Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ Read the rest of this entry »





ITN’s complaint to IPSO over hijab article is a waste of time – Brian Cathcart

23 07 2016

Fatima ManjiITN and the Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji have joined many others in complaining to IPSO about Kelvin MacKenzie’s crass remarks about Ms Manji wearing a hijab during reports of the Nice outrage. Read the rest of this entry »





Should IPSO investigate the Sun? Of course, but it won’t – Brian Cathcart

3 06 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitWhen the editor of a national newspaper announces that, having been found guilty by his regulator of misleading his readers, he is perfectly ready to mislead them again in exactly the same way, there can be no doubt that he is defying the authority of the regulator. Read the rest of this entry »





Another one-eyed fable from the corporate press – Brian Cathcart

24 05 2016

NewspapersThe corporate papers that are determined to resist Leveson-based reform are currently playing what they evidently consider to be their strongest card, and it is this: “If the changes are implemented as promised, a publication that is sued for libel and wins its case will be forced to pay the costs of the losing side”. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun, Rebekah Brooks and a Rampage of Unethical Conduct – Brian Cathcart

29 04 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThat was a bad week for the Sun. First the Hillsborough verdict removed the last shred of doubt that the paper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page report on the disaster was entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »





Cameron, the Press and a Conspiracy to Make You Forget – Brian Cathcart

7 04 2016

cameron-levesonHow good is your memory? Does it stretch back to 2013? Or perhaps 2011? Right now, David Cameron is hoping it doesn’t. In those years he made a lot of promises that are no longer convenient for him, so he would prefer you forgot them. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun and IPSO: It’s obvious who is the boss – Brian Cathcart

1 04 2016

Sun Front Page JihadisOnce again Rupert Murdoch’s Sun has lost a case before IPSO and once again the so called regulator has let the paper off with a slap on the wrist. All those promises that IPSO would stand up to big national newspapers are proving predictably hollow. Read the rest of this entry »