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Latest Media news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:29:45 GMT2016-10-23T20:29:45Z

Copyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016

New York Times review pans series – but then admits critic saw it in wrong order

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:59:56 GMT2016-10-22T02:59:56Z

Newspaper issues correction to Mike Hale’s review of Goliath, which he called ‘needlessly complicated’ after inadvertently starting with episode two

The New York Times has issued a correction after its television writer panned a show for being confusing when he watched the first two episodes in the wrong order.

Mike Hale, the Times’ television critic, had criticised the “split personality” and “needlessly complicated structure” of the initial episodes of Amazon’s new legal drama Goliath.

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Rolling Stone reporter admits she made mistakes in 'Jackie' rape story

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:52:44 GMT2016-10-20T19:52:44Z

Sabrina Rubin Erdely takes stand in defamation trial and says she overlooked key details in process of reporting on alleged rape at the University of Virginia

The author of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia on Thursday acknowledged that she made mistakes while reporting the story of the woman identified only as Jackie.

Sabrina Rubin Erdely took the stand in the defamation trial against the magazine over its 2014 story. University administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.8m from the magazine for its portrayal of her in the story.

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Another Sulzberger is lined up to head the New York Times

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:48:14 GMT2016-10-20T08:48:14Z

Arthur Gregg set to be the fifth generation of his family to run the newspaper after being appointed as its deputy publisher

The tricky act of succession at the New York Times has been sorted out with the appointment of Arthur Gregg Sulzberger as deputy publisher.

It puts the 36-year-old in line to succeed his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, as publisher and chairman of the newspaper.

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'Jackie' of Rolling Stone rape article will not testify, plaintiff's lawyers say

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:04:19 GMT2016-10-18T22:04:19Z

Opening statements heard in case brought by university administrator Nicole Eramo, who says author of article made her the ‘chief villain’ of discredited story

The woman who claimed to be the victim of a brutal gang-rape portrayed in a now discredited Rolling Stone article will not testify in the defamation lawsuit facing the magazine, attorneys for the plaintiff announced on Tuesday.

But she will be heard. On the second day of the trial in federal court in Charlottesville, an attorney for the University of Virginia dean who claims Rolling Stone falsely portrayed her as “villain” read excerpts from a previously sealed deposition of the woman Rolling Stone called “Jackie”.

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The New York Times introduces its new 'International Edition'

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:20:47 GMT2016-10-11T21:20:47Z

Newspaper’s title is changed in a revamp aimed at testing whether it can turn a profit as its publishing company continues to build a digital audience

Overnight, the International New York Times has become The New York Times International Edition. The change of title is accompanied by a new design, additional news content and more analysis.

It represents an attempt by the New York Times Company to see whether, at a time of digital growth, the newspaper can retain, and even expand, its newsprint audience.

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I'm with you on the digital revolution, it's the lack of journalism I can't face

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:15:22 GMT2016-10-11T08:15:22Z

As yet another newspaper title is withdrawn from publication, a US columnist worries over the implications of a reduction in the number of news-gatherers

Eleven days ago a newspaper serving a small community in the US state of New Hampshire ceased publication after 90 years.

The Citizen, a paid-for title based in Laconia, had been hit by rising production costs. Its publisher tried to sell it, but there were no takers.

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US news media are more popular than, wait for it, Vladimir Putin

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:47:02 GMT2016-09-22T13:47:02Z

But opinion poll reveals that news outlets were viewed less favourably than Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and - by some margin - Barack Obama

A new opinion poll showing that Hillary Clinton has a six-point lead over Donald Trump was, unsurprisingly, headline news in the United States.

The authoritative NBC/WSJ poll put Clinton on 43% with Trump on 37%. But the most noticeable feature of the survey was that both candidates were viewed in negative terms by the majority of respondents.

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Washington Post says Obama should not pardon whistleblower Ed Snowden

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:15:26 GMT2016-09-19T12:15:26Z

Newspaper criticised for calling for the criminal prosecution of its own source, on ‘whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize’

The Washington Post has stunned many people in the United States, including a large section of the country’s journalistic community, by coming out against a pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Despite the newspaper having been responsible for publishing leaks by the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, its latest editorial urges President Barack Obama not to pardon him.

