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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:50:33 GMT2017-01-19T06:50:33Z

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Nat Hentoff, columnist, critic and giant of jazz writing, dies aged 91

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:52:05 GMT2017-01-08T13:52:05Z

Son says longtime Village Voice columnist died of natural causes, after long career in which he wrote more than 25 books and collaborated with Bob Dylan

Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died on Saturday at age 91.

His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died from natural causes at his Manhattan apartment.

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What Donald Trump will have to accept: without journalism, there is no America

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:00:14 GMT2016-11-18T10:00:14Z

How American journalists should organize and fight in such a climate is a long and uncertain discussion. But they will fight a losing battle without the trust and support of the American public

Six days after the presidential election, veteran reporter and anchor of PBS News Hour Gwen Ifill died at the age of 61. One of the greats in her industry, Ifill thrived on complexity and research rather than the sound of her own voice. During presidential election cycles, she focused on issues in voters’ lives rather than on the race to name a winner.

While accepting an award from the National Press Foundation in 2007, Ifill said she was often asked to defend her profession. “Journalism is about asking the questions, not assuming the answers,” Ifill told the crowd.

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Madam President: how Newsweek reported a Clinton victory

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:23:04 GMT2016-11-10T11:23:04Z

Newsweek’s editor did what any sensible magazine chief would have done by preparing an issue based on a very different US presidential result...

It could all have been so different. Newsweek’s editor had obviously prepared issues for both possible US presidential election results, as is normal practice in such events.

Oddly, however, this one not only got published but also got distributed. About 125,000 copies had to be recalled, reported the New York Post.

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Rolling Stone 'Jackie' trial: university administrator awarded $3m for defamation

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:17:09 GMT2016-11-08T02:17:09Z

Former associate dean of students Nicole Eramo wins case over discredited gang rape story that cast her as a villain

Jurors have awarded a University of Virginia administrator $3m for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the school’s handling of a brutal gang rape a fraternity house.

The 10-member jury’s decision came after they concluded on Friday that the magazine, its publisher and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely were responsible for defamation, with actual malice, of former associate dean of students Nicole Eramo in the 2014 story A Rape on Campus.

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Rolling Stone defamed university administrator in 'Jackie' story, jury finds

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:50:22 GMT2016-11-04T18:50:22Z

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote the discredited 2014 article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, was also found guilty of libel with actual malice

A federal jury on Friday found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator who sued them for $7.5m over a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house.

The 10-member jury in Charlottesville sided with administrator Nicole Eramo, who claimed the article portrayed her as a villain. Jurors found that journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely was responsible for libel, with actual malice, and that Rolling Stone and its publisher were also responsible for defaming Eramo.

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Rolling Stone defamation trial nears end as lawyers say facts of UVA case ignored

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:11:27 GMT2016-11-02T15:11:27Z

Attorneys for former UVA dean say journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely had an agenda, while magazine argues everyone who spoke to ‘Jackie’ believed her

The defamation trial against Rolling Stone drew to a close on Tuesday, as attorneys clashed over whether the author of the magazine’s discredited story of a gang rape was an agenda-driven reporter or a dupe.

Before they adjourned, attorneys for the plaintiff excoriated Rolling Stone for willfully ignoring any facts that might have contradicted its preconceived notions of the story.

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Martin Baron: 'We took Donald Trump seriously from the beginning'

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:00:10 GMT2016-10-30T14:00:10Z

The Washington Post’s executive editor on breaking Trump’s Access Hollywood hot mic moment and the surprising positives of working beside software engineers

The phone call that would, just hours later, inflict a highly damaging blow to Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions came through to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold mid-morning on Friday 7 October. The source – a Snapchat-era “Deep Throat” – informed Fahrenthold, whose dogged exposure of the operations of the Trump Foundation had so infuriated the billionaire, that they had some previously unaired video of Trump. Would he be interested in viewing it?

“David recognised immediately that [the footage] was explosive,” says the Post’s executive editor Martin Baron, “and the first task was to make sure it was authenticated, which he was able to do pretty quickly.”

