Seeing patterns through news headlines

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One of the joys of the internet is being able to see patterns that were previously difficult to spot. Such as patterns in a journalist’s output simply by glancing at an archive of his/her articles.

This is particularly true if a reporter’s articles appear to show a distinct singularity of viewpoint, such that one can’t help but wonder if that reporter’s own views might be slightly obscuring his/her balance…

This occurred to me when glancing at some of James Slack’s articles for the Daily Mail over the last couple of months:
Immigrants ‘must pay extra for health care and education’
Labour hands out work permits to 1m non-EU migrants
‘We’re struggling to cope with influx of migrants’ warns police chief
Romanians living in UK carry out 1,000 crimes in six months
EU chiefs want to let in an extra 20 million immigrants from Africa and Asia
Escalating cost of Eastern Europeans living off the state hits £125m
Immigrants have taken four in ten homes since 1997
Breakout of a thousand migrants with nothing to lose
Churchill called for quotas on influx of ‘coloured people’

And that’s just since the beginning of August. One can’t help but get the impression Slack is not entirely open-minded about the impact of immigration.

Written by Martin Moore

September 24th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

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  1. Newscounter published a response from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants to a story by Mr Slack suggesting that Polish workers were taking £1bn out of the UK economy. It was strongly worded: http://newscounter.com/fullStory.jsp?id=585649

    Matthew

    24 Sep 07 at 6:21 pm

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