Thursday, 4 August 2011

Bloody Telegraph

Grr. Bloody Telegraph.

Today they've run a story entitled:
Voters doubtful on David Cameron's aid policy 
Fewer than half of voters believe that the government should be giving hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to overseas countries during a time of austerity in Britain, Downing Street's own research has found.
Now this is fundamentally dishonest.

Voters were asked whether they agreed with the statement that "even as we deal with out deficit, Britain is still one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we should be proud that we’re continuing our commitment to international development.” In total 48 per cent agreed with that statement and 38 disagreed, while the remaining 14 per cent did not know.

So, if you do the normal thing and exclude the don't knows, you find that the great British public back  the government's policy on protecting overseas aid spending by a margin of 56% to 44%. Now that's a comfortable majority of voters agreeing with David Cameron (and the Lib Dems who've prevented the tory right from scrapping that promise).

Which of course means that the Daily Telegraph headline is a load of utter cow dung - they are deliberately misrepresenting the facts in order to prop up support for their own editorial narrative. The Telegraph likes to represent itself as a "quality" broadsheet but as far as I can tell it's nothing more than the same type of stuff as written in the Daily Mail only with better presentation and designed to appeal to city types.

This kind of thing makes my blood boil. Journalists and newspapers should spend their time finding out facts and informing the public instead of making up a narrative and then twist the facts to support it.

So, in conclusion: Dear headline writers at the Daily Telegraph, Kindly go die in a hole. Thank you.

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