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Tuesday’s Sun is urging MPs to back Brexit with a very ‘Brexity’ front page (in as much as it is a combination of nostalgia, willful ignorance and fabrication). For example, among the icons of ‘Great Britain’ the Sun wants MPs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at The Media Blog
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Boris Johnson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his excitement at Donald Trump's planned visit to the UK. This of course is the same Boris Johnson who in 2015 accused Donald Trump of "stupefying ignorance" and said he was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail is calling the government’s review of 1p and 2p pieces a "PR disaster" but the opposite is almost certainly true. This looks like a calculated - and fairly effective - move to control the day's news. Having... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at The Media Blog
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Over the weekend, Center Parcs became the latest advertiser to turn its back on the Daily Mail after consumers complained about its ads appearing alongside a Richard Littlejohn article that has been branded homophobic. Another advertiser, the Southbank Centre, also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at The Media Blog
Piers Morgan tried hard to convince viewers there were revelations and tricky moments for Donald Trump during his interview with the US President (10pm Sunday, ITV). The interview was regularly broken up by Morgan’s own commentary on what we had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Media Blog
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On Friday the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed 2017 saw the slowest annual growth in the UK economy since 2012. Over the year the economy grew 1.8 per cent which was slower than 2016 and each of the previous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail has hit back after clothing retailer Joy announced plans to stop its ads appearing on its website. The announcement came after campaign group Stop Funding Hate highlighted the fact Joy's ads were appearing next to a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Media Blog
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It seems no matter what story you're looking to run - and no matter how insignificant the story - you will always be able to find some tweets to help prove your point (or indeed the opposite point, should you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Channel 4’s plans to screen recordings of Princess Diana drew fierce criticism from some quarters of the UK media. The Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail, for example, rallied behind accusations that Channel 4 had paid "grubby blood money" to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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For years the Daily Mail has campaigned for tougher border controls. But that hasn't stopped them crying foul as tougher border controls have inevitably resulted in queues at airports. Clearly when the Daily Mail called for tougher border controls it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The Media Blog
More than a decade ago, podcasts were the talk of the town; the next big thing for broadcasters, publishers and wannabe internet celebrities alike. And while podcasts have proved a popular addition to many peoples’ daily diets of digital content,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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A few short days ago the majority of UK newspapers were still trying to drag Theresa May's ailing election campaign over the finish line (albeit half-heartedly at times). But following May's disastrous performance at the polls on Thursday and her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at The Media Blog
Endorsements for the General Election from UK newspapers have followed fairly traditional lines. But some of the efforts have seemed at best half-hearted. In the absence of anything convincingly positive to say about the Conservatives, The Sun, Daily Mail and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The UK is once again in the grips of the contrived annual outrage over "Easter" being 'banned' in the name of political correctness. It follows in the proud tradition of the Daily Mail trying to convince readers that Christmas has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express has run a couple of stories this week criticising the BBC for a bias over Brexit. Presumably the Express can't understand why the BBC doesn't run glowingly positive pro-Brexit stories like "BREXIT BOOM: London now cheapest of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Just when I thought 2016 had made me immune to surprise at the inexplicable twists and turns in British politics, this headline appeared: While the Evening Standard may not be the paper it once was, it's still impossible to see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express has a proud tradition of getting the weather wrong. The paper's commitment to trying to scare its elderly readership with apocalyptic weather predictions is matched only by its ability to get those predictions consistently wrong. No wonder... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at The Media Blog
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Christmas is always a busy time for retailers and this year will be absolutely no different. As such, Brexit fanzine the Sunday Express may be over-reaching a little with its front page urging readers to consider this Christmas a triumph... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at The Media Blog
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