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BBC radio presenter Mike Read has defended his bizarre anti-immigration 'UKIP Calypso', claiming it is "old-fashioned political satire". He's half right. It's certainly old-fashioned. So are the black and white minstrels and comedians blacking up. Perhaps in UKIP, where party... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Media Blog
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Last week the Daily Star claimed 100 terror attacks are being thwarted in the UK each week. It also told us there was a 50 foot crab off the Kent coast and a ghost in the X Factor house. In... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
Writing in her column for The Sun, former Tory MP Louise Mensch has trotted out one of the laziest non-sequiturs aired in the heated debate around press regulation. Under the headline "8 kids by 5 women – it’s no wonder... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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As if the very real dangers of ebola weren't scary enough, it seems some media outlets are intent on talking it up as much as possible. Take Tuesday's front page of The Times, which claimed: However, the quotes in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Star has fallen in love with some 'black-eyed ghost children' from Cannock Chase in the Midlands. Last week the paper ran three front page stories about them: Attack of the black-eyed ghost children! It makes a change from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Sun has called on all faiths in the UK to show a united front in the face of a growing "extremist" threat. Its striking front page features a woman in a union jack hijab. The problem The Sun may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A number of newspapers, including the Daily Mail, were this week celebrating David Cameron's promise to axe the Human Rights Act. But while the Mail seems happy to see others' human rights ignored and left unprotected it is not above... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A number of papers have seized upon David Cameron's promise to axe the Human Rights Act if the Conservative party win at the next general election. The Human Rights Act of course safeguards everything from the freedom of the press... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at The Media Blog
The Mirror has provided the new press regulator IPSO with its first test after the paper's sting which forced Tory minister Brooks Newmark to resign, started to backfire badly almost the second it hit the news stands. Many critics claimed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mirror has sparked debate about media ethics with a story based on a sting by a freelance journalist who pretended to be a young woman online to flirt with a number of MPs. The Mirror reports: "A Tory minister...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Clarification of the week: The Torquay Herald Express thought it was onto a big local news story when they heard former James Bond Roger Moore had enjoyed a scotch egg on their patch... But it seems one of their key... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Emma Watson was given a standing ovation at the United Nations when she delivered a speech on equality and feminism. The actress and Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women highlighted the sexism and objectification she has faced in her own life,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Media Blog
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According to the Telegraph, Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker landed himself in hot water with the BBC over some sweary tweets. The Telegraph reports: "An unapologetic Gary Lineker will be warned over his use of social media by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A question posted to its Facebook group by BBC Radio Devon has sparked much mirth online. A listener to the station's gardening show The Potting Shed wanted to identify a plant that was growing in her garden. Cue a picture... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A review of a Pizza Express restaurant, written as a college assignment by a teenage student and published by the Peterborough Telegraph, has become an unlikely internet hit. Highlights of the review, written by Holly Aston included: "For the starter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Jon Snow described it as "the headline you won’t see": 'Gordon Brown saves the union'. You won’t see it of course because it patently isn’t true, even if Snow’s colleague Krishnan Guru-Murthy and ITV's Tom Bradby also took to Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at The Media Blog
The referendum has happened. Scotland is staying part of the UK. We can now confirm that clouds and pieces of chicken are not reliable political pundits. We can also confirm that bookmakers are more reliable than polling organisations if you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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With the all-important vote looming on Scottish Independence, it seems most meetings to decide Thursday's front pages started and ended with somebody saying "what about doing something with flags?": After weeks of often very negative and generally divisive headlines, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Could a cloud photographed over Sardinia that looks like a rough approximation of the UK without Scotland on top be an omen as to how the Scottish referendum will turn out? Or what about a piece of fried chicken? Of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Telegraph is walking something of a fine line, trying to balance two causes it feels strongly about: supporting the 'No' campaign in the Scottish referendum and doing the BBC down at every opportunity. The problem is, these two causes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Media Blog
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According to the Telegraph, the Queen has "broken her silence" and made a "hugely significant intervention" in the Scottish independence debate. So what did she do? According to the Telegraph the "hugely significant" moment happened while the Queen was making... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The golden rule - or Sod's law - of subbing or editing an article about poor levels of literacy and spelling is that you are almost guaranteed to miss a typo. Sure enough, a Daily Mail article on Wednesday blaming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Given the advancing years of the Daily Express's readership you might think the paper would be in favour of some sensible measures to help readers reduce their energy bills - especially with winter on the way. Yet the EU's attempt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Media Blog
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It would be very wrong to assume everybody knows - or even cares - what cloud computing is but I'm pretty sure even the Daily Mail's readers knew that it didn't involve an actual cloud. After all, what if it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The purpose of awards ceremonies is very rarely to recognise the deserving. Normally they are laid on to create publicity and revenue for the organisers. And it seems nobody knows this better than GQ magazine. In recent years the magazine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Media Blog