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Rolling Stone publisher says UVA rape article was not entirely retracted

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:59:44 GMT2016-10-29T18:59:44Z

In lawsuit over discredited article, Jann Wenner says although ‘Jackie’s’ account was inaccurate, the rest of the story remained valid

Rolling Stone magazine publisher and co-founder Jann Wenner said in a video deposition that he disagreed with a top editor’s decision to retract an entire article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, after the story was discredited.

Related: UVA rape story trial highlights struggle to report on sexual assault in Trump era

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'Jackie' testifies: Rolling Stone story was 'what I believed to be true at the time'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:55:34 GMT2016-10-24T21:55:34Z

Deposition of UVA student featured in discredited article is heard publicly for first time as magazine faces defamation trial

The woman whose harrowing account of being gang-raped at the University of Virginia was the centerpiece of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article testified in a deposition heard by the public for the first time on Monday that the story was what she believed “to be true at the time”.

A video deposition of the woman identified in the article only as “Jackie” was played for jurors Monday in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine for the 2014 article A Rape on Campus by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5m from the magazine, claiming she was cast as the story’s “chief villain”. A police investigation later found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.

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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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Moneysupermarket grabs most complained-about ad top spot again

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:01:22 GMT2017-01-19T00:01:22Z

Dancing bodyguard Gary’s Michael Jackson-style crotch grab during ad for price comparison website riles TV viewers

Moneysupermarket’s ad featuring a bodyguard busting out old-school dance moves and a crotch grab was the most complained-about TV ad in the UK last year.

The TV ad, part of the brand’s “So Moneysupermarket” campaign about consumers who feel “epic” after saving cash using the price comparison website, features “Gary the bodyguard”, who at one point is seen doing a Michael Jackson-style crotch grab and gyrations.

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ABC unmoved by pleas to save shortwave radio service for remote areas

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00:15 GMT2017-01-18T19:00:15Z

Exclusive: Federal MPs meet with managing director Michelle Guthrie to protest the decision to shut the service

The ABC has remained steadfast in its decision to scrap the shortwave radio service, despite pleadings from federal Labor politicians in a meeting with the managing director, Michelle Guthrie.

Federal senator and cabinet minister Nigel Scullion has joined the calls for ABC to reverse its “city-centric” decision and maintain the service.

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BBC Trust says Laura Kuenssberg report on Corbyn was inaccurate

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:40:30 GMT2017-01-18T12:40:30Z

Regulator says report on Labour leader’s views about shoot-to-kill breached impartiality and accuracy guidelines

The BBC’s political editor inaccurately reported Jeremy Corbyn’s views about shoot-to-kill policies in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, according to the BBC Trust.

The broadcaster’s regulator concluded that a Laura Kuenssberg report for the News at Six in November 2015 breached the broadcaster’s impartiality and accuracy guidelines, in a ruling that triggered an angry response from the corporation’s director of news.

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Theresa May's Brexit speech: what the national newspapers say | Roy Greenslade

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:15:19 GMT2017-01-18T10:15:19Z

PM’s words cause unsurprising joy in pro-leave papers while pro-remain media question her interpretation of her mandate

The advantage of the prime minister’s speech being leaked in advance is obvious: two successive days of adoring front-page headlines for Theresa May.

As far as the Daily Mail is concerned, Margaret Thatcher has been reborn: “Steel of the new Iron Lady”. Other headlines on six successive pages reflect its ecstasy at her decision to quit the single market, renegotiate customs union membership and dispense with the European court of justice: “A great nation is reborn”; “Europe split over May’s vision – but even Tusk calls it ‘realistic’; “Thumbs up from bosses”.

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Julian Assange ready for US extradition, one of his lawyers suggests

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:58:43 GMT2017-01-18T08:58:43Z

WikiLeaks said last week that founder would agree to go to US if Chelsea Manning was freed

A lawyer for Julian Assange has indicated that the WikiLeaks founder is ready to face extradition to the US after Barack Obama commuted the sentence of US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

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WikiLeaks' impact: an unfiltered look into the world's elite and powerful

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:17:54 GMT2017-01-18T01:17:54Z

Once classified reports could go viral, US diplomats thought twice about what they wrote – and foreign contacts were careful with what they told diplomats

The release of a quarter of a million US diplomatic cables leaked by Chelsea Manning, the US army whistleblower whose 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama on Tuesday, had a powerful impact on the practice of diplomacy around the world.

