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 »






Media Standards Trust: Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign

7 07 2015

ElectionUnspun-Cover-e1435771126164-128x125The Media Standards Trust has published Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign. [pdf] This is a data-driven analysis of mainstream media coverage and political actors and influencers on twitter during the UK 2015 election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »









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