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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
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The Guardian got a lot of things right with its tributes to footballing legend Johan Cruyff who sadly died on Thursday. It commissioned David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange, the definitive book on Dutch football, and ran an excellent piece... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Star is claiming "EASTER EGGS" have been "BANNED" so as not to offend "non Christians". By which it means it has heard there are some Easter eggs in the shops which don't have the word "Easter" on them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Boris Johnson is doing his bit to push Britain towards the Brexit door and like many in the ‘leave’ camp he seems intent on doing it one silly lie at a time. It’s text book stuff: pick a ridiculous lie... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at The Media Blog
David Cameron’s PR operation has been criticised for fobbing off local newspapers with an article attributed to the PM that was compiled with an "insert name of county here" level of sincerity and all the humanity of an automated voice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The Media Blog
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As part of its ongoing commitment to being wrong about the weather, the Daily Express has published two contrasting forecasts for this Easter: (Hat tips: @scottberwick; @blogdroed). Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The Media Blog
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From Sky News to The Telegraph, via The Mirror, The Metro, The Sun and the Evening Standard, UK media outlets were falling over themselves on Friday to report the find of a 'giant rat' in East London. "Rat 'as big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at The Media Blog
A correction published by the Guardian last week began: "A review of David Astor: A Life in Print, a biography of the former editor of the Observer, contained a number of errors." They say "a number of errors" and it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The Sunday Express has claimed the EU wants to take "control of our coasts". According to the paper: "THE EU has drawn up plans to seize control of the British coastguard service as it creates a Europe-wide border force. Critics... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at The Media Blog
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According to today's papers we're all going to have to work until we're 75. Or 81. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at The Media Blog
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The UK's first new national newspaper in 30 years: The New Day launched on Monday. As I pick up The New Day it strikes me how light it is. I wasn’t expecting the Sunday Times but at 40 pages it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Media Blog
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Recently, I read a list published by Press Gazette of the most unpopular jargon terms and clichés used by PR people. Right on cue, the very next email I received from a PR person explained they were "reaching out" to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at The Media Blog
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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 Feb 9, 2016 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 Feb 8, 2016 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 Feb 5, 2016 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