Watching The Press
The Press Lies to You
The Press Lies to You
Sometimes For Political Reasons
Sometimes Just Because They're Crap
Some Examples
 
“ Downton downsized... by two hours because American TV executives fear its intricate plot will baffle U.S. Viewers” - Dai...
“ Eight-hour ITV series slashed to six for the States”
“ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements, while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials.”
“ On ITV, the series, [...] ran  with advertisements , while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is  free of commercia...
ITV: 15 mins of ads/hour PBS: No ads
ITV: 8 hours (includes 2 hours of ads) PBS: 6 hours (no major cuts)
Simple maths
 
“ SALT shakers are being removed from fish and chip shops in a nanny state ruling on what we can eat.” “ The petty diktat ...
“ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council, facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes...
“ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run  Stockport Council , facing cuts of £50million over four years,  wants  fish and chip shops, c...
Not national Not a diktat Not a ban
Winterval
War on Christmas
Birmingham City Council 1997/1998 Winter festival Included Christmas http://www.thedisinformed.co.uk/2010/12/12/the-winter...
Science
Tabloid journalist + Science = Disaster
MMR
“ controversial vaccine”
Uncritical reporting of unscientific nonsense
“ Ask the doctor: Will natural remedies shift gallstones?”
“ Scientists say homeopathy is undiluted hogwash. But it CAN work - and that's all that matters”
“ The dance boss who hasn't seen a GP for 42 years... thanks to natural remedies and a pair of infrared pants”
 
 
This is not new
So what  is  new?
The Internet
1. New audiences
Who would pay for a tabloid?
But when it's free on the web site
See any Daily Mail comment discussion
2. Fact checking
2. Fact checking (Not by them, of course – by us)
“ Google threatens to destroy not only pop sensation Adele, but Britain's film and music industries. So why is No.10 in th...
“ The company wants to plunder intellectual property —songs by Adele and other British singers — so that it can disseminat...
“ One only has to switch on the computer, call up the Google search engine and type in the name of a star like Adele...”
“ Nine out of the first ten websites which pop up on Google’s search engine are run by pirates”
 
3. Sharing
“ a heavily orchestrated internet campaign” -- Jan Moir, Oct 2009
Some interesting projects
churnalism
 
 
 
istyosty
Caches web site content
Share links without sharing click revenue
PCC Campaign
1: Equal prominence for retractions, corrections & apologies
2: Retain URL for retractions, corrections & apologies
3: Code should cover headlines
4: Sources to be credited
5: Longer consultation for more fundemental discussions
“ Thank you for your suggestions”
“ We don't want to do that”
Press Watching Blogs
The Sun – Tabloid Lies the-sun-lies.blogspot.com @the_sun_lies
Mail Watch mailwatch.co.uk @mailwatch
Express Watch expresswatch.co.uk @expresswatch
Five Chinese Crackers fivechinesecrackers.com @5ChinCrack Enemies of Reason enemiesofreason.co.uk @stebax
Tabloid Watch tabloid-watch.blogspot.com @tabloidwatch The Daily Quail dailyquail.org @dailyquail
Angry Mob butireaditinthepaper.co.uk @uponnothing Nadia Knows nadiaknows.blogspot.com @NadiaSaint
What can I do to help?
Follow our 3-step programme
1. Read tabloids
Google Reader is your friend
2. Check facts
It's really not hard
3. Share your findings
Blog Twitter Facebook
(In the real world too)
Tell us
Spread the message
The Press Lies to You
Dave Cross @davorg dave.org.uk
 
