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News Frames - new blog

Check out the new blog from Media Hell's editor. News Frames attempts to decode the headlines – in terms of frames and metaphors. It has frequent (often daily) updates, with an emphasis on UK newspapers. More...

BBC: Banks not to blame

Media attention has now moved from the "broken Britain" message to "Britain broke" (ie out of money). But "expert" pundits don't agree on whether to blame the
banks. We present a case of the BBC downplaying the effect of the bank bailout. More...

Establishment TV?

BBC1 has broadcast a procession of "fly-on-the wall" documentary series, filmed from the viewpoint of the authorities, who are shown to be in pursuit of individual wrongdoers (often from "lower" classes). Institutions, government agencies, corporations, etc, don't often get portrayed as wrongdoers. More...

Lancet Iraq Unspeak

Criticism of the Lancet survey of Iraqi deaths (2006) tends to polarise opinion according to whether one opposed or supported the war. Rational dialogue quickly turns into suspicion-mongering and "bad faith". More...

Newspapers recycle terror scares

Most UK newspapers, on September 8th, 2009, headlined with the "news" of a massive terrorist plot. Actually, the story was recycled from April 4, 2008. More...

Negative media stereotyping of jobless?

As the media started predicting rising unemployment from the "global economic crisis", we noticed a surge of negative media stereotyping of the jobless. More...

Dialogue with BBC Newsnight & News 24

Following the murder of Rhys Jones, the BBC returned to hysteria mode, with Newsnight's "Anarchy in the UK" headline, and other BBC panic-mongering over child-related crime. We corresponded with BBC editors/reporters. More...

BBC exaggerates driving test identity fraud

The BBC ran a headline story claiming massive levels of identity fraud in the driving test system. We queried this with the Driving Standards Agency and found that the BBC were reporting flimsy speculation as fact. More...

Press Release: BBC's misleading crime headlines

After the BBC upheld our complaint on misleading crime coverage, we looked at BBC News Online, and found a pattern of misreporting. More...

Media Hell news:

• Pre-election scare tactics...
Daily Mail "makes stuff up" shock...
Handcuffed for free speech...
• Benefit fraud exaggerated...
Obama inhaled...
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