Man Bites Dog! Or: Daily Mail Manage Fairly Accurate Headline. Eventually.

June 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm (Media, Religion) (, , , , , )

I complained to the Daily Mail some time ago about some misleading headlines. They failed to respond. I then complained to the PCC. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Daily Mail and My PCC Complaint

May 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm (Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , )

Sorry to leave the thrilling topic of chiropractic, but I’ve had an email today that I thought might interest you. I promise I’ll get back to blogging on chiropractic soon. Now, as some of you may recall, I wrote to the Daily Mail to complain about two articles they wrote: one regarding an increased risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration due to excessive consumption of red meat, and one that was headlined “Scientists discover the brain’s ‘God spot’… and show that faith helps human survival”. The Mail didn’t even bother to respond to my complaint so I contacted the Press Complaints Commission (I also complained to the PCC about the Daily Telegraph at the same time). The PCC has now responded to my complaint about the Daily Mail, which I shall share with you below – although I am still waiting to hear about a similar complaint regarding the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of the red meat story (who, like the Mail, failed even to give me the courtesy of a response when I complained, let alone admit fault with their story or make changes). I think that the PCC has decided that the Telegraph’s headline and coverage are acceptable and I doubt that the Telegraph have even been contacted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media Reporting of Research: Consistently Poor

April 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm (Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In fact, I think that the only thing that is consistent about the mainstream media’s reporting of research (particularly research that relates to health) is that it is poor. Supplements are, alternately, life-savers and… deadly cancer-causing killer pills. We all drink too much – but then again red wine is good for us. The articles tend to be misleading, inaccurate or distorted whether they are pro- or anti-vitamins (or red wine and other forms of alcohol, or whatever other example you wish to choose). Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail & Self-Awareness

April 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm (Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , )

The Fail love to poke fun at wacky boffins, their obviously daffy ideas and their silly, irrelevant research. They also love to extrapolate from animal or lab bench studies in order to prove that wine cures cancer or that chocolate is a health food. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail Pose Public Health Risk For Profit

April 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The Daily Mail’s coverage of vaccines is something that has caused a number of people concern. I thought that maybe it was driven by some ideological anti-vaccination stance (a point I made when I wrote about the Hepatitis B vaccine recently) but, as the Lay Science blog has pointed out, The Daily Mail is Campaigning Both For AND Against the HPV Vaccine in Different Countries Simultaneously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Fail Claim of New Vaccination Fears – Hepatitis B

April 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , )

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It really is starting to look like the Daily Mail are actively campaigning against vaccination. This piece, written by Beezy Marsh and Jo McFarlane*, is the first time I’ve heard of these new vaccination fears. Perhaps because (unlike Beezy, I would guess) I don’t call Richard Halvorsen and JABS every time there is a discussion about vaccination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail: Is Turin Shroud Genuine?

April 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm (Media, Religion) (, )

Excellent – a possible example of Dr* T’s First Theory in the Daily Fail. The Daily Mail is allowing itself to be used in order to promote the Discovery Channel’s programme tomorrow night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Measles, Mumps, and the Media

April 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , )

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Mumps features in several news reports of the last few days. Measles has had a couple of mentions too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exclusive: The Daily Mail Causes Cancer

April 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , )

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In March, JQH wrote four posts about the Mail’s reporting of the HPV vaccine, and his subesquent complaints to the Mail and the PCC. Link. I wrote about their coverage here. This afternoon, I spotted a link on the Holford Watch miniblog to a new Daily Mail article headlined “How safe is the cervical cancer jab? Five teenagers reveal their alarming stories”. Read the rest of this entry »

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3-in-1 PCC Complaint

April 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm (Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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This is probably a waste of my time*. Nevertheless, I have decided to complain to the PCC about the failure of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph to respond to my criticism of their pieces on red meat and blindness (or the Mail’s piece on the brain’s God spot). Reproduced below is the letter: Read the rest of this entry »

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