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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...
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...
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
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...
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...
As the media started predicting rising unemployment from
the "global economic crisis", we noticed a surge
of negative media stereotyping of the jobless. More...
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...
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...
After the BBC upheld our complaint
on misleading crime coverage, we looked at BBC News
Online, and found a pattern of misreporting. More...
Pre-election scare tactics...
Daily Mail "makes
stuff up" shock...
for free speech...
Benefit fraud exaggerated...