When we started Media Lens in 2001, we had a rather naïve expectation that journalists might: a) want to respond rationally to reasoned criticism; and b) have privileged access to unparalleled journalistic resources, experts and arguments that would enable journalists to respond with serious points to our challenges. In particular, we imagined that BBC journalists and editors – being funded →
Thoreau got it right: ‘Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.’ (Thoreau, ‘Walden’, Penguin, 1983, p.68) The same is certainly true of propaganda. We can laugh now at McCarthyite paranoia →
A recent viral clip of Jeremy Corbyn featured vital truths about the corporate media that ought to be at the forefront of public consciousness in the approach to the UK General Election on December 12. →
The left has a dark secret that is becoming ever harder to ignore: it is riddled with climate scepticism, indifference and denial. Pick your favourite left-progressive writers, check their Twitter timelines and published work for →
Reality clashed with the BBC version of false consensus in a remarkable edition of HardTalk last month. Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, was starkly honest about humanity’s extreme predicament in the face of climate →
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn humbled the entire political and corporate media commentariat. With a little help from Britain’s student population. And with a little help from thousands of media activists. Without doubt this was one →
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Imagine if @BBCNews had been reporting all this, instead of looking the other way. Lead story on BBC News at Ten. Headlines on the BBC News website. In-depth interviews and follow-ups. UK government ministers pressed hard to respond. Imagine.
I am astonished by the failure of several major newspapers and broadcasting organisations even to mention this development. If the Iraq crisis were now, would the failure to discover WMD actually be published? Or would 'citizen journalists' spin that the WMD were really there? https://twitter.com/TheUnRealHilary/status/1219573398856261632