Category Archives: bias

How the Alt-Right is using the Pepe Symbol to undermine the media

If you have been watching social media during the presidential campaign, you will have seen the Pepe meme. Pepe is a cartoon green frog was initially created to signal a desire to relax or chill.[1] During the election, it was … Continue reading

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Trump and the crisis of journalism.

Donald Trump lies and we know this because journalists tell us. If a journalist is not willing to call Trump a liar, they are no doing their job. The journalist’s job is now to confirm the popular or desired prejudice. … Continue reading

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Who will turn the Spotlight on the UK media?

In the film Spotlight three stories are told. The first describes the Catholic Church in Boston covering up child sexual abuse. It compounded that cover-up with its failure to remove predatory priests from access to children. The second story is … Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch’s Last Hurrah

Recently, Rupert Murdoch held a Christmas party to celebrate his return to the UK political scene.[1] Commentators noted that half of the UK Cabinet was present. For many observers the event marked a triumph for Murdoch. After the bad publicity … Continue reading

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The Nick: Are the police honest with themselves?

On 2 September 2015, the show The Nick was broadcast on ITV1 channel.[1] It covered policing in Sussex. Like the 24hrs in Police Custody and other programmes or The Met, it offered a behind the scenes look day-to-day UK policing. … Continue reading

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Twitter Terms of Service and the limits to free speech

We often believe that when we tweet, we exercise free speech. Our illusion is reinforced by society that claims that freedom of speech is democracy’s foundation. On Twitter, our speech is only free to the extent that it conforms to … Continue reading

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The dark arts continue: The deeper lesson from Operation Alice.

At the Leveson Inquiry, we heard about the dark arts practice by the tabloids and other papers. The arts describe all the ways, legal and illegal, that the tabloids used to gather information. The dark arts included hacking phones, digging … Continue reading

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Time for the UK media to provide a Miranda warning

In the United States, when the police arrest a suspect, they have to read them the Miranda Warning. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. … Continue reading

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Media bias and the the death of UK democracy

In the United Kingdom, there is a spending cap for general elections. The cap means, the media have a greater role. The General Election 2015 revealed the intensity of that role. Unlike previous elections, the media displayed its support for … Continue reading

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Unasked questions about national security and phone hacking

Since the Leveson Inquiry and the Phone Hacking trial, a number of unasked and unanswered questions have emerged. These questions are around phone hacking and national security. Peter Clarke became involved because the phone hacking had compromised the Royal Family … Continue reading

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