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Associated Press changes Twitter policy after Hillary Clinton storm

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:42:45 GMT2016-09-09T13:42:45Z

News agency draws up new guidelines following controversy over tweet about its story on the presidential candidate and the Clinton Foundation

The Associated Press has deleted a tweet posted two weeks ago about the Clinton Foundation, the humanitarian charity set up by Bill and Hillary Clinton with their daughter, Chelsea.

AP, the largest news agency in the US, announced that the tweet “fell short of AP standards by omitting essential context.”

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Barack Obama to guest edit Wired magazine

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:08:03 GMT2016-08-30T16:08:03Z

President to edit issue focusing on frontiers in areas such as urban planning, cybersecurity, medicine and AI

Barack Obama is to guest edit Wired at the end of October, the first time a sitting president has edited a magazine.

In an article announcing Obama’s involvement, the magazine said the “completely bespoke” issue would focus on frontiers in areas such as urban planning, cybersecurity, medicine and artificial intelligence. The issue will be sold on newsstands from 25 October.

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Anti-smoking experts to sue Times for claims of tobacco payouts

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:00:08 GMT2016-10-23T19:00:08Z

Times apologises to one in group of scientists suing for defamation after paper claimed they accepted money from tobacco companies

A group of scientists and public health experts are to take legal action against the Times newspaper after it reported claims from a leading charity that they were in the pay of the tobacco industry.

The experts, who work in fields that aim to limit deaths and health complications caused by smoking, are looking to sue the Times for defamation following a story which termed them “experts making a packet”.

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Why charity shops don’t take magazines | Letters

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:33:54 GMT2016-10-23T18:33:54Z

I am sorry that Patrick Russell (Letters, 22 October) was upset that his local Oxfam shop would not take his National Geographic magazines. After 10 years in an Oxfam bookshop I can tell him that this is because they are completely worthless, as are most magazines, in that nobody will buy them. There are a exceptions such as a Strand Magazine with a Sherlock Holmes story, but they are few and far between. A quick phone call would have saved him a journey – the shop would likely have advised him to put them straight in his recycling bin, as I have just done with about 20kg of Model Engineer magazines.
John Hurdley

• I am sure that most charity shops will take books if they have room. When I closed down my secondhand bookshop I had 205 polythene bags full. The people in the first shop were delighted, but after about 12 bags said: “Thank you, that will be enough.” There were then 16 charity shops in my town and the adjoining one, and I had to hold back a few bags for later delivery. Bearing in mind that these were all books that had survived a three-month closing down sale at cost price, and that I had run everything through the computer and was only giving away books available at less than £1, I think I was lucky to offload so many. And by the way, I never accepted National Geographic, because the only people who bought them were mothers for primary school projects, and the projects hardly ever coincided with the countries covered.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

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Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry dies

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:16:20 GMT2016-10-23T17:16:20Z

Perry, 93, was behind one of UK’s most popular TV shows, as well as other hits such as Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M’Lord?

The creator of Dad’s Army, Jimmy Perry, has died aged 93 after a brief illness, his agent has confirmed.

Perry’s work on the show – along with that of the producer, David Croft – created one of the most popular British television programmes of all time, which was remade as a film this year.

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Media Files: boss: "Young men want better for the world around them"

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:59:39 GMT2016-10-23T14:59:39Z

The website wants to avoid ‘laddishness’ and build a new product which reflects changes in young men’s attitudes to ‘sensitive issues’

The decline of the lads’ mags launched in the 90s left a vacuum that digital outlets have sought and fought to fill. The most prominent so far have been Unilad and LadBible, two media brands built on distasteful and misogynistic Facebook pages that have been trying to clean up their reputation.

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Channel 4 to start sponsorship bids at £8m for Great British Bake Off

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:03:03 GMT2016-10-23T14:03:03Z

Brands vying to get a slice of Bake Off fame could help broadcaster earn millions in ad revenue

Channel 4 is to start bids to sponsor The Great British Bake Off at as much as £8m as advertisers salivate at the prospect of cooking up the first commercial relationship with the biggest show on UK TV.

