Daily Mail Science Correspondent on Vaccination

July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , )

The Daily Mail have this week published an article on the HPV vaccine. Remarkably, it’s actually quite good. Certainly better than those written by Rachel Porter, Paul Sims, and the anonymous (and ubiquitous) Daily Mail Reporter. (See herehere, here, and here for my thoughts on those articles.) The journalist in question is Fiona MacRae. The article is about girls being denied the “life-saving cervical cancer jab” because of the religious objections of schools. As I say, it’s actually quite good. The only quibble I have is that it includes the following sentence: Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul Dacre, Kitten Killer

February 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm (Media) (, , , )

kitten pictures

This is what Paul Dacre might see if he were a kitten killer. Which, as far as I know, he isn’t.

Of course, Paul Dacre is not really a kitten killer. I’ve made that up. Newspapers such as Dacre’s Daily Mail though, and I’m not making this bit up, are allowed to print pretty much any headline they like. As long as they make clear at some point that the headline is untrue. Perhaps in, say, paragraph 19 of the article.

This is problematic. Not everyone will read the whole article. A few will read right to the end, some will look at the pictures and maybe read the first couple of paragraphs. But everyone will have been exposed to the headline.

The Poynter Institute found that online participants read an average of 77 percent of story text they chose to read; broadsheet participants read an average of 62 percent of stories they selected; and tabloid participants read an average of 57 percent. They also note that readers described as ‘scanners’ viewed headlines and other page display elements without reading much text. It’s clear that some people might be influenced by a headline without ever reading the attached article.

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The Mainstream Media and the PCC

July 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm (Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

[Updated, 30th July] As the phone hacking storm raged, and the PCC Chair claimed that she was lied to by the News of the World over phone hacking, two newspapers might have thought they could breathe a sigh of relief. At least the scandalous goings on at the News of the World may have deflected some attention from the Sun and the Daily Mirror – who have been in the High Court facing charges of contempt of court. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I Write About The Daily Mail

June 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm (Legal Chill, Media) (, , , )

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre The Daily Mail have been responsible for a number of misleading, inaccurate, or distorted articles. When blogging about the Mail I’ve focused on articles about health and science, whereas other bloggers have cast their nets wider: for example Tabloid Watch, Mail Watch, and Angry Mob. 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) (, , , , , )


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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The PCC Is Ineffective

March 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm (Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , , )

Having read the recent post by JQH – in which he reports on his complaint to the PCC regarding the Daily Fail’s misleading and inaccurate reporting of the HVP vaccine – and the associated comment from Andy Lewis pointing out that the PCC’s editors’ code committee is chaired by Paul Dacre (editor of the Daily Fail), I thought I’d write about the PCC. Happily for me, AlanH of the Think Humanism forum has posted some interesting information about the PCC in this thread. Read the rest of this entry »

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