PizzaGate: Why do we fall for fake news? (video)


In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the country’s democratic process. We’re already seeing some real-world consequences. … Continue reading

Trump watch 16: The birth of the Trump kleptocracy – part 2 (video)


“It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” Donald Trump said back in 2000 when he was contemplating a bid that he never followed through on. And while he didn’t … Continue reading

Trump watch 15: The birth of the Trump kleptocracy? (video)


It’s been just two weeks since ‘Trump Watch 14’ during which time, of course, the Trump camp have served up outrages on an almost daily basis. From filling his own family’s coffers to using Twitter to attack the media and … Continue reading

Social media is changing the face of politics – and it’s not good news (video)


Most people across the developed world still get most of their news via television – and traditional news brands, produced by journalists, still top the rankings for the most read news on the internet. But a growing number of people … Continue reading

Trump tells world “I’m my own adviser” as he retweets racist tweets (video)


Let me begin by offering you all my sincerest apologies. “Nobody’s perfect”, is a phrase you will almost never hear me say to excuse the behaviour of anyone. Not me, not my friends and certainly not Donald Trump. After nearly a … Continue reading

John Oliver explores Donald Trump’s big, dumb, crazy wall (video)


There has been wall to wall coverage of everything Donald Trump has said and done during this nominee campaign season, but the news media has spent far less time examining any of his actual policies – yes he does have … Continue reading

At last, John Oliver dissects Trump’s dangerous kind of craziness (video)


I have to admit to a certain amount of hypocrisy about Donald Trump. For months, I have complained on social media that Trump receives far too much air time (which amounts to free publicity for his disingenuous racist views and … Continue reading

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

Is race a factor in Ferguson? Not according to Twitter! (video)


August is called the silly season for a reason.  It is the time when most politicians leave for extended vacations and journalists are left with little else to report than how easily chocolate melts in the sunshine or how burnt … Continue reading

Supreme Court declares racism is dead in America…..but they forgot to tell Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy (video)


Last June, in a move heavily criticised by civil rights groups, the US Supreme Court struck down some of the key elements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were designed to protect the poor and ethnic minority voters from being disenfranchised.  As a … Continue reading

You know that they’re racist when….. they imply that being black makes you more likely to be a criminal (video)


Fox host Chris Wallace continued Fox’s misguided focus on black crime rates following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, leaving out critical historical context to black crime and the perception of black violence. Due to copyright restrictions in order to watch the clip you need to type … Continue reading

The Daily Mail’s record of misleading readers over health issues isn’t funny (video)


The Daily Mail has a rather haphazard and nonchalant approach to reporting the results of research and statistical data in general. This would be laughable if it was not potentially so dangerous. I was reminded of this gloomy fact in the early hours of this  … Continue reading

You know that they’re racist when….. they accuse YOU of “playing the race card” (video)


President Obama made a few “impromptu remarks” a week or so ago following the controversial verdict that saw black teenager Trayvon Martin‘s caucasian killer acquitted in Florida. As you can hear on the video, his comments were considered, reflective and looked to … Continue reading

Matthew Wright has a good day: corrects the Daily Mail and a few callers (audio)


Matthew Wright today handed out a little spanking to The Daily Mail and reasoned with a few viewers over the issue of child benefit for a third child if the parents are on welfare. Given one of the callers appeared to have been … Continue reading

Mick Jagger – An Apology


I suggested via Twitter on Sunday that sex, drugs and rock and roll might be ‘good’ for people and help to keep one young. It has subsequently come to my attention that Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger, OBE is a sedate sort of … Continue reading