Patrolling the murkier waters of the mainstream media


Don’t feed the trolls
By Steven Baxter - 05 March 7:59

Surely we should be able to disagree without being aggressive?

Jacqui Smith, watching filth so we don’t have to
By Steven Baxter - 04 March 14:30

So what did we learn from the Porn Again documentary?

Fox News UK? It could still happen
By Steven Baxter - 03 March 17:07

Get ready for a dizzying series of cross-platform bundles from Rupert Murdoch.

Is it the end of the bad old days for the Daily Express and Daily Star?
By Steven Baxter - 01 March 11:16

With increasing cross-promotion within his group, Richard Desmond can no longer pander solely to Little Englanders.

Press releases erode newspapers’ credibility
By Steven Baxter - 25 February 16:08

Today’s news has been brought to you by the letters C and V.

No to AV’s new campaign is beyond parody
By Steven Baxter - 22 February 16:04

“Do what we say, or the baby gets it.”

The incestuous vortex of cross-promotion
By Steven Baxter - 17 February 13:00

OK! TV is the latest addition to the bewildering circle-jerk that is Richard Desmond’s media empire.

Keys and Gray hit the airwaves
By Steven Baxter - 14 February 17:20

The former Sky duo, sacked after making sexist remarks, have made their debut on TalkSport. But did

Daily Star’s tacit support for EDL is no surprise
By Steven Baxter - 10 February 15:51

It could be a good thing – at least we now know where they stand.

Don’t click on the Daily Mail!
By Steven Baxter - 08 February 11:21

How many visitors to the <em>Daily Mail</em>’s website are angry liberals, peeping at the horrors be

Maybe we are a bunch of Little Britons
By Steven Baxter - 04 February 12:47

Have the tabloids made us less tolerant of immigration, or are they simply reflecting their readers’

Jeremy Paxman: lovable grump or cantankerous luddite?
By Steven Baxter - 03 February 10:33

The <em>Newsnight</em> host can’t hold his tongue – and we love him for it.

The happening place
By Steven Baxter - 01 February 9:50

“I’m standing here, outside a building, where something is going on. Or not.”

How to argue on the internet
By Steven Baxter - 28 January 17:10

The foolproof guide to avoiding intelligent discussion online.

The Sky Sports sexism row is a watershed moment
By Steven Baxter - 27 January 11:36

The departure of Andy Gray and Richard Keys might mark the point where casual sexism became unaccept

Time to call foul on this childish locker-room talk
By Steven Baxter - 24 January 12:26

Sky Sports’ Richard Keys and Andy Gray rightly vilified.

Media vultures are homing in on private lives – but at what cost?
By Steven Baxter - 21 January 11:50

Coverage of the most recent developments in the Joanna Yeates case prompts the question: will the me

In defence of healthy mistrust
By Steven Baxter - 20 January 16:51

Does panic over a non-existent shooting in Oxford Street mean we can’t trust Twitter to tell us the

What they say and what they mean
By Steven Baxter - 20 December 11:01

A little guide to what some people (on the internet and elsewhere) say and what they actually meant.

The contempt for democracy
By Steven Baxter - 10 December 11:50

Think about this while you read press coverage of the student protests.