The prime minister and the pig: inside Britain’s weirdest Twitter storm – Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

24 09 2015

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyDid the prime minister have sexual relations with that (dead) pig? This was the question that set Twitter alight with photoshopped images, video memes and endless pig-related jokes and puns under the #piggate hashtag. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding: Sun Corruption Trial, reporting the re-trial of Chris Pharo and Jamie Pyatt – Martin Hickman

10 09 2015

Sun TrialRebekah Brooks is back in charge of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers – but the fall-out from the hacking scandal continues. Brooks’s news editor at the Sun, Chris Pharo, is going on trial later this month accused of making unlawful payments to a police officer.  His co-accused is Jamie Pyatt, a former Sun news editor. Read the rest of this entry »

Will the ‘real story’ behind forced adoption please stand up? – Sarah Phillimore

28 07 2015

BAAF-logo-high-qualityI wrote one blog post last week which I thought was about one thing – the irritating promotion of a dangerous untruth that the UK is the ‘only’ country in Europe or even the World that permits ‘forced adoption’. Interestingly, the focus of my concerns soon shifted after it was pointed out to me that the article in the Independent which made much of this ‘fact’ was actually written by Caroline Selkirk, the Chief Executive of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). Read the rest of this entry »

“A lie can get round the world before the truth has put its boots on”, the reporting of ‘forced adoptions’ – Sarah Phillimore

26 07 2015

new-fathers-4-justice-stop-forced-adoption-1It is ironic to note that the source of the title quote, so often used by the late great Sir Terry Pratchett has itself often been falsely attitributed – to both Mark Twain and Sir Winston Churchill. It seems likely that its source is Jonathan Swift – see further Freakonomics – Quotes Uncovered: How Lies Travel. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding: Above the Law: How News International Got Away – James Doleman

20 07 2015

jamesdolemanIn 2011, the British public and press were enraptured with the revelations of phone hacking at the News of the World. Rupert Murdoch referred to appearing at parliament  as ‘the most humble day of my life’ The conglomorate looked down and out.  Read the rest of this entry »


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