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Rebekah Brooks is innocent!

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Like anybody else she is innocent until proven guilty – a cornerstone of our justice system that her newspapers and other similar papers seem to forget. The way I see it, either she did it in which case she deserves everything she gets, or she didn’t, in which case she might think back to how […]

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What the papers say

February 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Life

Thre are a couple of interesting articles on the internet where people have gathered together a whole year’s headlines from a couple of newspapers. Bibliophylax did 2011 as the Express saw it and Scott Bryan did the same for the Daily Star. Very depressing it is too. I thought I might do a little analysis, […]

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Phone hacking

April 8th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life, Politics

There was quite an amusing row between John Prescott and an ex-NOTW hack straight out of central casting.  It might have been better if they were not always talking at the same time.  Maybe it is an age thing but I have noticed that I find it harder to listen to two different things at […]

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Me and Liz Taylor

March 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Life

It was a while after I heard about Liz Taylor’s death that I remembered the time I met her and how it was splashed across the pages of the tabloids.  I’m not sure, but it might have even been on the front page of one of them.  If so it must have been a slow […]

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The bleeding obvious

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life

Looking at the headlines that appear in the Guardian’s feed today I see there is: Financial crisis was caused by corporate mismanagement, says US government Electrical goods store staff ‘lack basic knowledge’ Tyrannosaurus rex study reaffirms its predatory credentials Still waiting for a ‘Pope is Catholic’ headline to appear, and something about bears and woods.

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Sticking the knives into Clegg

April 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Politics

It looks like the Tory knives are out for Clegg.  Not directly of course, but by using the surrogate of the press with all its arms-length plausible deniability.  The Mail and Sun are busy trying to dig up as much dirt as they can and the Telegraph is joining in with this story about political […]

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Timeshifting news

April 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Life, Politics

I think this story more or less sums up the futility of reading newspapers now.  Just about the whole thing is saying what is going to happen, and who is going to say what.  If I bought a newspaper I would not really get a chance to read it until I got home in the […]

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Sick statistics

January 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Life

Should there be some sort of exam where journalists have to display even a rudimentary grasp of statistics before they are allowed to go around journalling all over the place?   I have just been reading this piece from the Telegraph about people taking sick days.

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On reading (or not reading) newspapers

December 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Technology

Another passage from the book Viral Loop, which rang some bells with me:

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The fog of (price) war

December 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

I think I have found the year’s least readable newspaper story.  It is from the Guardian and all about Vodafone’s forthcoming deals on iPhones.  The first section is OK, and Vodafone will be happy that their PR line about it not being a price war but a network quality war got included.  After that it […]

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