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Kim Sears (aka "Andy Murray's girlfriend"), was caught on camera apparently muttering a few choice words at the tennis. "Hold the front page" I joked on Twitter as media outlets rushed to cover this breaking news, armed with lip-readers and... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Media Blog
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Last week we saw the Daily Express base a very misleading front page story on a ludicrously flawed piece of research conducted by some eurosceptic politicians. And in the run up to the election we're likely to hear lots of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Media Blog
What a mess. One day page 3 was no more. Then it was back again. Then some who said it was no more said it was back again and apologised for saying it was no more while others who said... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Media Blog
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The headline on the front of Wednesday's Express screams: But the headline is based on a poll conducted in just one small corner of middle-England. Despite this, the Express makes a great play of this being "the biggest vote on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Media Blog
After 44 years it has been reported The Sun has quietly dropped its traditional page 3 featuring daily pictures of topless women. However, it should be pointed out The Sun maintains that reports in The Guardian and even its own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
As noted here, it seems the right way to frame an article about 'Blue Monday' is to start by making clear 'Blue Monday' doesn't deserve to have any articles written about it. Here are just 10 intros from articles published... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
'Blue Monday' is nonsense but it seems there is still an irresistable urge in the media to churn out the easy puff pieces it gives rise to. The rule for the savvy is they just have to begin with an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Mail readers may be surprised and a little confused to see the Sunday paper giving away a half price smoothie maker and a guide to making smoothies, just days after the Daily paper had run a pretty strongly-worded hatchet job... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The Media Blog
With terrorist attrocities and a fast approaching general election taking up much of the media’s time in recent weeks there’s been very little time for scaremongering about Ebola. But a headline on Sky News yesterday reported "Suspected Ebola Case In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Fox News may have a rich history of mangling even the most self-evident of truths but even by their standards, "expert" terrorism commentator Steve Emerson turned the nonsense up to eleven when he told viewers: "In Britain there are actual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Following the atrocities in Paris this week, conducted by a small group of people claiming to be Islamic extremists, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has waded in to blame ALL muslims: Perhaps Murdoch actually mistakenly believes 1.6 billion people are to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at The Media Blog
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According to The Guardian: That's right. If we learned anything during the whole of 2014, it's that ankles 'were the new sideboob'. This ends a years-long search by a host of media outlets, such as the Guardian, Daily Mail and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Times proclaiming Nigel Farage 'Briton of the Year' certainly got the reaction the paper was no doubt looking for. Others will likely go to town on how Farage has shaken up British politics as we near the general election.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at The Media Blog
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On 1 January 2014, the Daily Express reported: "Britain will today be hit by the first wave of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants keen to take advantage of our generous taxpayer-funded benefits. At least 5,000 are expected in the first week... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at The Media Blog
These were the top 10, most-read posts from 2014, as clicked on by readers of The Media Blog: 1. Mail's foreign nurse claim wasn't even close Are four out of five new nurses foreign as the Mail claimed? Not even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Remember when the media would get irate about the high price of petrol? This was The Telegraph on 10 March 2013: Well now the price of petrol is falling, so the media must all be happy right? Here's the Telegraph... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story claiming four out of five new nurses are "FOREIGN". But it turns out the claim was bogus. The real figure is more like one in five, according to a correction issued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Business Insider has published an interesting review of how newspapers are fairing as they transition from the paper-based world they knew so well into a digital age which so clearly still flummoxes some of them. The Guardian and the Mail... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mail on Sunday was displaying trademark outrage this weekend over BBC Radio 4's decision to pick Hilary Mantel's series of short stories, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, for Book At Bedtime. The paper described it as a "sick and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Almost exactly 12 months ago the Express claimed experts had revealed that regular exercise, not smoking, keeping our weight down, cutting back on booze and having a healthy diet could cure dementia. (Hat tip Alex Parsons) Wind the clock forward... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at The Media Blog
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On Wednesday Channel 4 News ran a hatchet job on a so-called 'hipster' cafe in London's Shoreditch which is selling imported breakfast cereals at upwards of £2.50 per bowl. Now the business owner has taken to Facebook to hit back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
Mash-up maestro Cassetteboy has worked his magic once again on The Apprentice, splicing together clips from the annual BBC bozofest in the name of smutty humour. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Of all the common tabloid journalese we are exposed to one of the oddest phrases, when you stop to think about it, is the one suggesting celebrities regularly embrace, kiss or go on dates with "strangers". Here's an example that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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It's not every day you see the Daily Mail run a story which makes a cast iron case for increased immigration. But Tuesday's front page (right) is pretty unambiguous, even if the language is still typically 'us and them' and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Sun continued its increasingly bitter spat with Russell Brand on Friday with a front page declaring that 64 per cent of Brits don’t find the comedian funny and 68 per cent think he is a hypocrite. The findings appear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The Media Blog