Richard Nixon’s authoritarian loathing of the media lives on in Donald Trump – Randall J. Stephens

23 02 2017

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes. He pleads, cajoles, or mocks. That could describe either Donald J. Trump or Richard M. Nixon. Two men who needed the media and courted its favour, but who can’t and couldn’t resist denouncing and vilifying it in the harshest terms. Read the rest of this entry »





Brand Beckham will weather the email storm – John Jewell

12 02 2017

beckhamIf nothing else, the David Beckham email scandal has provided some welcome respite from the apparently perpetual news agenda of Trump and Brexit. It seems that the previously pristine and relatively scandal-free (at least in the past decade) sporting icon may not be as golden as his carefully cultivated image might suggest. Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few – Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg

8 02 2017

In 1996, when the web was in its infancy, the American technology writer Nicholas Negroponte predicted that the coming digital revolution would facilitate a “cottage industry of information and entertainment providers”. Read the rest of this entry »





Your next social network could pay you for posting – Jelena Dzakula

7 02 2017

moneyYou may well have found this article through Facebook. An algorithm programmed by one of the world’s biggest companies now partially controls what news reaches 1.8 billion people. And this algorithm has come under attack for censorship, political bias and for creating bubbles that prevent people from encountering ideas they don’t already agree with. Read the rest of this entry »





Stop press? Last words on the future of newspapers – Richard Sambrook

1 02 2017

newspapersIn a turbulent era of fake news, Donald Trump, and Brexit, the need for accurate reporting and informed comment and analysis is all too clear. And it has traditionally been newspapers that have done the heavy lifting that ensures the public is kept in the picture. But just when we need them the most, the future of newspapers is unclear at best. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s America: the land of the not-so-free press- Ivor Gaber

31 01 2017

The Trump offensive – in both senses of the word – against the media continues unabated. The already fraught relationship now appears to have taken a more sinister turn with the news that six journalists who were arrested while covering anti-Trump protests in Washington during the inauguration have been charged with felony rioting and could face lengthy jail terms. Read the rest of this entry »





Media bias against Jeremy Corbyn shows how politicised reporting has become – Tom Mills

27 01 2017

corbyn-front-pagesThe BBC Trust recently upheld a complaint against the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, ruling that one of her early reports on Jeremy Corbyn breached accuracy and impartiality guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »