I’m back from my holiday and a lot’s happened since I’ve been away. The Chilean miners were finally rescued… And… Erm… Well, that might be it, actually…
It’s fairly reassuring to know that the journalistic stumbling of our dear old media continues without any signs of slowing down. My fortnight holiday on the Canarian island of Lanzarote, with its many resident British expats, lent me no escape from newspapers such as the Daily Mail and The Sun. I tried to avoid them as much as possible (except for the time that I was compelled to purchase a locally printed copy of the Mail for some dear old relatives of mine) but I still couldn’t help noticing the odd headline from a distance.
Over the course of my holiday, I finally finished reading Nick Davies’ excellent book, Flat Earth News. It’s a very well-research and well-written book that reveals the depressing state of journalism all over the world.
It was also over the course of my holiday that the bat-eared Andrew Marr, a man I once had a modicum of respect for, claimed that bloggers were “inadequate, pimpled and single”. As it happens, only the last (and possible the first but I’ll let you be the judge of that) applies to me.
But despite Marr’s naive and misplaced scorn, the blogosphere has refused to show any signs of slowing down in its thankless task of holding the media to account:
Tabloid Watch has discovered that the main headline from Friday’s Daily Star has in fact be picked up from a spoof news website. (Surely the Daily Star should already be considered a spoof news website too).
The same blog has also noticed something odd about a recent column from the Daily Express’ Leo McKinstry (namely, it’s an advert for a television programme aired on Channel Five, the station that was recently bought by Richard Desmond who just so happens to own the Express).
MacGuffin at Tabloid Watch has also revealed the laughable misuse of the word “ban” when it comes to newspaper articles.
Uponnothing at Angry Mob has pointed out the Mail’s continuing creepy obsession with young girls demonstrated in a story about Miley Cyrus. Uponnothing has also analysed yet another one of those dumb “‘elf ‘n’ safety” stories that the Mail has such an affinity for that usually turn out to be misleading or just plain false.
Following up on the Chilean miners theme, exclarotive has taken a look at another Daily Star story that’s misleading rubbish (I know, what a shocker).
I don’t know about you, but these certainly don’t sound like the “spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”…