The broadcaster has its work cut out to recoup a reported £75m in a three-year deal for up to 40 hours of programming a year, including professional and celebrity specials, with potential for spin-off shows beyond the current 10-hour run of the main programme.

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Philip Green could sue a non-Impress paper even if he lost his knighthood

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:38 GMT2016-10-23T06:00:38Z

Under the Leveson settlement, those who stayed outside the would-be regulator’s ambit would have to pay almost any litigant’s costs in court

There’ll be time enough later this week to weigh the impact of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act going live if Impress, the would-be press regulator, is deemed fit for Royal Charter purpose. But it’s difficult even now, as Sir Philip Green becomes plain Phil – at least at the hands of MPs shouting “billionaire spiv” – not to ponder what section 40 might mean in any notional case brought by Green against a non-Impress paper (from the Guardian and FT to the Mail). Plain Phil could lose big – but he’d still win the costs on both sides. A newspaper would lose hundreds of thousands of pounds in victory.

No, the BBC and ITN aren’t affected here. Nor is BuzzFeed, the HuffPost or Vice. This is one post-Leveson legacy reserved for newspapering alone. And looking increasingly idiotic.

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Behind news circulation headlines, looming bulks are skewing the figures

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:38 GMT2016-10-23T06:00:38Z

In the broadsheet market that once forswore free copies, sales numbers are once again starting to move in mysterious ways

An ancient monster rises from the murky depths of print sales. Bulks (ie copies punters can pick up free in hotels, airports etc) are back. At first sight, if you look at September’s ABC figures, the Guardian, down 5.5% year on year, and the Observer, down 5.9%, seem to be trailing in serious newspaper sales: even though – eschewing bulks – they both increased circulation month on month and, in the Observer’s case, for the sixth straight month in a row.

So how come that the Times was a whopping 12% up over September 2015 and the Telegraph down only 4.7%? Answer: because the Thunderer has added a walloping 53,681 bulks to its bottom line and the Telegraph, which forswore bulks entirely, has suddenly conjured up 20,992 of them. Deal only in sold copies from your newsagent, and the Times is actually down 0.8% on the year and the Telegraph 9.1%.

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AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner for $85bn as Trump slams deal

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:28:02 GMT2016-10-23T00:28:02Z

  • Boards of both companies unanimously approve deal
  • Donald Trump: ‘Deals like this destroy democracy’

The telecoms giant AT&T has agreed to pay $85bn to buy the media powerhouse Time Warner and create one of the world’s largest media, TV and telecoms firms.

Related: Trump uses Gettysburg address to threaten to sue sex assault accusers

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Bill Leak’s lawyers say Triggs 'playing politics' with children’s welfare

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:19:32 GMT2016-10-22T03:19:32Z

Cartoon published in the Australian ‘was drawn in good faith and did not breach Section 18C’

The Human Rights Commission and its head, Gillian Triggs, have been accused of “playing politics” over children’s welfare by lawyers for the Australian newspaper over an investigation into a cartoon by Bill Leak.

The Australian and Leak are being investigated for alleged “racial hatred under the Racial Discrimination Act” by the commission over Leak’s August cartoon depicting the neglect of Indigenous children by their parents.

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Disability commissioner criticises ABC over cuts to transcription service

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:04:48 GMT2016-10-21T21:04:48Z

Alastair McEwin warns decision not to transcribe some news and current affairs programs – and save $210,000 – is a ‘backward step’ for accessibility

Australia’s disability discrimination commissioner has criticised the ABC for its decision to stop transcribing some of its news and current affairs programs.

Alastair McEwin warned the decision would affect thousands of people with disability, and would prevent the ABC from being accessible to all Australians.

