Hello to all the new people who've turned up here over the past few days thanks to the startling popularity of the Dunblane story I wrote about on Monday. If you've not seen the updates, they're here and here. Adam Bienkov has another look at the whole sorry business here.
I think it's one of the good things about web 2.0 that there now isn't a place for crap journalists to hide. It's the spirit behind the revamped Mailwatch, which I'll soon be posting on for the first time (I'll let you know when it's up there, but I'm a bit snowed under right now). Five Chinese Crackers does a thorough job on the slim differences between a press release by MigrationWatch and what the Mail decides to tell its readers. Is it just bad ctrl+C and ctrl+V journalism or is it that way because the message fits an agenda? Have a read.
Here's Sunny on the politics of climate change denial. As ever things degenerate into a bit of custard pie-chucking in the comments, but such is life on the net. The important thing is the rather wonderful quote from Lord Stern that sparked it all:
I think that those who say that climate change doesn’t exist are being understood as the flat-earthers that they are. As the people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; as the people who denied the link between HIV and AIDS. They are marginal and they are ridiculous. And they are very confused.
Ah, would that they were marginal. Stern clearly hasn't read a BBC HYS debate or anything on CiF ever. To read things there you'd imagine that everyone in the entire world disagreed with the scientific consensus.
Here's Eric The Fish looking at what might happen if the BNP ever really did get in charge and what their ambitions would be for reasoned public debate and dissent with their views. It's not pleasant, but it's worth remembering in the light of the "Ooh no, we're not racist" bollocks that will get wheeled out by the BNP scum in the run-up to the forthcoming elections.
Peter Wilby at the Graun looks at how newspapers plump up their figures with a mixture of giveaways, bulk sales and sleight-of-hand.
The Quail must be concerned about redundancy as the role of Littlejohn parody this week has been taken by, er, Littlejohn.
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