Related: Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Obama

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'It's essential': outback workers fight ABC decision to ditch shortwave radio

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:06:05 GMT2017-01-18T00:06:05Z

For some living and working in Australia’s outback, shortwave radio is the only way they can listen to the ABC – and their main daily contact with the rest of the world. But the ABC will end the service in two weeks

“People that live out in contracting camps or mustering stock camps or outstations, and even a lot of the people who live in the bush on cattle stations, spend probably 100% of their waking hours out on the land and have very minimal contact with other human beings,” says Tracey Hayes, the chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association.

“You can imagine how isolating that would be without having access to the outside world via radio during the day while you’re out in the workplace. But I don’t think they took that into consideration.”

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Sir David Clementi lands parliamentary approval for BBC chair role

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:18 GMT2017-01-18T00:01:18Z

Former Bank of England deputy governor clears final obstacle after gaining approval of parliament’s culture, media and sport committee

Sir David Clementi cleared the latest hurdle in his appointment as the new BBC chair, after he won the backing of MPs.

The former Bank of England deputy governor was revealed as the government’s preferred candidate for the role last week but needed support in parliament. Hours after he appeared before the culture, media and sport select committee, its members approved the appointment. The nomination will now go before the privy council where it is expected to be rubber-stamped.

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Incoming BBC chair calls for 'crown jewel' sports review in first appearance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:25:46 GMT2017-01-17T13:25:46Z

David Clementi tells MPs list of free-to-air events should be reviewed, and says all top appointments should be apolitical

David Clementi has called for a review of “crown jewel” sports rights in his first appearance after his appointment as BBC chair, in which he also demanded that all senior appointments at the corporation should be politically independent.

In the first two hours of a grilling by members of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee to confirm his appointment, Clementi, the government’s preferred choice as chair, said he had always been politically neutral and that his board and senior executives should be too, adding: “I never met the prime minister.”

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Are students justified in banning the sale of newspapers on campus?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:27:43 GMT2017-01-17T11:27:43Z

Four speakers to debate the student union motions in some universities to prevent the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Sun being sold

Expect fireworks next Tuesday during a panel discussion at City, University of London when four people debate whether campus campaigns against the sale of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express are justified.

On the panel will be Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World who spent five years as editor of the Sunday People; Tom Slater, deputy editor of Spiked Online; Liz Gerard, the former Times night editor who runs the excellent SubScribe blog; and Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain. It will be chaired by a City, University of London student, Ghazzala Zubair.

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In a post-factual presidency, Trump can play both victor and victim

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:09 GMT2017-01-15T07:00:09Z

The evidence from last week’s hostile press conference is clear: no traditional ‘facts’ can damage a world leader who embodies conspiracy theory

Alastair Campbell, of cherished memory, used to bang on about how the 24-hour news cycle had first transfixed and then transformed Downing Street’s press operation. But now try the next great leap in an unspecified direction: the 24-minute news cycle, as masterminded by Donald Trump. The shape and shrill sound of media things to come.

Trumpism means Trumpism. When attacked – by anyone from Meryl Streep to the CIA – the commander-in-chief of democratic righteousness will kick right back. He’ll say that she’s a lousy actor and Hillary hack. He’ll snarl about intelligence “Nazis”. And he’ll carry on tweeting incessantly.

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Good on you Meryl Streep in your new role as press freedom champion

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:34:34 GMT2017-01-09T10:34:34Z

‘We need a principled press to hold power to account,’ she says, while debunking Donald Trump for his anti-newspaper stance and mockery of a disabled reporter

We are used to actors complaining about the press. So Meryl Streep’s praise for newspapers during her “emotional and searing speech at the Golden Globes” was something of a landmark moment.

We need a principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.

