body parts can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The Media Blog
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After one of the warmest Decembers on record you could forgive certain hapless weather reporters for quietly backing away from their discredited "coldest winter" predictions. But not so. The Daily Express earlier this month claimed an "Arctic SNOWBOMB" would "smash... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Social media managers may be resolving to pay closer attention to their calendars in the New Year after a few brands jumped the gun with scheduled tweets intended for midnight on New Year's Eve. Sadly for them they got the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Radio Times found itself in hot water with fans of The Apprentice on Sunday night when it announced plumber Joseph Valente had won the reality TV show before the result had actually been broadcast. The Radio Times had clearly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at The Media Blog
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On 24 July this year, the Daily Express reported that there are now "311 LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN OUR SCHOOLS". What’s more, its front front page splash claimed "English is starting to die out" due to "mass immigration". The paper went... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Daily Mail has reported: "Donald Trump tonight faced calls to be banned from Britain over 'obnoxious, repellent and dangerous' claims that police in London 'fear for their lives' because some communities are so radicalised... In an unprecedented condemnation, Mr... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Sun has apologised for a story it ran over the weekend and confirmed a "Sun investigator" who claimed to have crossed Europe by boat and train without a passport actually flew using a valid passport and subsequently lied about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The New York Daily News has attracted worldwide attention over the past week with a series of provocative front pages (below) which followed the latest mass-shooting in America. At first the paper was uncompromising in its honesty - pointing out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Sun has been accused of running a falsified account of how "A Sun investigator managed to smuggle himself 2,000 miles from Turkey to Paris in just six days without showing his passport". It's article was headlined: "6 DAYS TO... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The Media Blog
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With December upon us, it seems a good time to check in for the first time on this year’s Daily Express winter weather prediction (right). Back in September, the Express claimed "Britain is facing the most savage winter in more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Despite some rather desperate attacks on Jeremy Corbyn of late ("he didn't bow!", "he didn't sing!" "his bicycle is a communist!"), you'd think even his fiercest critics among the media would draw the line at trying to blame the pacifist... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at The Media Blog
Certain newspapers are often among the first to criticise the meddling of the so-called "nanny state". How dare this "nanny state" tell us how to live our lives or bring up our children. Yet when the BBC recently announced it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Times has issued a correction after it followed sister paper The Sun in distorting the findings of a Survation poll on British Muslim attitudes towards fighters in Syria. The Times correction states: "We reported the findings of a Survation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Not in our name: Possibly fearing a PR disaster, Survation distances itself from The Sun's misrepresentation of a survey it conducted. Polling company Survation has distanced itself from The Sun’s misleading news story about support for jihadis among UK Muslims.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at The Media Blog
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It seems a long time since The Sun claimed it wanted to 'unite the UK' against the threat of Islamic terrorism (a claim met with some cynicism at the time). Now the paper is using that threat to whip up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The Media Blog
'Associated Newspapers vs Paul Weller' may not go down in history as one of the most shocking examples of invasion of privacy by the UK media but it is surely a contender for most fatuous. Lawyers acting for the publisher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Publisher Bauer has announced it is to stop publishing print titles FHM and Zoo. Hopefully any staff affected have had a plan B in place for some time as this news has certainly seemed inevitable since the closure of Nuts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express has named and shamed MP Simon Danczuk for apparently tweeting during Wednesday's two minute silence (something Danczuk has denied, blaming technical issues): However, it seems like a case of 'do as we say, not as we do'... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Sun on Wednesday reported that Ofcom was investigating the BBC following "complaints" about new drama London Spy: "OFCOM is to investigate BBC2's London Spy after complaints over its explicit sex scenes and nudity. Stars Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Over the past few weeks certain sections of the media have been whipping themselves up into the annual frenzy over who has been spotted not wearing a poppy. It’s a free and easy source of manufactured outrage at a time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at The Media Blog
No sooner had I flagged a laughable piece of product placement in an apparent news article on the Daily Mail's website than somebody flagged this clumsy effort from music title the NME last week which was supposed to be about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at The Media Blog