Tag Archives: misleading headlines

Thomas the Tank Engine Bans Christmas!

Kind of, according to the Mail on Sunday Reporter: ‘Thomas the Tank Engine forced to carry ‘decorated tree’ for ‘winter holidays’ as Christmas is banned on Sodor‘. The article claims: Thomas the Tank Engine has been accused of joining the politically correct bandwagon after Christmas was written out of one of his adventures. The team […]

Human Rights wrongly blamed, again

Another day, another chance to blame Human Rights for something: ‘Prison van driven 96 miles to take defendant 60 YARDS to court as “walking will infringe his human rights”‘. The Mail claims: A prison van travelled 96 miles to transfer a defendant just 60 yards from a police station to a court because walking would […]

Bad local journalism becomes terrible national journalism

Sometimes a story is covered accurately by the regional press, only for the national media to step in and distort it to suit a particular media narrative. However, on other occasions the local press are just of guilty of terrible journalism as their national rivals. Today’s example is this story in the Daily Mail: ‘Royal […]

Daily Mail polls readers on nonexistent EU car ban

Minority Thought has already covered the Daily Express story that claimed the EU was trying to ban all cars from cities – a story that turned out – unsurprisingly – to be absolute rubbish. As stated quite clearly by the European Commission in the UK: Contrary to comments made by a government Minister today, the […]

Anti-journalism

‘Facebook puts vulnerable children at risk of depression, warn doctors‘ [istyosty link]. From the article: ‘A lot of what’s happening is actually very healthy, but it can go too far,’ [Dr Megan Moreno] said… Parents shouldn’t get the idea that using Facebook ‘is going to somehow infect their kids with depression,’ she said. Too late, […]

Shocking ‘journalism’ from the Mail on Sunday

A lot of people on Twitter yesterday predicted that the Mail on Sunday would cover the March 26th protests only in terms of violence or vandalism and they were not wrong: According to the Guardian more than a quarter of a million people marched – the vast majority peacefully – on London yesterday, so the […]

BBC bashing, again

Today’s BBC bashing story: ‘BBC gives globe-trotting staff a lesson… on getting to work by BUS’ The reality: The BBC is moving about 1,500 staff from London to Salforsd [sic] as it transfers its children’s and sports departments as well as Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast. As part of its preparations bosses set up […]

Cheese-Rolling back and the Mail still isn’t happy

It was only a matter of time before this year’s annual cheese-rolling festival made it into the tabloid newspapers as a prime example of how ‘elf ‘n’ safety’ had gone truly mad. As has been covered before by numerous blogs on a number of occasions, this event was cancelled last year because the event had […]

Dear journalists: it is not a ‘tidal wave’

I’m sure you’ve all seen the videos shot from helicopters of the massive tsunami that struck Japan. You’ve probably seen enough that you’ve wondered at the fate of countless individuals – the motorists driving as normal, oblivious to the wall of cars, boats and destroyed houses pushed towards them as if foam on the crest […]

The Daily Mail invents a miracle

The Daily Mail’s current top article is relying on its readers being pretty stupid and gullible: ‘Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead‘. Firstly, just because someone is pronounced dead, it does not follow that they are actually dead. People make mistakes […]