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The Daily Media Hate

Whenever I read a news article, I often find myself asking "what did they leave out?" For example, when Michael Jackson moved to Bahrain, I wondered if Bahrain had an extradition treaty with the US. (It doesn't). So today when I read The Daily Mail article about one fifth of crimes in London being committed by immigrants, I suspected it was their usual immigrant bogey man gonna get you drivel. I also noticed a telling bit of information they left out of the article: a full one third of Londoners are immigrants.

The Daily Mail is one of those things I will only read online because I will not contribute financially to those who promote hate. The newspaper is poorly written right wing propaganda (note that searching for "Daily Hate" on Wikipedia simply redirects you to the Daily Mail entry). I first encountered this rag in my sister's house in Staffordshire and I was aghast. I was staying there for several days and read that paper each day. I couldn't believe how poorly written the articles were, how obviously slanted they were and how photos in immigration scare stories were clearly chosen to cast immigrants in the poorest light.

Of course, it's also fair to say that when you read something, it can still be perfectly accurate and yet not cast things in the correct light. Recently the blogosphere lit up when Bush said "I think I got a B in Econ 101. I got an A however in keeping taxes low, and being fiscally responsible with the people's money." People were incensed because Bush actually received a C in economics, but really, that was many years ago. It's an easy mistake to make and certainly not one I'm going to fault him for. What I found more telling was the actual quip. Regardless of whether or not you agree with it, it's funny. It's one of those quips that make you stop and think "hey, maybe this guy ain't so stupid." However, when you watch the actual video, it's incredibly painful. Bush speaks slowly, stumbling over words and clearly was trying to avoid a question he didn't understand. Reading about Bush and actually watching him in action can lead to dramatically different interpretations.



I guess there really is no hope for profit-driven media. Everyone seems to have an agenda, no one seems to think critically any more and we're getting lost in a sea of useless trivia. Just like this blog entry.
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balance the budget by 2012. wasn't it balanced when he got in office????
of course, the irony with your article referencing near the beginning of this entry is that the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard are in common ownership. indeed, from my limited experience of it, the Evening Standard seems merely to be an even more London focussed version of the Mail, even down to the use of the same font for headlines...

"no one seems to think critically any more" - i think that's the root of the problem. if so many people didn't just accept what they read or hear without thinking about it, the media and those who control them wouldn't wield nearly so much influence.
"We are the angry mob, and we read the papers every day. We like who we like, we hate who we hate, but we're easily swayed" -- Kaiser Chiefs

Have they only just got round to printing that story? One of the other ghastly rags in that stable had the same story six weeks ago, so this must have been a slow weekend for news.

Assuming the story is true (and it's the Daily Heil, so I doubt it is) then all it shows is that you 'orrible immigrants are far more law-abiding than us fine-upstanding Englishmen. Not surprising really, cos you stand to be deported if you fuck up, whereas I don't. I imagine that's quite a good motivation to keep your nose clean.

My god, I just re-read what I wrote. It's far too reasonable. I shall put that straight right away.

Subsidised immigrant farmers cause house price benefits cancer, and anyone who disagrees is an anti-christian trade unionist.
Staffordshire sister here!!
Hi Babes sorry to say that I bought the Daily Mail again today, but it was only for the Travis CD that was free with it, (so shallow I know)!! still love u to bits Lxx