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The reporters fighting for journalism against ‘templated specific content’

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:38 GMT2016-10-23T06:00:38Z

The business plans of US commercial owners make grim reading for local editors under pressure from big media chains

Real numbers have been crunching in public these last few days. The gallant editor of the Oldham Evening Chronicle, on stage at the Society of Editors conference, remembers the days when his paper (all departments included) employed some 250 people. Now that’s shrunk to 40 – including just 17 journalists – plus long-distance subbing from Newport, 185 miles down the M6.

Meanwhile that journalists’ strike against yet more cuts – 12 reporters providing all copy for 11 papers and eight websites – ratchets on in south-west London, with Newsquest managers citing “the need to reduce our cost base to ensure a sustainable future”. But how sustainable is journalism itself in such straitened circumstances?

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Back to the future: were newspaper publishers wrong to go digital?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:52:28 GMT2016-10-19T12:52:28Z

Leading US commentator asks: what if the entire industry made a business blunder by putting news up online for free while ignoring their print product?

“What if”, asks Jack Shafer, “almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong? What if, in the mad dash to put up editorial content on to the web, editors and publishers made a colossal business blunder that wasted hundreds of millions of dollars?”

He continues: “What if the industry should have stuck with its strengths — the print editions where the vast majority of their readers still reside and where the overwhelming majority of advertising and subscription revenue come from — instead of chasing the online chimera?”

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The reviewer who tried to trump all Hitler comparisons | Emma Brockes

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:42:54 GMT2016-10-06T16:42:54Z

Mendacious, half-insane, an egomaniac, a demagogue – that’s what they said about the Nazi leader in the 1930s, before his election. Remind you of anyone?

Book reviews tend to make news only if they are particularly savage or concern a hotly anticipated book. So Hitler, by Volker Ullrich – the umpteenth biography of the dictator, translated from the German and published in America this month – would seem an unlikely candidate. Last week, however, Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times’ chief book critic, did something extraordinary: without ever making it explicit, she wrote an entire review about something, or rather someone, else.

From the opening paragraph – in which Kakutani cites an eminent magazine editor in 1930 describing Hitler as a “half-insane rascal”, a “pathetic dunderhead”, a “nowhere fool” and a “big mouth” – one can start to guess the direction she’s looking in.

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US newspapers hit back as Huff Po and co run out of steam

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:00:09 GMT2016-09-18T06:00:09Z

Statistics show print resilience is strong in press and book publishing, as many Americans still prefer to settle down with a book not an e-reader

It’s been a pretty static summer on the circulation and readership front. Quality papers – in print and online – doing well in the referendum aftermath, with the tabloids staging a modest August recovery. But there’s one fascinating result being celebrated by traditional US news hawks. For the first time in modern digital history (as recorded by comScore over July), the New York Times and the Washington Post both beat starry startups BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post. The Times and Post were up 41% and 54% year-on-year – while the opposition dropped back.

As Ken Doctor at the Nieman Journalism Lab notes, it’s not just a question of readers wanting their news from sturdier, familiar sources in the eye of a presidential election storm. There’s the question of if and when shooting stars begin to wane. “Has the Huffington Post, which shed 12m unique visitors in just a year – and a time of incredible political ferment – peaked? After all, it was born at another digital time, 2005 … a business/editorial model of aggregation ahead of its time.”

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Brexit and Trump are too important for ‘shadows’ and ‘questions’ | Paul Krugman

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:00:53 GMT2016-09-11T06:00:53Z

Paul Krugman is right to condemn journalism’s ‘weasel words’ about Hillary Clinton. The hardest subjects require the most exacting press standards

Sometimes journalists can’t live by a hand-me-down codebook. They themselves are responsible for what’s published. They live, after all, in the society they chronicle. They are part of that society. And two vivid new examples make the point.

One comes from the Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman, addressing various tales of influence-peddling in Hillary Clinton’s foundation hinterland when she was secretary of state. “As reporters like to say, the sheer size of the [Clinton] foundation ‘raises questions’. But nobody seems willing to accept the answers to those questions, which are, very clearly, ‘no’.”

