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The war on Christians and Christmas: Trump v the New York Times and UVA

Donald Trump thinks the attack on a Berlin Christmas market was an assault on Christianity. “Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday,” says Trump. “ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, December 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Idiots lock up innocent woman for possessing small amount of marijuana 22 years ago

To Chicago, where Latasha Eatman has been jailed for 49 days for something she didn’t do. CBS News reports that Eatman was arrested in 1993 on minor marijuana possession charges. Her punishment was to complete a period of community service. … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, December 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Berlin suspect Anis Amri: the devious jihadi who left his ID papers at the scene

Anis Amri is the man wanted in connection with the massacre at a Berlin Christmas market. The Sun says he was “freed” three times by German police this year alone. The 24-year-old Tunisian was under “covert surveillance” months before the … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, December 2016 | In: Broadsheets, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Berlin massacre stuffing: why the ‘truck nut’ did it

After the “slaughter” (Daily Express) by a “truck  nut” (Daily Star) at a Christmas market in Berlin, the Star surveys the “carnage” (Daily Mail) and declares on its front page: “Murdering scum told: Get stuffed just like the turkey.” That … READ ON

Posted: 21st, December 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mevlut Mert Altintas did it for Al-Qaeda and the kids: why Andrei Karlov died

When Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead, what did his killer say? The Times leads with the assassination of Andrei Karlov, 62, by off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22. The killer was was later shot dead by special … READ ON

Posted: 20th, December 2016 | In: Reviews | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Free The Press: reject Section 40 and keep stamping your feet

The assault on Press freedoms continues. If Section 40 is passed anyone who values free thought and free expression is damaged.  On 1 November, the government launched a consultation on “the Leveson Inquiry and its Implementation” which will look into … READ ON

Posted: 19th, December 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reject section 40 and support ‘British values’

Communities secretary Sajid Javid says – irony of ironies – we should all pledge an oath to uphold “British values”. As one tweeter puts it, “Since when was an oath of allegiance a #British value?”

Javid says the oath could … READ ON

Posted: 18th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Brexit: Theresa May clears the room at the Brussels divorce summit

How’s Brexit going? Well, it’s not, of course. The Government has yet to trigger Article 50. But be in no doubt Theresa May is “playing a masterful hand”.  Andrew Lilico tells Sun readers May has been “crystal clear” in her … READ ON

Posted: 17th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The stupidity of policing by degree

Can education improve everything? The Mail reports on plans for all new police officers to need a degree. In the old days would-be coppers were simply handed a form on which it was written, “If you can read this, you’re … READ ON

Posted: 16th, December 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Christmas Is Cancelled: every time the media said Xmas was dead

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Every season the media tells readers “Christmas is cancelled”. Here’s a list of Christmases cancelled this season of cheer.

Nottingham Post, Novembers 18: “Christmas has effectively been cancelled for dozens of young children after thieves ransacked a nursery … READ ON

Posted: 14th, December 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jew hating is ok if the voters want it (and the politicians need it)

The Mail brings news of a “new drive to wipe-out anti-Semitism”. That the story is illustrated by a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives readers a clue that the focus of this drive to wipe out hatred of … READ ON

Posted: 14th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Karen Matthews: a damp squib and other fireworks from the UK’s ‘most hated mum’

Karen Matthews – ‘the UK’s most hated mum’ (source: Daily Mirror) is talking through a “pal” with an impeccable memory to the Daily Mirror.

In “I need plastic surgery for my own safety” readers see a picture of … READ ON

Posted: 13th, December 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wages, inflation a Guardian reader’s cup of coffee: a journalist’s confusion

Journalists are notoriously bad at numbers. Writing in the Guardian, Patrick Collinson is talking about how things were better years ago.

The Bank of England governor told us this week there has been a “lost decade” of wage growth.

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Posted: 10th, December 2016 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Brexit: absurd MPs vote on the vote and Remainers side with rich old elites to fight democracy

How’s the Brexit vote getting along? A few weeks ago (It was June 23rd – ed), the people democratically voted for the country to leave the undemocratic European Union. Today the Daily Express leads with “HOORAY! MP SAY YES … READ ON

Posted: 8th, December 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Aussie kangaroo puncher and Newcastle horse basher slug it out

As the internet watches footage of a man punching a kangaroo in the face (see below), we’ve been looking at the story of the Glasgow Celtic fan who throw a burger at a police horse before the Champions’ League match … READ ON

Posted: 7th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Amber Rudd’s ID scheme makes us all suspects

ID cards are back on the agenda. The Sun calls it a “Green Card”, but it sounds a lot like we’ll be asked to carry our papers and show them on demand post Brexit. Home Secretary Amber Rudd says some … READ ON

Posted: 6th, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scarlett Moffatt on her way to marriage, a first million and tabloid fame

 

“Find out what Scarlett Moffat will not next,” says the Daily Star on its front page. Judging by the picture of the Googlebox star and now I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! winner in her bra … READ ON

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: four months to find her, kidnapped to order and important news

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child.

Having led with “important” news on the hunt for the missing child only yesterday, the Sun makes not a single mention of the child. The Express, however, leads with … READ ON

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail laments Norbert Hofer’s defeat?

Do you want the good news or the good news? Norbert Hofer, leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, will not be the county’s next president. He polled less votes than Alexander Van der Bellen.

The Mail call it “humiliation” for … READ ON

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: the ‘important lead’, unnamed sources and sexual exploitation

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child.

The Sun (front page): ” MADDIE GANG PROBE Cops given cash to probe ‘important’ new lead that Maddie was snatched by people trafficking gang.”

Important enough for the paper’s … READ ON

Posted: 4th, December 2016 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stinking rich Lady Gaga endorses the ‘Happy To Be Poor’ revolution tour

Stage school kids and pushy parents, listen up. Stop sharpening your elbows and start smiling beatifically.Lady Gaga has arrived in London. And she has a message, as told in the Guardian:

Singer says money and celebrity have been

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Posted: 3rd, December 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


On Daily Mail migrants from Barcelona and Andrew Sachs

In its front-page farewell to Andrew Sachs, known chiefly for his work as Manuel, the well-intentioned and hapless Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers, the Mail juxtaposes the actor’s portrait by the news “MIGRANT NUMBERS HIT NEW RECORDS”.

 

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 … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, December 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Questions: Daily Mail weather forecasting swans go for third time lucky

Tabloid Questions – a look at headline-making questions in the national Press.

On Tuesday November 29, the Daily Mail asked: “Have swans predicted a mild winter?” The long-necked birds haven’t been presenting the wether on cable telly in Norwegian or … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, December 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea embroiled in football abuse story short on facts

The Mirror leads with the “FOOTY Paedophile Scandal”. We hear from former Chelsea player Gary Johnson, who says he was paid £50,000 last year to keep quiet about the abuse he suffered at the hands of a club scout in … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, December 2016 | In: Chelsea, Reviews, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Prince Harry’s airbrushed life gets purpose with live HIV tests

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Prince Harry has taken an HIV test to promote World Aids Day. It works. The papers are all covering the blood letting as Harry tours Barbados. It helps, of course, that Harry was not alone, accompanied as he was … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, December 2016 | In: Reviews, Royal Family | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0