Boris Johnson’s niqab comments earlier in the week scarcely merit analysis on the surface issues of clothing, security, theology or feminism (Johnson LOL).
The Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee (DCMS) looks set to add to warnings about the threat to democracy in the wake of The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ongoing revelations/ speculations about Russian misdeeds.
The Daily Beast and other this week reported on Steve Bannon’s plans to focus his culture-war efforts on Europe, especially in advance of next year’s European Parliament Elections.
The build-up to last week’s Brexit summit of ministers at Chequers featured exactly the kind of elite and commentariat behaviour which many people connect to the decision to leave the EU in the first place.
In January we covered how the BBC spent £8m attempting to improve “local democracy” reporting. These efforts will likely do little to improve actual local journalism but will manage to enrich large and un-localized corporations, such as Johnstone Press, Newsquest, and Trinity Mirror.
Paul Dacre will move on as editor of The Daily Mail this autumn after more than a quarter of a century in the role. It’s a chance to reflect on the current influence and narratives of right-wing establishment media in which he has played such a key role.
Media Fund partner, Open Democracy reported last week that The London Evening Standard has struck a £3m deal to provide positive news coverage for 6 major corporations.