So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press, and all of us in our community, to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re going to need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

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Why did the Los Angeles Times take so long to run an investigation?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:38:27 GMT2017-01-06T08:38:27Z

Although the newspaper is a case study in 21st century newsprint decline, there are questions also about its editorial decision-making

I have just spent three weeks in Los Angeles, home to a newspaper that is suffering from the familiar chronic problems engendered by the digital revolution’s continuing disruption.

The recent history of the Los Angeles Times has been marked by changes of ownership, changes of editorship and regular culls of editorial staff against a background of falling sales and decreasing advertising revenue.

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It’s all too easy for Trump to set the media a-twitter

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:00:54 GMT2016-11-27T07:00:54Z

The sight of a president-elect stirring things up on social media is novel. But it’s a shame it’s so easy to set the press off on a wild goose chase

There are, as it happens, at least two kinds of fake news. The one that has become a dirge through the first days of Trump, simple fibs dressed up as facts on Facebook et al – and the more insidious fakery that no one seems to have rumbled yet: mindless news, empty news, news as transient as the latest tweet from the Donald.

British journalists who haven’t been concentrated on Trumpian tactics may, perhaps, be excused last week’s farce. But would any prime minister in her right mind make Nigel Farage – loosest of cannons, most lethal of preening enemies – ambassador to the United States? It’s a joke, a non-starter. So why did a tweet from the president-elect seem to start it?

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Facts will calm the fever of Trump’s triumph

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:59:30 GMT2016-11-20T06:59:30Z

The president-elect thrived in the febrile atmosphere of the election. In the dark years ahead, journalists must trust in dispassionate truth

So, what happens to candle carriers through four coming years of darkness? Some distraught warriors – say Owen Jones in the Guardian – call for a “non-violent war of political attrition” against this “would-be tyrant … this billionaire plutocrat charlatan” called Donald. But if that seems a touch hyperactive, you can always use cash to underwrite truth.

Manhattan’s favourite Brummie comedian, John Oliver, made that precise connection as he contemplated the Trump hegemony last week. Fight back against fake news by subscribing (and boosting) real news sources. Donate to ProPublica, the investigative unit of American first choice. Pay good money for the New York Times, Washington Post and other key barriers along Breitbart Way. Don’t just sit there and moan. Put your hands in your pockets.

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The media didn’t see Trump coming. And even now, it doesn’t know why

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:00:12 GMT2016-11-13T07:00:12Z

The ‘big-city elite’ are full of remorse: but local editors of community papers across the US missed the story too

Seldom in media history have so many worked so hard – to wallow in angst. “I think it’s time for all journalists to turn our back on polls …” tweeted ITV’s anchor-of-the-night Tom Bradby, as he might well have done after June 2016 or May 2015 too. Yes: the polls were all over the place again, predictions based on them similarly frail. Again. Plentiful egg splattered innumerable august faces.

But if every debacle has one inevitable following mantra – the one about “lessons to be learned” – what are the lessons for journalists here? Before it happens. Again.

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Newspapers big and small are facing an existential crisis

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:36:22 GMT2016-11-11T11:36:22Z

News Corporation and the CN Group are suffering from the same problem, declining newsprint advertising revenue, which imperils journalism’s future

What have the Wall Street Journal and the Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser got in common? Or perhaps that question should be: what have the Journal’s owner, mighty News Corporation, and the Advertiser’s owner, the modest CN Group, got in common?

The Journal sells more than 1m copies a day in print while the Advertiser manages about 1,200 newsprint sales a week.

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A print publishing reality: advertisers, not readers, are the customers

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:50 GMT2016-10-24T09:00:50Z

As Trinity Mirror closes another free title while bemoaning a lack of audience, a US newspaper owner tells it like it is: journalism is of secondary importance

Here’s a Trinity Mirror spokesperson commenting its latest local paper closure: “We focus on markets where we are able to grow audience and revenue. It’s for this reason we’ve been forced to close free weekly, the Crawley News and its website”.

Not a startling revelation: we know that advertising has been retreating from newsprint for years, although the shuttering of the website is surprising.

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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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'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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Moneysupermarket's strutting man in hotpants tops 2015 complaints list

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:01:21 GMT2016-02-23T00:01:21Z

Although seemingly not as offensive as Paddy Power’s 2014 Oscar Pistorius ad, the ‘Epic Strut’ campaign attracted more than 1,500 complaints last year

Moneysupermarket’s ad featuring a man strutting and twerking in high heels and denim hot pants was the most complained-about TV ad in the UK last year.

