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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
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The Sun was always going to use Thursday's front page to urge readers to vote Leave in the referendum, no doubt pleasing its infamously Euro-sceptic owner Rupert Murdoch. But the fact the paper also managed to promote Independence Day: Resurgence... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Milton Keynes law firm Baker Small will have been an unfamiliar name to most people but it may just have secured a starring role in chapter one of the 'How Not To Tweet' handbook. The firm tweeted a number of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Noel Edmonds seems to have become the bitter ex who is incapable of moving on from a relationship he once had with the BBC. Noel has complained about the organisation, repeatedly, to anybody who will listen while publicly declaring his... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at The Media Blog
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According to the Express the EU is coming for our kettles – and may have their sights set on our toasters too. As the Express seeks to firm up support for a Brexit vote in June, the paper obviously thinks... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Running the pro-Brexit 'Leave' campaign has always looked like an uphill struggle. In the absence of credible arguments they have had to cobble together a campaign based on old lies, scaremongering and a handful of celebrity endorsements. It seemed inevitable... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Following the announcement on Thursday that the paper was to close The New Day has published its final edition after just two months in existence: Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The Media Blog
The New Day has called it a day. Posting on Facebook, editor Alison Phillips said the paper had failed to attract enough readers to make it viable. "We have tried everything we could but sadly we just haven't reached the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The Media Blog
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In the 'How To Do Social Media Wrong' handbook there must by now be a whole chapter dedicated to why brands shouldn't try to exploit somebody's death, yet 3M's social media team clearly hadn't read it before hitting send on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Express has claimed the EU has a "secret plan" to take CONTROL of YOUR pension. The story, which even the Express admits is based on nothing more substantial than "fear" and "speculation" is clearly designed to scare the aged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The Media Blog
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For the past two days, the Daily Mail has been throwing a front page hissy-fit about lawyers preventing them from reporting some celebrity gossip. Yes, these privacy injunctions can seem a bit of a silly anachronism which sometimes only serve... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at The Media Blog
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It's taken four months, but IPSO, the newspaper industry funded regulator, has now reached the conclusion that The Sun's significantly misleading story about "1 in 5" British Muslims being IS sympathisers was indeed "significantly misleading". (See: Sun's dodgy 'Brit Muslim'... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at The Media Blog