The Telegraph’s Brexit poll is bogus, but broadcasters seem not to have noticed

31 August 2019 — Open Democracy

An Opinion Piece by Steven Barnett

Boris brexit poll

Opinion polls exude an aura of scientific truth. Those numbers and percentages are so reassuringly solid, especially when generated by one of the well-known names of the polling world, that for many people they represent hard evidence of the state of British public opinion.

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Media Lens: Corbyn’s Millions – Blair’s Millions

20 April 2016 — Media Lens

While ‘social media’ like Facebook and Twitter are forms of corporate media, it is unarguable that they and other web-based outlets have helped empower a serious challenge to traditional print and broadcast journalism. For the first time in history, uncompromised non-corporate voices are able to instantly challenge the filtered ‘mainstream’ version of events. This certainly helps explain the rise of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Podemos in Spain, and now Bernie Sanders in the US.

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Media Lens: ‘Corrosive, Shallow, Herd-Like And Gross’ – Peter Oborne And The Corporate Media

25 February 2015 — Media Lens

Last week, Peter Oborne resigned as chief political commentator at the Telegraph, writing:

‘The Telegraph’s recent coverage of HSBC amounts to a form of fraud on its readers.’

And yet Oborne is no radical. He describes how, five years ago, he was invited to join the newspaper:

‘It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage.’

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How a London Court Repudiated Zionist Abuse of the Anti-Semitism Charge By Mike Marqusee

3 June 2013

Taunting and tainting opponents with the charge of anti-semitism is a long-standing Zionist ploy, familiar to everyone involved in the Israel-Palestine issue. As their support weakens in the face of evidence-based argument, Israel’s advocates have stepped up their use of the accusation as a means to close down debate, particularly on proposals for boycott, divestment and sanctions.

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NEW ASBO LAWS POSE GRAVE THREAT TO PUBLIC FREEDOM

30 June 2013 — Banned in London

The Manifesto Club’s Banned in London map showed the worrying extent of public space regulation, with hundreds of banned zones within which ordinary rights are suspended.

The new anti-social behaviour legislation announced in the Queen’s speech makes all this look very mild. Every draconian power has been replaced with something far worse.

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Hold the front page! We need free media, not an Order of Mates By John Pilger

9 May 2013 — John Pilger

The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on to the set of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page. Men in red braces did shout, “Hold the front page”, and tilt back their felt hats and talk rapidly with a roll-your-own attached indefinitely to their lower lip. You could feel the presses rumbling beneath and smell the ink. 

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Democracy, Terrorism and the Secret State By Makinde Adeyinka

7 January, 2013 — Global Research

“You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, unknown people far from any political game. The reason was quite simple – to force the people to turn to the state for greater security.” – Vincenzo Vinciguerra

The nature, necessity and scope of the miscellany of powers exercised by the state over the nation is in one sense arguably as contentious in the contemporary circumstances of the Western world as it was in the distant pre-democratic medieval past.

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The Syria Endgame: Strategic Stage in the Pentagon’s Covert War on Iran By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

7 January, 2013 — Global Research

Since the kindling of the conflict inside Syria in 2011, it was recognized, by friend and foe alike, that the events in that country were tied to a game plan that ultimately targets Iran, Syria’s number one ally. [1] De-linking Syria from Iran and unhinging the Resistance Bloc that Damascus and Tehran have formed has been one of the objectives of the foreign-supported anti-government militias inside Syria. Such a schism between Damascus and Tehran would change the Middle East’s strategic balance in favour of the US and Israel.

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IDF wipes out Palestinian family in Gaza: claims ‘technical error’

19 November, 2012RT

<img src="http://rt.com/files/news/gaza-family-idf-mistake-017/strike-18-gaza-home.n.jpg&quot; alt="Palestinian men gather around a crater caused by an Israeli air strike on the al-Dallu family's home in Gaza City on November 18, 2012. (AFP Photo / Marco Longari)” width=”222″ height=”166″ /> Palestinian men gather around a crater caused by an Israeli air strike on the al-Dallu family’s home in Gaza City on November 18, 2012. (AFP Photo / Marco Longari)

The Israeli Defense Force has confirmed that while targeting Hamas’ rocket chief it mistakenly bombed the home of the Al-Dalou family, killing at least 11 civilians, four of them children and toddlers. “Israel has killed a family of eleven people this evening, and many, many more. If Israel wants to stop its aggression, then we can talk. But before then, how could we consider any deal?Salama Maroof, a senior Hamas spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

IDF said the source of the error was either a failure to laser-paint the correct target or that one of the munitions in the strike misfired, Haaretz newspaper reported. The Israeli military is investigating the incident. Continue reading

London: Media and War Conference with John Pilger on Saturday 17 November 2012

14 November 2012

John PilgerPeter Oborne (Daily Telegraph), Michelle Stanistreet (NUJ General Secretary), and Seumas Milne (The Guardian) are among the many keynote speakers at the important conference this Saturday: Media and War – Challenging the Consensus.

Topics include: 

  • Serving the military or the public? Media coverage of the war on terror
  • The media and the anti-war movement: how do we change the agenda?
  • Islamophobia, terrorism and war
  • Humanitarian Intervention: reframing the war on terror

Full conference details are here: http://bit.ly/OVxrBO

Entrance is £5. Free for students with ID. If you want to attend, reserving your place by email of telephone is highly advisable, as interest is very high.  Telephone 0207 561 9311 email office@stopwar.org.uk