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The Guardian view on press freedom: the need for constant vigilance | Editorial

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:54:49 GMT2016-08-14T16:54:49Z

From Turkey to El Salvador, Asia to the Americas, the best journalists fight to hold a mirror to the world. They deserve our gratitude, and need our support

The news about the news is grim. In Turkey, notorious for cracking down on the media long before July’s attempted coup, authorities have closed more than 130 outlets and issued warrants for 89 reporters and other media workers since the coup a month ago; 17 journalists have been charged with membership of a terror group. The journalist Can Dündar, facing six years in prison for reporting allegations of arms sales to Syrian rebel forces, is a recipient of one of this year’s International Press Freedom awards from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, together with journalists from Egypt, El Salvador and India.

In China, where the Communist party has always determined which news is fit to print, authorities have ordered internet portals to abandon original reporting on political or social topics because of its “extremely vile effect”. There are growing concerns, too, about the editorial independence of papers in Hong Kong, which has historically enjoyed far more freedom than the mainland. Its chief executive has just appointed his dentist, a man who described editorial independence as “mythologised”, to chair the public broadcaster’s board of advisers.

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Fairness and balance falters before Trump in the US media

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:00:28 GMT2016-08-14T06:00:28Z

The American press has abandoned impartiality when it comes to the Republican’s wildest claims. Would the rigid neutrality imposed on the BBC survive him?

The stark media question of June is back, demanding answers in August. “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cosies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”

It’s that fairness-and-balance dilemma that haunted the BBC through Brexit, posed in extreme terms. And Jim Rutenberg, the media correspondent of the New York Times, wriggles to find a response. This is “uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and, by normal standards, untenable”. It “upsets balance, that idealistic form of journalism with a capital ‘J’ we’ve been trained to always strive for”. But, “let’s face it: balance has been on vacation since Mr Trump stepped onto his golden Trump Tower escalator last year to announce his candidacy”.

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US newspapers unite in disgust at Donald Trump's attack on Clinton | Roy Greenslade

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:53:34 GMT2016-08-10T12:53:34Z

His veiled ‘assassination threat’ against Hillary provokes negative front page headlines and a call by the New York Daily News to end his campaign

Donald Trump’s “assassination threat” against Hillary Clinton appears to have united US newspapers against him.

From coast to coast across the States, papers carried negative headlines and articles about the Republican presidential candidate after his extraordinary remarks about his Democrat rival.

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Charging money to go ad-free? The New York Times meets the BBC

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT2016-06-26T06:00:06Z

Former corporation man Mark Thompson has hit on a new, yet strikingly familiar, formula for revenues in the digital age

You can see why big newspaper managers – say Mark Thompson at the New York Times – grow indignant when “cynical”, “money-grasping” adblocking businesses demand money from papers in return for leaving their ads unblocked. That’s “unsavoury” with a Godfather twist. But brows may furrow a little when Thompson tells conference audiences that he’s preparing to sell readers a “higher-tier” ad-free digital package himself.

“We do want to offer all of our users as much choice as we can, and we recognise that there are some users – both subscribers and non-subscribers – who would prefer to have an ad-free experience.” Which would seem to mean that, if you pay us more, we’ll block the ads for you ourselves.

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What Silicon Valley's billionaires don't understand about the first amendment | Nellie Bowles

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:13:36 GMT2016-05-27T21:13:36Z

Some in Silicon Valley have been threatening the ‘uppity’ press with rhetoric about journalists needing ‘to be taught lessons’. That’s not how it works

No major American cultural force is more opposed to examination and more active in suppressing it today than Silicon Valley. So when it was revealed this week that Facebook board member Peter Thiel had been secretly bankrolling a lawsuit to inflict financial ruin on the news and gossip site Gawker, Silicon Valley cheered.

The investor Vinod Khosla wrote on Twitter that the “press gets very uppity when challenged”. And that these bad journalists need “to be taught lessons”.

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Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:05 GMT2016-10-13T11:00:05Z

Trump supporters are not the caricatures journalists depict – and native Kansan Sarah Smarsh sets out to correct what newsrooms get wrong

Last March, my 71-year-old grandmother, Betty, waited in line for three hours to caucus for Bernie Sanders. The wait to be able to cast her first-ever vote in a primary election was punishing, but nothing could have deterred her. Betty – a white woman who left school after ninth grade, had her first child at age 16 and spent much of her life in severe poverty – wanted to vote.

