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The unwelcome political return of Mr Megabus

September 4, 2014


The No campaign in the Scottish Referendum may have issues with its sexist and patronising adverts, but Sir Brian Souter’s appearance on the BBC last night serves as a reminder that the Yes campaign has its fair share of undesirable views. Let’s go back to 1999/2000 and what the Scottish Daily Mail editorial called: Labour’s […]

The media are still committing (sexy) A-Levels crimes

August 15, 2014


Political Scrapbook’s round up of A-Level results coverage highlights how news editors believe that results day means they have a free-pass in rampant sexism and sexualisation of teenagers. And just as the “sexy A-Levels” phenomenon is still going strong, it is still not the only results day crime committed by the media. The Telegraph report that “more than […]

#MH17 shows the good and bad sides of journalism

July 22, 2014


The #MH17 tragedy shows the good and bad sides of journalism.

MPs paid £350k for media appearances

June 26, 2014


Hidden among the latest MP's Register of Members' Interests are declarations of earnings from politicians' media appearances. When combined these add up to more than £350k.

Farage’s UKIP ‘victory’ is a mirage

May 26, 2014


The UKIP 'victory' in the UK European Elections is not all that it seems.

When does an advert become editorial?

May 16, 2014


A newspaper's support for UKIP on its front page shows what happens when an advert becomes editorial.

Is this the worst radio interview ever?

April 3, 2014


The BBC’s “flagship” Radio 4 Today programme is normally the bastion of intelligent discussion and debate (and racing tips). But this morning at 6.25am, there was possibly the softest radio interview ever with a representative of the asphalt industry alliance on the need for more money to re-surface the nation’s roads following the recent wet […]

If you dance with the PR devil, defend what you do

October 31, 2013


I love my job. Most of the time. But I hate the company the PR industry keeps sometimes. For every company that uses PR for public good, there is another that is prepared to take the petro-chemical-dictatorial dollar. And while I may not approve of these firms’ ethics, I’d defend their right to take that […]