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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.

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September 24th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

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The policization of immigration 'news'

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There are few better indicators of the increasing political polarisation of the press than their coverage of immigration. Read the Guardian and you’ll come away thinking immigration is levelling off, read the Telegraph and you’ll be convinced it’s escalating dangerously.
Under the headline ‘Migration from new EU states past peak’, Alan Travis reports in the Guardian that ‘Only 8,000 Romanian and Bulgarian migrants came to work in Britain in the first three months of this year’ and that this appears to ‘explode tabloid claims that 300,000 would flood in’. The 300,000 figure came from MigrationWatch and is contrasted with the much lower figure of 56,000 (from IPPR) – which Travis reckons will be proved much more accurate.
Now turn to the Telegraph and Philip Johnston who clocks up three articles on the same page, two about migration and one pointing to more mess-ups at the Home Office. Johnston concentrates on the record breaking 1 million new British citizens in 2006 and quotes MigrationWatch’s Sir Andrew Green’s sinister warnings that ‘we will pay a high price in terms of social harmony’.
The Independent has long since argued for the positive aspects of immigration in its news and comment, and the Mail has argued the opposite.
But the most bitter and bile-filled headline must go to the Daily Express which splashes its front page with ’92,000 East Europeans Milk Our Benefits’.
If you want ‘news’ about immigration, don’t open a newspaper.

Written by Martin Moore

May 23rd, 2007 at 7:08 pm

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