So she waited with busted knees that once stood on factory lines. She waited with smoking-induced emphysema and the false teeth she’s had since her late 20s – both markers of our class. She waited with a womb that in the 1960s, before Roe v Wade, she paid a stranger to thrust a wire hanger inside after she discovered she was pregnant by a man she’d fled after he broke her jaw.

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Aberfan: a reporter's letter home reveals the true horror of the tragedy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:15:59 GMT2016-10-20T08:15:59Z

Alix Palmer, then a Daily Express journalist on her first major assignment, has reproduced the letter to her mother about the disaster that killed 144 people

Tomorrow (21 October) marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster when the collapse of a colliery killed 116 children and 28 adults.

One of my old friends and colleagues, Alix Palmer, was then 27 and sent to the Welsh mining village. It was her first major assignment for the Daily Express and what she witnessed has lived with her ever since. At the time, apart from sending back copy to her newspaper, she wrote a letter to her mother describing what she saw.

Dear Mummy,

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From liberal beacon to a prop for Trump: what has happened to WikiLeaks?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:24:43 GMT2016-10-14T07:24:43Z

A series of hacked emails appear designed to aid Donald Trump fight back against Hillary Clinton, while raising questions about Russian involvement

How did WikiLeaks go from darling of the liberal left and scourge of American imperialism to apparent tool of Donald Trump’s divisive, incendiary presidential campaign?

Thursday brought another WikiLeaks dump of nearly 2,000 emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign, allegedly by Russians. As usual, they were inside-the-beltway gossip rather than game-changing: the campaign tried to push back the Illinois primary, believing it would make life harder for moderate Republicans.

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'Happy hump day!' The Instagram post that nearly aborted the Tinder murder trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:37:46 GMT2016-10-21T07:37:46Z

‘I’m so glad I’m finding these pretty cups every day … because the trial has certainly been less than pretty,’ juror wrote during Gable Tostee’s trial for murder

The Instagram posts of takeaway coffee cups that nearly forced a mistrial in the Tinder murder case have highlighted the problems courts have in enforcing social media restrictions on jurors.

Gable Tostee, 30, was found not guilty of the murder or manslaughter of Warriena Wright, a woman he met using the dating app Tinder.

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Mazher Mahmood: 'Fake Sheikh' jailed for 15 months

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:18:36 GMT2016-10-21T12:18:36Z

Undercover reporter sentenced after being found guilty of tampering with evidence in collapsed drug trial of Tulisa Contostavlos

Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months after being found guilty of tampering with evidence in the collapsed drug trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

After a two-week Old Bailey trial this month, Mahmood, 53, the self-styled “king of the sting”, and his driver Alan Smith, 67, were found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by changing a police statement.

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ITV decided not to make Bake Off bid because stars weren't signed up

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:48:53 GMT2016-10-20T07:48:53Z

TV chief says show was ‘baking powder and a tent’ without a guarantee Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would be attached

ITV decided not to make an offer for The Great British Bake Off because it feared that if the show’s stars were not signed up it would be “baking powder and a tent”, the broadcaster’s TV chief has revealed.

Channel 4 secured Bake Off in a £75m deal last month after the show’s producers were unable to agree a new deal with the BBC.

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Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder's internet over interference in US election

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:56:50 GMT2016-10-19T10:56:50Z

Officials confirm government cut off internet access for Julian Assange following a raft of leaked emails targeting Democrats

Ecuador has confirmed that it has temporarily cut off internet access in its embassy in London to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, over fears that he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election.

The move followed the publication of leaked emails by WikiLeaks, including some from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released just before the party’s convention in July, and more recently a cache of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta.

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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:00:01 GMT2013-04-12T19:00:01Z

News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether

In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. That's why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be.

