Category media

The Beeb’s Breakfast

  The Beeb asked the Greens (Really quite reluctantly) Since Dave was being obstinate And really quite a pr*ck. We’ll put you out with Miliband Some Scotsmen and the UKIP lot, You can line up with the rest and say “I Disagree With Nick” The Greens said “Certainly” And went on the radio, Stuck their […]

Confirmation Bias

First thing you should know is that this is yet another post about being, you know, nice. Obviously, being nice isn’t very interesting and is rarely particularly amusing, so this post may struggle to achieve either. Apologies. Normal, cynical, hilarious service will resume soon. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about confirmation bias. In case […]

Press Baron Bingo!

Let’s play – PRESS BARON BINGO! Every time you hear one of the lies below, simply cross out the box. When you’ve got the lot, just comment below! Extra marks for getting them all from the same source – Roger Alton from The Times is off to a cracking start! The press weren’t consulted The […]

You say you want a revolution

I got an email from a campaigning petition group the other day. You know the kind of thing. Ever since Avaaz made it big there are hundreds of them around. You’ve got your generalist petition sites (any petition you want), you’ve got your specialist petition sites (against child exploitation, say, or advocating universal education), you’ve […]

To catch a thief, or to save a life.

When the whole hacking story first broke, all those years ago, before it was all about Milly Dowler and the McCanns, and Hugh Grant and Alan Partridge, it was about politicians. And for that reason, I must admit, I was somewhat dismissive about it. A bunch of MPs had a grievance about the press, and […]

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle MPs on the fiddle, The press were over the moon. The Telegraph roared To see such fraud, They’d always hated Geoff Hoon. But hey nonny nonny Some dark telephony Brought public pressure to bear. The press were appalled When Leveson called For something to make them play fair. After much barter They […]

No Direction

This morning, I’m angry. I’m angry and a little concerned. Because the press seem to have rejected the half-baked proposals that would have let them carry on regulating themselves anyway. And that’s not good enough. There’s a half dozen little details that the press aren’t happy about. There’s a rejection of the so-called Government involvement […]

All’s right with the world

There’s a conversation I seem to have with my wife on an alarmingly regular basis. We’re not the most philosophical or political people, Sarah and I, so it’s rare enough for us to be talking about important events and ideas. But whenever something bad happens – something really bad, Philpott bad, Newtown bad – we […]