1 June 2010
Media attention has now moved from the "broken
Britain" message to "Britain
broke" (ie out of money). But "expert"
pundits don't agree on whether to blame the
banks. We present a case of the BBC downplaying the effect
of the bank bailout. More...
BBC1 has broadcast a procession of "fly-on-the wall"
documentary series, filmed from the viewpoint of the authorities,
who are shown to be in pursuit of individual wrongdoers
(often from "lower" classes). Institutions, government
agencies, corporations, etc, don't often get portrayed as
Criticism of the Lancet survey of Iraqi deaths (2006) tends
to polarise opinion according to whether one opposed or supported
the war. Rational dialogue quickly turns into suspicion-mongering
and "bad faith". More...
Most UK newspapers, on September 8th, 2009, headlined with
the "news" of a massive terrorist plot. Actually,
the story was recycled from April 4, 2008. More...
As the media started predicting rising unemployment from
the "global economic crisis", we noticed a surge
of negative media stereotyping of the jobless. More...
We supported Lancet 2004, but scientific opinion seems to
be moving against the 2006 Lancet study (which estimated 601,000
violent deaths). There are more peer-reviewed papers casting
doubt on Lancet 2006 than corroborating it. More...
Pre-election scare tactics...
Daily Mail "makes
stuff up" shock...
for free speech...
Lie-detector nation... or taser-gun
Benefit fraud exaggerated...
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