News misleads. Take the following event (borrowed from Nassim Taleb). A car drives over a bridge, and the bridge collapses. What does the news media focus on? The car. The person in the car. Where he came from. Where he planned to go. How he experienced the crash (if he survived). But that is all irrelevant. What's relevant? The structural stability of the bridge. That's the underlying risk that has been lurking, and could lurk in other bridges. But the car is flashy, it's dramatic, it's a person (non-abstract), and it's news that's cheap to produce. News leads us to walk around with the completely wrong risk map in our heads. So terrorism is over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is overrated. Fiscal irresponsibility is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated.

Continue reading...Out of the ­10,000 news stories you may have read in the last 12 months, did even one allow you to make a better decision about a serious matter in your life, asks Rolf Dobelli. Photograph: Guardian/GraphicOut of the ­10,000 news stories you may have read in the last 12 months, did even one allow you to make a better decision about a serious matter in your life, asks Rolf Dobelli. Photograph: Guardian/Graphic

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News UK faces civil claims totalling millions after Mazher Mahmood trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:21:02 GMT2016-10-21T19:21:02Z

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers face more than 40 cases and calls for second Leveson inquiry after ‘Fake Sheikh’ is jailed

Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group faces more than 40 civil claims totalling millions of pounds and demands for a second inquiry into whether it had a corrupt relationship with the Metropolitan police after undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood was jailed for tampering with evidence.

The News of the World journalist, who used his “Fake Sheikh” disguise to ensnare celebrities, was told by a judge that he lied “to get another scalp” by conspiring to suppress evidence in the trial of the former N-Dubz singer and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

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ITV's Victoria continues ratings reign over BBC's Poldark

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:00:17 GMT2016-10-03T10:00:17Z

Royal drama pulls in 200,000 viewers more than series two of Cornish classic

ITV’s Victoria has narrowly pipped BBC1’s Poldark by just 200,000 viewers to keep its crown in the battle of the Sunday night period dramas.

The penultimate episode of the eight-part royal drama drew 4.8 million viewers and a 21.9% share of total TV viewing between 9pm and 10.05pm.

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Channel 4 presenter says hijab ruling means it's 'open season' on Muslims

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:59:37 GMT2016-10-20T13:59:37Z

Newsreader Fatima Manji condemns decision by press regulator Ipso as ‘fundamentally flawed’ in appeal

The presenter Fatima Manji has questioned whether the press regulator will ever prohibit hate speech on the grounds of religion after it cleared the Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie over his criticism of the Channel 4 News for letting her report on the Nice terror attacks in a hijab.

In an unsuccessful appeal against the ruling of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), she said its decision was “fundamentally flawed” and legitimised discrimination.

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Jeremy Paxman: ‘I never felt I belonged anywhere’

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:00:08 GMT2016-10-15T07:00:08Z

Newsnight’s former chief inquisitor doesn’t like personal questions. So why write a revealing memoir about his distant father and feelings of failure?

I think Jeremy Paxman wants to be known, but only on his own terms, and these terms are tidal and possibly a mystery to himself. He worries, for instance, that his obituary will be headlined Man Who Asked Same Question Of Michael Howard 14 Times Dies. Except it wasn’t 14 times, he notes beadily in his new memoir, A Life In Questions, already anticipating the posthumous lies that might be told: “The repetition of that number proves that what matters is who produced the first account.” (For the record, it was 12 times.)

Paxman worries about his public image but then starts fights: with Marks & Spencer, for instance, over the support offered by their pants. (The clue to his willingness to do this, I think, is also in his memoir, where he notes that Ruby Wax told Options magazine in 1994 that he has “huge genitals”. I do not know how she came upon this information, and I do not ask.) Paxman still keeps a copy of an old interview with Best magazine in which he said he found clothes “really boring”. By way of revenge, Warehouse founder Jeff Banks then nominated him one of the worst-dressed men in Britain. “That man should loosen up,” Banks said, “and get into some soft linen.”

