PCC Judgement On Daily Mail HPV Article

February 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm (Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Back in November last year, I complained about a Daily Mail article on the HPV vaccine. Another individual also complained (about the Mail and other newspapers) and the PCC decided that theirs would be the main complaint, with mine being considered alongside it. It’s taken over three months, but the PCC have now made an adjudication. 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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Science Journalism

September 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Media) (, , , , , )

The recent debate between Dr Ben Goldacre and Lord Drayson (video currently available here) has led to this blog post. I feel that media coverage of scientific research could be a lot better than it currently is. I also have one or two suggestions as to how it could be improved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do The PCC Need Expert Help?

August 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm (Bad Science) (, , , )

The Press Complaints Commission have come in for criticism from some quarters and the organisation is viewed variously as being incompetent, toothless, or too close to the industry it is supposed to regulate. Some suggestions have been made as to how the PCC can be improved. It seems to me that one thing the PCC may lack is expertise in some of the fields they are asked to rule on. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Reform of the PCC – Any Ideas?

April 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm (Media) (, , , )

I’ve contacted the Media Standards Trust, who have been asking for suggestions on the reform of media regulation*. As it stands, I don’t believe the PCC is effective as a regulator and I think changes are needed.

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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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Daily Mail Up For A New Vaccine Hoax

March 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Having played a major role in what Ben Goldacre calls the Media’s MMR hoax, the Daily Fail first went for Andrew Wakefield, calling him “the doctor who sparked a worldwide health scare over the MMR jab”. They then went after, um, their own readers. The Fail called parents who had (partly thanks to the Fail itself) refused to vaccinate their children with MMR morons and middle-class twits. Having perpetuated the MMR scare, the Mail then blamed a lone scientist for beginning the scare and its readers for having fallen for it, taking zero responsibility for their own, significant, role in the whole debacle. That was the Mail’s MMR Hoax. Now they’re going for a new target – the cervical cancer vaccine. Read the rest of this entry »

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