The TV ad, part of the brand’s “So Moneysupermarket” campaign about consumers who have saved cash using the price comparison website, features middle-aged “Dave” in an “epic strut” through London’s streets while Sharon Osbourne looks on.

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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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Paddy Power's Oscar Pistorius ad named most complained-about of 2014

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:00:04 GMT2015-02-20T07:00:04Z

Campaign offering ‘money back if he walks’ drew record 5,525 complaints, as social media helps fuel concern

Paddy Power’s Oscar Pistorius ad has been named the most complained-about UK campaign of last year.

Advertising watchdog the ASA received a record 5,525 complaints about Paddy Power’s campaign, which offered “money back if he walks” for punters betting on the outcome of the murder trial. It took the unusual step of ordering the campaign to be pulled immediately, saying it was it was likely to cause widespread offence.

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Trump v the media: did his tactics mortally wound the fourth estate?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:00:34 GMT2016-11-22T12:00:34Z

From a bonanza of free airtime to an overt media campaign against him, Donald Trump was a candidate covered like no other. But were journalists unwitting accomplices in his election? And where does the industry go from here?

The 2016 presidential election took a heavy toll on the vast army of journalists assigned to cover it, grinding down shoe leather, fingertips and nerve-endings in equal measure. But for one reporter, Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, the race for the White House was singularly burdensome, turning him into a night owl.

At the end of each long day on the campaign trail, he would take a deep breath and launch into his second job: fact-checking the lies of Donald Trump. The work would begin late, often at 2am, when all was quiet and he could sink himself undisturbed into a hot bath of outrageous falsehood.

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Westmonster - the new politics blog

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 17:25:38 GMT2007-09-24T17:25:38Z

Lloyd Shepherd, former director of news and information products at Yahoo and (disclaimer) deputy director of digital publishing at GU, has a new company and a new project in the form of Messy Media which is set to roll out a series of specialist news blogs.

The company launched its first publication, politics blog Westmonster (boom boom) today, with editor Sadie Smith live blogging the prime minister's speech at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

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Press Council rules against Daily Telegraph story on pension 'bludgers'

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:10:15 GMT2015-07-14T02:10:15Z

Article about welfare rights group helping ‘army of bludgers’ rort the disability pension was unfair, inaccurate and breached standards, says watchdog

A Daily Telegraph story about a welfare rights group helping “an army of bludgers” to rort the disability pension was unfair, inaccurate and breached standards, the Australian Press Council has ruled.

Headlined “Rorters sharing tips to get on disability pension: Bludge School, how to fudge a bludge”, the article claimed an online forum run by the National Welfare Rights Network and other agencies was giving would-be “bludgers” tips on how to persuade doctors to put them on the pension.

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Match.com ad criticised for suggesting red hair and freckles ‘imperfections’

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:32:20 GMT2016-04-11T14:32:20Z

Website accused of ‘profiting by bullying’ over billboards on London Underground that also feature people with different coloured eyes

Update: Match.com apologises and says it will remove posters

An advert for dating site Match.com has come under fire for suggesting red hair and freckles are “imperfections”.

The Advertising Standards Authority has received around “half a dozen” complaints about the billboard, which appears in tube stations in London.

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BBC sets up team to debunk fake news

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:12:48 GMT2017-01-12T19:12:48Z

Permanent Reality Check team will target false stories or facts being shared on social media

The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news.

Amid growing concern among politicians and news organisations about the impact of false information online, news chief James Harding told staff on Thursday that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”.

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What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:00:33 GMT2016-12-17T22:00:33Z

‘Fake news’ has rapidly become a catch-all term to discredit all kinds of stories. We need to be smarter at recognising and combating outright fabrication

Until recently, there was news and “not news” – as denoted by comments of “that’s not news” below the line on more light-hearted stories or features. Now there is “fake news”, said to be behind the election of Donald Trump as US president and a recent incident involving a gunman at a Washington pizzeria.

