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Tagged: / Posted: 1 July 2009

 A press release from the National Union of Journalists, dated July 1st 2009, captures one more example of the overwhelming trend:


Tagged: / Posted: 25 June 2009

Fiction becomes fact in a Bolivian news broadcast about the Air France disaster....





Tagged: / Posted: 22 June 2009

What a fantastic book Nick Davies has written. A missile strike at the heart of dodgy journalism. A really important book. It's brought to mind several examples of poor journalism standards to mind, not least the mantra that the editor of the Daily Star, Dawn Neesom, utters. Or at least, she did when I worked for the paper. In conference, one of her favourite sayings was: "Don't lie to me, lie to the readers." She'd say this quite frequently, and without any shame. Just astonishing.

Tagged: / Posted: 22 May 2009

I'm a pupil at Banchory Academy where recently a pupil set off a smoke
bomb, setting off fire alarms in the process, and leading to the evacuation
of all pupils from the school. It sounds more dramatic than it actually
was, especially if you read the Daily Express or the Sun. The same reporter
is credited with both stories, and they both read almost identically, apart
from a bit about cost (£5 difference). Given that the picture accompanying
both articles are of military grade grenades(certainly no such item was

Tagged: / Posted: 21 May 2009

A reader sent in the following link in which, she argued, there were links to some of the themes in Flat Earth News. It concerns a controversy about the Bath Chronicle's reporting of the British National Party:



Tagged: / Posted: 15 May 2009

You have to feel sorry for the reporter at Thisiskent.co.uk who was reduced to writing a full-blooded 615 words on this:

Whitstable mum in custard shortage

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 19:42

A MUM of three is dis-custard after a hunt for the dessert sauce in the town proved fruitless.

Tagged: / Posted: 13 May 2009

The Norwegian television journalists who exposed the Flat Earth News story about the non-existent famine in Niger in 2005 have put their programme onto youtube. You can get it by putting 'Famine Scam' into the youtube search engine.

Tagged: / Posted: 7 May 2009

As a measure of the sheer ease with which it is possible to inject false material into global news media, have a look at this link (which may remind those who have read the book of the exploits of a certain football fan called Paul Hucker....):



Tagged: / Posted: 29 April 2009

Here's a very interesting piece of detective work by a blogger, which seems to knock a big, fat hole in a Sun story which picked up and exaggerated the false police account of how Ian Tomlinson died at the G20 demonstration in the City of London in April.


 For more background on media misinformation around the death of Mr Tomlinson, see http://www.nickdavies.net/ for story headlined "Can journalists trust the police?", filed also under Police and Problems with Journalism.

Tagged: / Posted: 26 April 2009

"Internet users 'could suffer brownouts due to YouTube and iPlayer'
Internet users will endure slower and less reliable connections from next year as websites such as YouTube and the BBC's iPlayer cause online traffic to double, experts warn."

(See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/technologynew...)

Anything with the phrase "experts warn" in it is IMHO to be taken with large heaps of salt!!

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