Hacked Off: The Daily Mail- PCC Code Breacher Of The Year

13 02 2014

mail_leveson_frontWhen the publishers of the Daily Mail saw a chart showing that theirs was by far the most complained-about paper in 2013, they took exception. The chart, they said, gave a “wildly inaccurate” picture of the number of Mail stories “about which the PCC received valid complaints”. Read the rest of this entry »





The Daily Mail exploits a man’s death to attack its enemies – Brian Cathcart

26 01 2014

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupThe Daily Mail this week accused Hacked Off, the Media Standards Trust and Sir David Bell of reducing the late Lord McAlpine to a state of misery in the final year of his life, and insinuated that all three contributed to causing his death. Read the rest of this entry »





The PCC is still fudging and not fixing, and the Mail is still the worst offender – Tom Rowland

17 01 2014

Leveson PCCIn November 2013, the month of the first anniversary of the publication of the Leveson Report, thePress Complaints Commission (PCC) published some of the details of 37 complaints from the public that it claims to have ‘resolved’. Read the rest of this entry »





Too little too late as Daily Mail “corrects” bogus human rights splash – Adam Wagner

14 11 2013

screen-shot-2013-10-12-at-21-11-11The Daily Mail has belatedly “corrected” its front page story on human rights damages, over a month after it appeared on 7 October 2013. Early last month I blogged on  the original bogus article, which was so poor it generated a response from the ordinarily placid Council of Europe. Read the rest of this entry »





PCC obscures the awkward truth of 24 Mail complaints in two months – Tom Rowland

8 11 2013

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupIn September and October this year, when the press was supposed to be on its best behaviour, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) claims to have ‘resolved’ 72 complaints from the public.  The biggest culprit by a mile was the Mail newspaper group with 24 – one every two to three days on average, and an enormous one-third of the total. That compares with just a handful each for most papers in the whole period and a single complaint against the Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »





News: The Court of Human Rights attacks Daily Mail mispresentations

14 10 2013

European-Court-of-Human-Rights On 7 October 2013 the Daily Mail led with another attack on the European Court of Human Rights.  Under the headline “Human right to make a killing” it referred to a “damning dossier” which was said to show that Judges in Strasbourg had paid out £4.4 million to some of Britain’s worst criminals.  Read the rest of this entry »





Public Opinion, the Mail and the Milibands: an unacceptable attack

6 10 2013

Ed-Miliband-Daily-MailThe public row over the Daily Mail’s attack on Ed Miliband’s father continues in today’s newspapers.  Most commentators have condemned the way in which the Daily Mail chose to write about Ralph Miliband.  Today’s Observer curiously led with the view of the Master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon, that “It sets a very bad example to young people to belittle someone who is dead. I think it is nasty, it lacks taste and decency, and I worry about antisemitism”Read the rest of this entry »





The Mail and intrusion into grief: an isolated incident? – Martin Moore

5 10 2013

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupPCCWhen a Mail on Sunday journalist intruded on a private memorial service for Ed Miliband’s uncle the editor of the Mail on Sunday, Geordie Grieg, apologised and suspended two journalists. It was a ‘terrible lapse of judgment’ he wrote, and said that it was ‘completely contrary to the values and editorial standards of the Mail on Sunday’. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The Daily Mail knows all about ‘hate’ – Des Freedman

4 10 2013

Mail and MilibandIf any single article demonstrates the abuse of press power, the Daily Mail’s hatchet job on Ralph Miliband, the father of Labour leader Ed Miliband, has got to be right up there with the best of them. The Mail has now twice run an article accusing Miliband Senior of ‘hating Britain’ based on the latter’s disgust at the class privilege and old boys’ networks that he saw running the country. Read the rest of this entry »





The Mail, Miliband and Leveson – Brian Cathcart

2 10 2013

Edward and Ralph at Edis Street 1989We all know that the Daily Mail likes to ‘play the man and not the ball’ – in other words it prefers ad hominem attacks to arguing an issue on its merits. In the case of Ed Miliband the paper is exploring a new approach, ignoring both ball and man and instead going for the man’s dead father. Read the rest of this entry »








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