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BBC Breakfast mixes up Nicola Sturgeon and Kumbuka the gorilla – video

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:10:24 GMT2016-10-14T11:10:24Z

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty tells viewers on Friday they would be joined by Nicola Sturgeon later in the show, when production staff cut to footage of Kumbuka, the gorilla who escaped from a London zoo enclosure yesterday. Munchetty’s co-host Charlie Stayt apologises after the live gaffe leaves her unable to keep a straight face

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Eamonn Holmes cut off mid-sentence by Sky News as he says goodbye – video

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:10:17 GMT2016-10-13T12:10:17Z

Eamonn Holmes is cut off by Sky News as he signs off during the his final Sunrise breakfast show on Thursday. The presenter was being hugged by co-presenters Nazaneen Ghaffar, Isabel Lang and Jacquie Beltrao when the broadcast suddenly cut out

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Clementine Ford clashes with Sharri Markson on the Drum – video

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:56:27 GMT2016-09-30T02:56:27Z

Journalist Markson calls the feminist author a ‘troll’ on the ABC’s discussion program after Ford criticises anti-women comments by News Corp columnist Tim Blair and remarks by Miranda Devine about homophobic abuse. Asked by the Drum host Julia Baird about her online demeanour, Ford says she goes after people only when they have said something abusive to her or to someone else.

Clementine Ford: there’s something toxic about the way men bond in Australia

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Assange 'annoyed' with Swedish appeal court decision - video

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:04:09 GMT2016-09-16T14:04:09Z

Julian Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelsson speaks in Malmö, Sweden on Friday after Stockholm’s appeal court upheld his arrest warrant. The WikiLeaks founder is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations that he committed rape in 2010. Assange denies the allegations. He has been avoiding possible extradition to Sweden by taking refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012

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Ad Break: Bonds, McDonald's, Subaru, Nike – video

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:31:46 GMT2016-08-31T11:31:46Z

First up in an interesting quartet of adverts is a tongue-in-cheek look at the trials of fatherhood from Australian underwear brand Bonds. It’s followed by a French commercial for McDonald’s examining an actor with a questionable method; the tale of ‘The Boy Who Breaks Everything’ for Subaru in the US and another addition to Nike’s super campaign featuring Oscar Isaac in the voiceover booth

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Freeing Peter Greste: 'the human spirit can endure a lot more than we all think'

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:15:43 GMT2016-08-26T09:15:43Z

The family of the Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was arrested and held by Egyptian authorities for more than a year along with his two Al-Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, fought a long battle for his release. Greste and his family discuss the arduous and complicated legal process that gained support from journalists around the world and ended in his release, and eventually that of his colleagues as well

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Ad Break: Nike, UNHCR, Visa, Donate Life – video

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:02:26 GMT2016-08-11T14:02:26Z

There’s lots of Olympics in this week’s round-up of advertising from around the world with Nike leading the way - Oscar Isaac’s voiceover adds an extra dimension to their tremendous advert celebrating the indomitable spirit of sporting ambition. Next up are two films - for the UNHCR and Visa - which link Olympic ideals to the plight of refugees . Finally, away from the hustle and bustle of Rio, a film which adopts a highly unusual approach in trying to persuade people they should carry a donor card

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Jean-Claude Van Damme walks off Australian TV interview – video

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:31:14 GMT2016-07-31T11:31:14Z

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme walks off during a live interview with Australia’s Channel Seven, saying it was ‘boring’. While being interviewed on the Sunrise show from video link in Bangkok on Saturday, the Belgian actor complains the media has been asking him the same questions for the past 25 years. He walks away in the end, saying he’s ‘too natural’

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Ad Break: Channel 4 Paralympics Coverage, Samsung Galaxy, Old Spice, Under Armour – video

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:35 GMT2016-07-22T12:18:35Z

This week’s compilation begins with Channel 4’s splendid trail for their coverage of the Paralympics Games. Following that, there’s Samsung’s comparison between surfers and snails; a bizarre advert for Old Spice from the US; and Under Armour’s deification of baseball star Bryce Harper

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Jon Stewart's message to Donald Trump supporters: 'You don't own patriotism' – video

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:21:57 GMT2016-07-22T11:21:57Z

Jon Stewart appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a ‘Daily Show’ routine, just hours after Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. Stewart criticises people who say they want their country back, exclaiming: “This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it.”

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