The term has become widely used – too widely. But it’s understandable there’s confusion when some fake news is only a bit fake, or fake for an arguably legitimate reason (such as satire).

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Moneysupermarket.com unleashes Big Bad Wolf campaign - Ad break

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:59:31 GMT2016-01-20T15:59:31Z

Watch the comparison website’s advert featuring a bodyguard popping and locking to Duck Sauce’s dance hit in our review of new work in advertising

moneysupermarket.com has firmly established the idea that saving money through their service will make us feel great and the scale of the exuberant exhibitions appears to be growing with each new advert. In this one, the antics of a member of the security detail at a political rally appears to perplex the crowd until they start getting into it.
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10 days in Sweden: the full allegations against Julian Assange

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 21:30:28 GMT2010-12-17T21:30:28Z

Unseen police documents provide the first complete account of the allegations against the WikiLeaks founder

Documents seen by the Guardian reveal for the first time the full details of the allegations of rape and sexual assault that have led to extradition hearings against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

The case against Assange, which has been the subject of intense speculation and dispute in mainstream media and on the internet, is laid out in police material held in Stockholm to which the Guardian received unauthorised access.

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The Sun's nativity play features unlikely cast of characters – video

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:00:09 GMT2016-12-23T07:00:09Z

A film of a nativity play commissioned by the Sun newspaper in 2007 has been leaked to the Guardian. With stars including David Blunkett as a shepherd, Jeremy Clarkson as a wise man and Lorraine Kelly as the Virgin Mary, the video was intended to spread festive cheer but was banned by the then editor Rebekah Brooks

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Ed Miliband on Sky bid: ‘the Murdochs think they can get away with anything’ – video

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:32:18 GMT2016-12-20T14:32:18Z

The former Labour leader gives an impassioned speech to MPs, urging the government to block Rupert Murdoch’s bid for the whole of Sky. He argues that the media and political landscape has not changed since his previous takeover attempt failed five years ago at the height of the phone-hacking scandal

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AA Gill, journalist and restaurant critic, dies aged 62 – video obituary

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:43:22 GMT2016-12-10T17:43:22Z

AA Gill, the award-winning journalist and restaurant critic, has died three weeks after revealing cancer diagnosis. His death on Saturday morning was confirmed by Sunday Times editor and colleague, Martin Ivens, who described Gill as “a giant among journalists”

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First Contact on SBS: meet the participants – video

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:45:54 GMT2016-11-29T21:45:54Z

Hosted by Ray Martin, First Contact follows Natalie Imbruglia, Tom Ballard, Ian Dickson, Nicki Wendt, Renae Ayris and David Oldfield as they come face to face with Indigenous Australia.
• Tom Ballard: My experience on First Contact challenged everything I knew about Indigenous Australia

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The banned Heinz Beanz's Can Song advert – video

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:49 GMT2016-11-23T00:01:49Z

A Heinz TV advert teaching viewers how to use cans of its baked beans to drum out a song has been banned for being dangerous for children to copy. Nine viewers lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority that the advert encouraged unsafe practice

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Barack Obama: fake news is a threat to democracy – video

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:49:10 GMT2016-11-18T08:49:10Z

US president Barack Obama denounces the spate of misinformation across social media platforms, including Facebook, suggesting American politics can be affected. Speaking in Berlin after meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, Obama says a lack of respect for facts and the truth was a threat to democracy

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Andrew Marr defends Remembrance Sunday interview with Le Pen – video

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:30:28 GMT2016-11-13T16:30:28Z

The BBC presenter says he understands some people are ‘offended and upset’ that the interview with French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is broadcast on Remembrance Sunday. He adds that failing to report on the challenge that she and Donald Trump pose to western security would not honour those killed in the historic fight against fascism

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Student’s fake John Lewis Christmas advert is runaway hit – video

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:02:30 GMT2016-11-06T21:02:30Z

An A-level student who created a spoof John Lewis Christmas advert as part of his coursework has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans after the video was posted on YouTube. Bearing all the hallmarks of the traditional tear-jerker from the British department store, Nick Jablonka’s advert, titled The Snowglobe, has led to many viewers calling for him to be hired by the company

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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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