I will leave it to the more knowledgable bean-counting bloggers such as here to point out the errors of today’s more-egregious-than-ever front page Guardian splash.
Briefly, what the Speccie et al point out that the Guardian has only picked up on the 1.3m job losses the Treasury predicts in the public sector, but ignores the 2.5m job gains predicted in the private sector.
No newspaper or any other media outlet is immune from cherry-picking to back up its arguments, of course. But while we usually write off such tactics in the Sun, Mirror and Mail as typical tabloid excess, it’s more worrying when it appears in a front page lead in a newspaper of so-called record.
But then you remember that the Guardian is yer go-to-guy when it comes to public sector employment vacancies, particularly of the “Community Space Challenger Co-ordinator” and “Inclusivity Totem-pole Artist” sort.
Not that that would sway it one way or t’other, would it?
From the Mail’s coverage about the Russian spy ring, about one of the arrested couples:
Another neighbour told the New York Times: ‘They couldn’t have been spies. Look what she did with the hydrangeas.’
Personally, I’ve always had my suspicions about Alan Titchmarsh…
From the BBC:
The CBI has yet to announce Mr Lambert’s replacement, but the lobby group said it had appointed headhunters Saxton Bampfylde to begin the search.
No Napoleon of Crime is safe when Saxton Bampfylde is on the case…
Barnett argues that “journalism non-profits could use something like a Good Housekeeping seal”… It is “a test of relatively simple, objective standards to which compliance could be demonstrated plainly.”He believes that the seal would indicate in a public way that the outlet was “making every effort to produce reporting that qualifies as journalism.” Read more…
Would it be cynical to ask which reporter might have got lunched?
…and in something reminiscent of Groundhog Day, they all read it again and again and again:
Slashfilm.com has picked up on the mysterious recurring newspaper which keeps popping up in movies and TV shows.
And no, I don’t know who the girl in the photo is, but she’s probably doing OK out of the royalties.