Entries in The Telegraph
19 November 2012 - Telegraph's Dan Hodges Says BBC News Didn't Mention Hamas Rocket Attacks. They Did.
16 November 2012 - Deceptive Headline in Telegraph Makes Claims of Iran's 'Bomb-Building Capacity'
9 June 2012 - Telegraph Headline Labels Untried Guantanamo Detainees as 'World's Most Dangerous Terrorists'
6 June 2012 - Deceptive Headline: WMD Accusations about Iran in the Telegraph
29 January 2012 - A Creative Interpretation of November IAEA Report on Iran
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Attacking Syria: The UK Media and Western Opportunism
The Editors, 28 August 2013
Since the reported chemical attacks in Ghoutta, outside Damascus on Wednesday 21 August, Western government officials have repeatedly attributed blame to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Some of the comments from officials are as follows: UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague: 'We do believe that this is a chemical attack by the Assad...
'We believe that a people is in danger today [...] we have to give the Syrian opposition the means finally to gain the upper hand, that is the departure of Bashar al-Assad', announced French president Francois Hollande recently, while David Cameron explained that 'what we want to do is work with...
Over the last 7 months, UK journalists have consistently voiced their objection to nuclear weapons proliferation. This opposition appears as the western media holds a magnifying glass to Iran and speculation abounds over Iran's nuclear capabilities; speculation that appears to be more in line with western governments' policy rather than with...
The 'option' of a military attack on Iran by Israel, the UK and the US has been increasingly discussed in the UK media since 2011. Government threats of military action have come in various forms, with Israel warning of potential air strikes against Iran in the next few months, and Obama and...
For the invasion of Iraq in 2003, 'top secret' intelligence was used to create a media storm concerning weapons of mass destruction which could be deployed in 45 minutes. Now, the media reports on a 'top-secret' briefing by MI6 to UK ministers on the 'Iranian Nuclear Threat'. The routine appears familiar:...
Last week the Guardian's diplomatic editor, Julian Borger, reported on the 'increasing likelihood that Iran could carry out attacks in America or against US and allied targets around the world.' The claim was not his own of course; he was merely repeating without scrutiny that which was presented by James Clapper, the...
Dan Hodges: 'Keeping the Peace' by Calling for War
The Editors, 8 December 2011
In a low-point for the Telegraph blogosphere earlier this week, Dan Hodges wrote that Britain needs a 'Start the War Coalition' to function as a response to the existing Stop the War Coalition (StW) which has been working to prevent and stop British wars since 2001. Running with the Orwellian logic...
The IAEA report on the state of Iran's nuclear programme released on 9 November didn't quite present western governments with the doomsday scenario they had hoped for. The run-up to the report's publication became a platform for voices to be raised in the media calling for yet another war, as though...
Media Focuses on Drama Rather than Ideas at Occupy London
The Editors, 20 November 2011
On 13th November a peace vigil was held at the Occupy London camp at St. Paul's Cathedral, remembering the victims on both sides of the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. The evening consisted of speeches, song, poetry, and a reading of the names of the dead, remembering British soldiers and Afghan civilians. Matthew...
Political Theatre: Using the Media to Campaign for Tax Cuts
Graham Bell, 26 September 2011
Early in September the BBC news reported on those calling for the 50p tax rate to be cut, by giving an enormous amount of attention on television, radio and online news to a letter sent to the Financial Times and signed by twenty people who wanted the top rate to be...
Footage of the heaviest night of the London riots, Monday 8th August, showed frequent scenes of what were described as a ‘stand-offs’ between police and rioters. In cases where there was no stand-off, police appeared to watch while acts of looting and arson took place. During both the student protests of November...
The events of the past few weeks regarding the hacking scandal at the News of the World and the closure of the paper resulted in yesterday's hearing in which Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch faced questioning from a panel of MPs about the phone hacking scandal. The British public...
“Migrants ‘take the jobs from young Britons’”, ran the headline of the Telegraph’s website on 30th June , the night before Iain Duncan Smith’s speech on jobs and immigration. The subheadline elaborates: “Mass immigration poses the biggest threat to attempts to get millions of people off benefits, Iain Duncan Smith...
Earlier this week an editorial in The Telegraph pronounced that: “The overwhelming majority of public sector workers are significantly better paid than those in the private sector – and the differential is actually increasing.” The paper was citing a report released by the conservative think tank Policy Exchange which claims findings...
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