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The Daily Mail Makes Nonsense Of Common Sense

by | 17th, December 2009

daily_mail_canvas_medium THE Daily Mail is the newspaper of “common sense”, clacking its marmalde-coated tongue in the face of PC madness, immigrants, New Labour and anythign that is just plain wrong. William Hague wanted to lead us in Common Sense Revolution . The electorate saw sense. The Mail continues to pursue the agenda. Nadia investigates:

IT isn’t unusual for the press to use the nebulous ‘public interest’ argument to justify their reporting of certain stories. From the Max Mosley ‘sick Nazi orgy’ to the ongoing coverage of Tiger Woods’ ‘transgressions’, it’s an argument that’s growing wearyingly thin. (For a nice deconstruction of the Tiger Woods circus, see here .)

The Daily Mail , however, tends to see itself as an arbiter of another important virtue: common sense. It’s this dubious common sense that appears to underpin its more vicious coverage of immigration and so on. A search for “common sense” on the Mail Online yields 3531 results and the headlines usually involve it being urged over some PC agenda.

The Mail’s common sense is, of course, characteristically skewed. Unsurprisingly, it’s the subject of cultural sensitivity around which the Mail’s common sense framework becomes most subjective.

Today, it was reported that registrar Lillian Ladele who refused to conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples was unsuccessful in her appeal against Islington Council. Now this, to me, seems like common sense. Registrars are employed to fulfil their duties, not to arbitrate. Not to decide who is or isn’t entitled to a

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