A few thoughts after reading this article at the Guardian: "Bigotry behind Express 'ethnics' splash"
Let's put it this way, the Express [ Richard Desmond's Express Group (Daily Star)] is not the only UK newspaper or UK media group promoting, reinforcing and using xenophobia as a marketing tool; nor the only media group that uses the "Imperial Britishness" preconceptions imprinted at the core of Great Albion's People collective subconscious memory, and other less "subliminal tactics" to manipulate the viewers, readers and population with the abhorrent acquiescence of OFCOM, of the PCC and of the House of Commons Committee responsible for the matters of culture and media.
The UK media, in general, makes a mockery of what Journalism means, of its social purpose and of its deontological code; by systematically using unethical, biased and bigoted methods, and frequently by conniving with politicians in order to influence internal and foreign agendas. Sometimes to the point of 'aiding and abetting' criminal actions committed by British nationals abroad either by endorsing the publication of forged PR spoon fed news and spins, or by allowing with a vicious intent the character assassination of non-British nationals or by sanctioning the slanderous defamation of other countries juridical and justice systems.
We can observe daily examples of non-journalism, or in other words, churnalism, happening in Murdoch's News Corporation media outlets, on the biased Sky News or at the Scum, pardon, the Sun tabloid, even in News Corp's owned Times; similarly on the BBC, in the Daily Mail, on the Daily Mirror, on ITN, on Channel4, News of World, People Magazine, Telegraph, etc, etc.
The UK media [except in very few cases where independent chief-editors and journalists really do journalistic research and cross-check their sources] does sensationalistic infotainment for the masses, repeating ad nauseum press releases and wired stories without any accuracy or quality. Stories that are often bylined by mediocre hacks.
Unfortunately, this rampant style of journalists that churns out propaganda and rewrites press releases is becoming a global plague that affects the trust of the citizens in the mainstream media.
In Portugal I could point out some former and actual newspaper editors, journalists, hacks that have similar vested interests and use the same deceitful strategies as their British homologues do.
They should all hang their heads in shame.
Watch & Learn
For journalists, the defining value is honesty - the attempt to tell the truth.
That is our primary purpose.
Nick Davies, author of Flat Earth News
Nick Davies, journalist and controversial author of 'Flat Earth News' is joined by a panel of media and PR professionals to discuss the falling standards of the media and the role of PR in exploiting weaknesses in the editorial process. via LEWIS PR* parts 2,3,5,7,8 of 9
* The PR company that hired Clarence Mitchell, the McCann couple media spinner recently.
Kerry O'Brien speaks with investigative journalist and author Nick Davies about his new book, Flat Earth News. Davies argues that journalistic standards are declining the world over as cost cutting and government pressures take toll on the industry.
Rupert Murdoch , News Corporation CEO via ForaTV [Extract]
Fox Bias in action
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism by producer/director Robert Greenwald
An edition of Radio 4's 'Analysis' programme on Responsible Journalism, presented by Kevin Marsh (BBC College of Journalism) via MediaStandardsTrust
Washington Post: Wasted interviews
Rallying cries to improve transparency, accuracy and accountability in journalism
Should newspapers publish full interview transcripts online?
‘A real free press for the first time in history’: Wikileaks editor speaks out in London