Abysmal Journalism & Its Disproportionate Influence

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  1. rynner2

    rynner2 Great Old One

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    It used to be common in Britain for strikers and/or protesters to gather round an improvised brazier. Perhaps we have warmer clothes nowadays!
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Global warming.
     
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    graylien Justified & Ancient

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    Uri predicted Trump becoming president back in September based on the fact he has 11 letters in his name.

    (Although Trump quite likes using his middle initial and Donald J Trump is actually 12 letters.)

    I remember seeing his post at the time and thinking Uri was going out on a limb as Clinton was comfortably ahead in the polls.
     
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  6. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Hm. That'd be impressive as there isn't a well tried and available formulae for working out the winner in advance. Oh wait. There is. Not so amazing then.

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/professor-predicts-trump-will-win-2016-9?r=US&IR=T
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    More interesting, he taught her how to bend spoons!
     
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    OneWingedBird Beloved of Ra

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    Interesting idea - I wonder if it's also possible to make a fake news antivaccine?

    BBC
     
  10. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    I really hope they find something that enables people to spot the genuine from the poorly informed or just plain fake. There's an unofficial war going on between the powers that be and journalism that both have contributed damaging effects to, but we still need the good, clear-eyed journalism to hold the increasing levels of bullshit to account. I'm very suspicious of any authority who starts blaming "lazy journalism" for their own faults getting revealed, it means they can get away with pretty much anything if the public no longer believe anything they read or watch.
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    I keep seeing adverts on Facebook that are clearly 'fake news'.
    They're basically announcements that someone famous has died, when they haven't.
    One such example was Stephen Fry.
     
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    I started a thread on the UL forum a few years ago about fake celeb deaths because they seemed to be increasing. Didn't realise it would be the defining characteristic of what people believed now.
     
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    Me too. Very annoying.
     
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    Peripart Antediluvian

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    Dave Gorman covered this sort of things on one of his TV shows - you'll see something titled "You won't believe who just died", and it always carries a picture of someone definitely not dead. If you click through to the article, it'll be a dreary list of people who actually did die, along with dozens of other click-bait links to such gems as "why Hollywood won't cast such-and-such an actor again". Someone, somewhere, is obviously making money creating this sort of crappy website, but I can't work out how...
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Yeah, I can't work out how they're making money from it.
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Big numbers I'd have thought, a millions of click-thrus, with a small percentage (still a decent number) who buy something. Still adds up to more than the hosting costs.
     
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    Maybe not quite a call for ctual decapitiation, still rather sick given the state of politics:

    Stool Pidgeon
     
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    OneWingedBird Beloved of Ra

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    This is really piss poor journalism for the Indie, more what I'd expect of the Daily Mail, a headline which sugests the opposite of what the actual story says -
    Revealed: UK Government let British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria


    You have to read to about half way through to discover that the chemicals were never exported at all.

    At the risk of getting into stuff that's more relevant to the Syria thread, also interesting that this story appears a few days after various claims that a recent Sarin attack in Syria wasn't Sarin or any other nerve gas at all - video of the 'cleanup team' show them with no hazmat suits or any sort of protection, quite roughly handling the victims with bare skin.
     
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    Great stuff here:

     
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    gerhard1 Abominable Snowman

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    Makes a lot of sense to me. I don't think I'd be going too far out on a limb to say that the media is largely responsible for most of the political correctness that we have in our respective cultures.

    Might I ask something of the folks in the UK? Are those who commit crimes, treated as victims by the British media?
     
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    Now that depends on the crime.
     
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    What the hell is going on with Radio 4?
    The Today programme has lurched towards showbiz and fashion. At first, I wondered whether their overlong advertorial for Burberry was a replacement item for a spiked story but the other day there was a piece on Mel Brooks promoting Young Frankenstein and his next show, Blazing Saddles. Cue the beansfart clip.
    It’s bad enough that the Beeb’s Breakfast news became superlight pap fronted by giggling presenters (until they found out what each other were getting paid) but for the nation’s flagship news programme Today to go the same way smacks of a new policy to wean us off news altogether.
     
  23. Mythopoeika

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    There does seem to have been a changeover of presenters. Perhaps someone's on holiday?
     
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    No. They have a new editor. Ex Eeny Stannit.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2...-bbc-radio-4-today-programme-evening-standard

    It’s not just me....The Times has a full page on Today’s light switch.
     
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    Not seen it for warmth. Have seen it when people are burning off the rubber and plastic of electric wiring to get the copper to sell as scrap. Can be both, I think somebody saw it and misunderstood and now it's a trope though.
    If you start a fire for warmth you're probably not so civic minded as to keep it contained.

    Side note, I have a nice scar on my left hand that looks like the old "official Godzilla merchandise" stamp from a burn barrel as a kid.

    Also, any decent zombie story will hand wave the scavenger problem by making the zombie flesh toxic.
     
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    sherbetbizarre Special Branch

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    Fury after Morrisons wouldn't sell couple meat pies before 9am
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    https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/fury-after-morrisons-wouldnt-sell-14533827

    There's even video of Mr Gilkes on this outrage.
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    There may have been a reason...like waiting for them to cool down before putting them out.
     
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    Not according to Tony, 76, who eats fish and chips three days a week, rarely touches pastry, and has suggested a more sinister explanation:


    “There’s more to this,” he said. “Morrisons have got their own agenda".

    This story made me laugh from the start and not just because of the impressively high pun-per-paragraph count.
     
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    Have you seen the similar stories links?

    Couple's fury after restaurant calls them 'riff raff' following complaints about the prawns
    Pair say they were 'dressed smartly' in new Christmas clothes, but the Middlesbrough restaurant won't apologise...

    Woman left 'belittled' after club refused to serve her tap water alongside lager
    'I was served a lager but, because I had a bit of a cough, I asked for some water as well' :: Club says it has had a policy for 15 years...

    Wetherspoon pub at centre of 'half eaten' food row visited by environmental health
    Stockton Council’s Environmental Health received a complaint - not from the woman involved - and an officer was sent to inspect the premises..
     
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