One of the central themes transmitted across the establishment media from Theresa May’s speech to party conference, when they were not taken up with a distractionary dance spectacle, was that austerity is coming to an end.
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.
Corbyn, Anti-Semitism and The Media. A letter to The Guardian this week outlines severe concerns about the recent controversy surrounding Jeremy Corbyn and anti-semitism. The letter is signed by dozens of academics, which might lead some to dismiss it as the work of the much-maligned “liberal elite.”
Last week’s announcement from Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, that a 2nd phase of The Leveson Inquiry would not be pursued and that some aspects of potential press regulation would be repealed, may not be a huge surprise but it still marks a disappointing “get-out-of-jail” card for the billionaire elite propagandists who have so much power over the government.
In this Week’s Media Alert from The Media Fund: The details of a Russian ‘Troll Factory”, an increase in people paying for online news, Media Democracy Festival and our picks of the week!
Activist video collective, Reel News announced a new website. The UK-based platform presents a wide range of videos focussed on the worldwide pushback against oppression and injustice. In their launch statement, Reels News gives some very telling reasons for the move:
A round-up of the hottest takes from the best UK Indy Media. In this week’s edition of Media Alert: A Social media crises of confidence, a hard-right hero falls for a spoof, and our Picks of The Week!