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Watching the Press

  1. 1. Watching The Press
  2. 2. The Press Lies to You
  3. 3. The Press Lies to You
  4. 4. Sometimes For Political Reasons
  5. 5. Sometimes Just Because They're Crap
  6. 6. Some Examples
  7. 8. “ Downton downsized... by two hours because American TV executives fear its intricate plot will baffle U.S. Viewers” - Daily Mail
  8. 9. “ Eight-hour ITV series slashed to six for the States”
  9. 10. “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements, while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials.”
  10. 11. “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements , while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials .”
  11. 12. ITV: 15 mins of ads/hour PBS: No ads
  12. 13. ITV: 8 hours (includes 2 hours of ads) PBS: 6 hours (no major cuts)
  13. 14. Simple maths
  14. 16. “ SALT shakers are being removed from fish and chip shops in a nanny state ruling on what we can eat.” “ The petty diktat is supposed to be part of a healthy living drive to lower salt consumption which has been linked to high blood pressure.”
  15. 17. “ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council, facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters.” “ As part of its campaign, customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.”
  16. 18. “ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council , facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters .” “ As part of its campaign , customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.”
  17. 19. Not national Not a diktat Not a ban
  18. 20. Winterval
  19. 21. War on Christmas
  20. 22. Birmingham City Council 1997/1998 Winter festival Included Christmas http://www.thedisinformed.co.uk/2010/12/12/the-winterval-myth/
  21. 23. Science
  22. 24. Tabloid journalist + Science = Disaster
  23. 25. MMR
  24. 26. “ controversial vaccine”
  25. 27. Uncritical reporting of unscientific nonsense
  26. 28. “ Ask the doctor: Will natural remedies shift gallstones?”
  27. 29. “ Scientists say homeopathy is undiluted hogwash. But it CAN work - and that's all that matters”
  28. 30. “ The dance boss who hasn't seen a GP for 42 years... thanks to natural remedies and a pair of infrared pants”
  29. 33. This is not new
  30. 34. So what is new?
  31. 35. The Internet
  32. 36. 1. New audiences
  33. 37. Who would pay for a tabloid?
  34. 38. But when it's free on the web site
  35. 39. See any Daily Mail comment discussion
  36. 40. 2. Fact checking
  37. 41. 2. Fact checking (Not by them, of course – by us)
  38. 42. “ Google threatens to destroy not only pop sensation Adele, but Britain's film and music industries. So why is No.10 in thrall to this parasitic monster?”
  39. 43. “ The company wants to plunder intellectual property —songs by Adele and other British singers — so that it can disseminate it free to anyone who logs on to Google anywhere in the world.”
  40. 44. “ One only has to switch on the computer, call up the Google search engine and type in the name of a star like Adele...”
  41. 45. “ Nine out of the first ten websites which pop up on Google’s search engine are run by pirates”
  42. 47. 3. Sharing
  43. 48. “ a heavily orchestrated internet campaign” -- Jan Moir, Oct 2009
  44. 49. Some interesting projects
  45. 50. churnalism
  46. 54. istyosty
  47. 55. Caches web site content
  48. 56. Share links without sharing click revenue
  49. 57. PCC Campaign
  50. 58. 1: Equal prominence for retractions, corrections & apologies
  51. 59. 2: Retain URL for retractions, corrections & apologies
  52. 60. 3: Code should cover headlines
  53. 61. 4: Sources to be credited
  54. 62. 5: Longer consultation for more fundemental discussions
  55. 63. “ Thank you for your suggestions”
  56. 64. “ We don't want to do that”
  57. 65. Press Watching Blogs
  58. 66. The Sun – Tabloid Lies the-sun-lies.blogspot.com @the_sun_lies
  59. 67. Mail Watch mailwatch.co.uk @mailwatch
  60. 68. Express Watch expresswatch.co.uk @expresswatch
  61. 69. Five Chinese Crackers fivechinesecrackers.com @5ChinCrack Enemies of Reason enemiesofreason.co.uk @stebax
  62. 70. Tabloid Watch tabloid-watch.blogspot.com @tabloidwatch The Daily Quail dailyquail.org @dailyquail
  63. 71. Angry Mob butireaditinthepaper.co.uk @uponnothing Nadia Knows nadiaknows.blogspot.com @NadiaSaint
  64. 72. What can I do to help?
  65. 73. Follow our 3-step programme
  66. 74. 1. Read tabloids
  67. 75. Google Reader is your friend
  68. 76. 2. Check facts
  69. 77. It's really not hard
  70. 78. 3. Share your findings
  71. 79. Blog Twitter Facebook
  72. 80. (In the real world too)
  73. 81. Tell us
  74. 82. Spread the message
  75. 83. The Press Lies to You
  76. 84. Dave Cross @davorg dave.org.uk
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