Category Archives: Terrible journalism

Has the Daily Mail Jumped the Shark?

The TV show Happy Days in many people’s view went in to a terminal decline when The Fonze jumped over a shark whilst water-skiing. Watching the show always involved suspending disbelief to quite a large extent as the Fonze is clearly a ridiculous character but the point when he jumped over a shark was the […]

Vile Product

I genuinely didn’t think it was possible for me to have more contempt for the Mail. It turns out I was completely and utterly wrong: I think that pretty much everyone who’s heard this story of the Philpot family will have been deeply saddened and upset. It is a very bizzare tale of a couple […]

‘Could Spider-Man become a reality?’ asks Mail Online

For some reason the Mail Online editor has filed this article under ‘Science’: ‘Could Spider-Man become a reality? Bizarre white cobweb found on nuclear waste that could have come from a ‘mutant’ spider’. The article – remember Dacre today telling the Leveson inquiry that the Mail employs some of the finest journalists around – reports […]

The MailOnline’s spinning moral compass

The MailOnline has become an increasing flesh-fest of celebrities, reality TV stars and anyone else vaguely worthy of a bikini-shot mention. However, at the same time the Daily Mail website retains the hypocrisy that has been a long-time feature of the print edition; as ever it is a case as do as we preach, not […]

Here lies Winterval: 1998-2011?

So, after a lot of resistance – distorted, truth-bending resistance – the Daily Mail have published a correction after Melanie Phillips claimed that: Christmas has been renamed in various places ‘Winterval’. Tabloid Watch has charted the great effort the complainant – regular Tabloid Watch reader James – went to in order for the Daily Mail […]

Heading, Heading, Heading

A classic example of the perils of for-maximum-profit local journalism from the This Is Plymouth website yesterday: This article belongs to the Plymouth Herald, a Northcliffe title, and even though the story was posted yesterday it has yet to be amended. As one commenter concludes: Just about sums up the state of this local rag……..shaking […]

Theresa May’s Littlejohn moment

So Theresa May repeated the 2009 myth that an immigrant was allowed to stay in the UK because they owned a cat. Worryingly, her speech had – according to Left Foot Forward – been checked by no less than David Cameron, Nick Clegg, George Osborne and Danny Alexander. Oh dear. For the record (in case you […]

Did this happen?

The Daily Mail have picked up on a story that has been doing the rounds since the 16th September this year: ‘Axe murderer who hacked three people to death is allowed out of prison… for a course on chopping down trees’. The article is fairly standard fare for the Mail website, it is basically copied […]