The Beeb, the bias and the bashing (The Conversation)


By: Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex My entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general … Continue reading

What does sex education in American schools look like? (John Oliver) (video)


If you thought that sex education in the UK was bad then, in the words of conservative Christian America’s greatest hero, Ronald Reagan, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”. Reagan’s ultra-conservative policy exacerbated the teenage pregnancy problem and led to an … Continue reading

Is Greville Janner faking dementia to avoid child rape prosecution? (audio)


Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, knew that her decision not to prosecute Greville Janner on multiple counts of child rape would be controversial, but even she must have been surprised at the tsunami of outrage that followed her 16 April … Continue reading

Jon Stewart’s moments of Zen from his final farewell to the Daily Show (video)


“The eulogies have been delivered, the set disassembled and the echo of Jon Stewart’s parting “bullshit-is-everywhere” monologue is fading. What now? After 16 years as America’s leading comedy/political TV satirist, Stewart leaves no clear successor even as America enters a … Continue reading

Jon Stewart to Fox News: Your hypocrisy isn’t a bug in the Fox model, it’s the feature! (video)


Jon Stewart has a long-standing feud with Fox News, and the host of The Daily Show made sure to use his last week to go out in style.  The comic and media critic was lambasted by Fox after it was … Continue reading

Donald Trump attacks GOP presidential candidates for suckling at the Koch brothers’ money teat (video)


“For nearly all of Jon Stewart’s opening segment on his final Monday night Daily Show it seemed as if Donald Trump would be left entirely unmentioned. That’s because this time the target of the host’s scorn was this past weekend’s … Continue reading

Christian conservative parents and the virulent question of sex education in school (video)


Given the confusion surrounding the value of providing a fully rounded sex education to children and the embarrassment that many adults feel about even discussing the subject with each other, let alone a group of giggling teenagers, it is hardly … Continue reading