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Pressed for an answer: Friday's Scottish referendum front pages
By Media Mole - 19 September 0:22

Here are the newspaper's front pages.

Mmm, delicious. Photo: Getty Images
Google flips the hamster at Rupert Murdoch over charges of "inappropriate" behaviour
By Media Mole - 18 September 18:18

News Corp's chief executive wrote to the EU's competition commissioner to complain about Google's power over online media - and the Silicon Valley company was all to happy to illustrate the irony.

The Dorking flag on the front of the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser today, featuring a Dorking chicken. Image: Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
Scotland, Wales, Cornwall... Dorking? Independence fever spreads across the UK
By Media Mole - 18 September 13:06

It's not quite Passport to Pimlico, but the front page of the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser today proposes the residents of the Surrey commuter get enthusiastic about the possibility of independence.

Sky’s Kay Burley calls a Scottish Yes supporter “a bit of a knob” live on air
By Media Mole - 17 September 17:09

If you work in TV or radio, never, ever say anything bad near a microphone – you never know when it might still be turned on. 

“Your absurd, ignorant dictat on fish”: a very Guardian spat over Scotland
By Media Mole - 17 September 9:29

The Guardian’s environment columnist and the Observer’s food critic clash over the Scottish independence debate. And it turns into a fish fight.

The Ecuadorian embassy in London, the current residence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Getty Images
Wikileaks wades into #GamerGate, says Nato as corrupt as video games journalism
By Media Mole - 16 September 13:15

Just when it seemed the worst "scandal" in media couldn't get any more conspiracy theoryish, Julian Assange appears.

Ian McColl, director of the Game and Conservation Trust (R) and gamekeeper Alastair Lyon watch for grouse on the Railia and Milton Estate on Drumochter moor, on August 8, 2008 near Dalwhinnie in Scotland. Photo: Getty Images
Six things we learned about Scottish aristocrats from Tatler’s anti-independence feature
By Media Mole - 11 September 17:49

Tatler’s features editor gathers together the anti-independence fears of Scotland’s absurdly wealthy and privileged aristocrats.

A British soldier reads a newspaper at a base in the southern city of Barsa, 500 kms from Baghdad 26 May 2005. Photo: Getty Images
Soldiers now need permission from press officers to speak to journalists - even if they're related
By Media Mole - 11 September 13:05

Heading to Sunday dinner with the familer? You'd better tell a forces press officer first if your cousin works for the local paper.

The end of Page 3? Rupert Murdoch asks: "Are young women sexier in clothes?"
By Media Mole - 10 September 10:04

A sexist end to a sexist institution?

"WILL YOU SHUT UP": listen to a Ukip candidate lose it on-air
By Media Mole - 05 September 12:41

Ukip's Elizabeth Jones loses her cool on the radio, screaming to be heard.

#notallslaveowners: the Economist complains that a book on slavery makes white people look bad
By Media Mole - 05 September 9:38

A book review in the Economist has called a book on slavery biased for painting white people as the villains.

Alex Salmond labelled a "bully" as he offers a junior reporter some sweets
By Media Mole - 04 September 9:24

The Telegraph reveals Scotland's First Minister's literal sweet revenge on a young reporter asking difficult questions about an independent Scotland's future currency.

The Daily Mail informs its readers that iCloud isn't actually a cloud
By Media Mole - 03 September 9:08

Mail readers may at last stop shaking their fists at the sky.

Caroline Criado-Perez (far right) and MP Stella Creasy (centre right) with governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney (centre left) and MP Mary Mcleod (far left) at the announcement of Jane Austen as the face of the £10 note. Photo: Getty Images
Online troll Peter Nunn found guilty of tweeting abuse at MP Stella Creasy
By Media Mole - 02 September 16:58

The 33-year-old tweeted messages calling the MP for Walthamstow a "witch", and threatening her with rape.

Clash of the Times titans: Matthew Parris vs Tim Montgomerie
By Media Mole - 02 September 10:11

Two of the Times' most prominent political commentators are taking chunks out of each other on the paper's pages.

Watch: Better Together's patronising advert, "The woman who made up her mind"
By Media Mole - 27 August 13:18

Crayons, engagement-ringed handwringing and a mid-morning epiphany: the Better Together campaign's video to persuade female voters is a little contrived...

Labour MP Austin Mitchell: more women in parliament could be a “worrying matter”
By Media Mole - 19 August 12:23

In an odd tirade in the Mail, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby warned that the increasing number of women in the Labour party could weaken parliament.

Theodor Herzl in Basel, 1897. Image: The Bettman Archive via Wikimedia Commons
Louise Mensch accidentally calls the father of modern Zionism an anti-Semite
By Media Mole - 18 August 18:01

Yet another type-first-think-later gaffe from the former MP for Corby.

Julian Assange speaks from the Ecuadorian Embassy on December 20, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
A short history of Julian Assange's most pointless media moments
By Media Mole - 18 August 13:57

The Wikileaks founder does a great line in non-news announcements. Let's look back on them with boredom following today's press conference, where he said he may leave the Ecuadorian embassy "soon". 

Watch: a US pastor telling Vicky Beeching he “cured” his sister of being gay
By Media Mole - 15 August 10:32

The Christian rock star Vicky Beeching, who came out as a lesbian yesterday, handles a “gay cure”-espousing US pastor well in her first TV interview since coming out.

“Is Your Landlord Actually Incredible?”: should the government be allowed on BuzzFeed?
By Media Mole - 15 August 10:08

The Department for Communities and Local Government has attempted a BuzzFeed listicle. Prepare to cringe.

Watch: spider bombs BBC Scotland news
By Media Mole - 15 August 7:50

An apparently huge spider scuttled across the camera to catch its prey.

The Ireland team line-up ahead of the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup match against Kazakhstan on August 9, 2014 in Paris, France. Photo: Getty Images
“The most action I've got in weeks”: play cliché bingo with the Irish Indy on women's rugby
By Media Mole - 11 August 17:09

Advice to reporters: when sent to explain why the stereotypes about something are wrong, it’s best not to do your best to reinforce those stereotypes. 

Always has to be difficult, does our Will. Photo: Getty Images
Will Self to young people: "You should be patronised, you're teenagers"
By Media Mole - 11 August 14:11

Our columnist has little regard for the inexperienced and uninformed.

Boxing world’s support for Kellie Maloney – formerly Frank – shows how far we've come
By Media Mole - 11 August 12:41

Sports stars have offered their support to Kellie Maloney, who guided Lennox Lewis to the heavyweight title in 1993 when she was known as Frank.