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Old 21 Jun 21, 06:37 PM  
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Are the Media in league with the Govt ?

So far today there have been 14 arrests at an anti-lockdown march in London - and 2 policemen injured.

Yet both the BBC and SKY websites are not covering this as headline news - in fact it isnt even mentioned.

The only reporting I could find was hidden in Sky's rolling daily covid report - and even then not specifically mentioned in the "headlines" at the top.

Last months demo was also hardly mentioned by the media - are they helping the Govt by covering up public dissent ?

Instead they are both headlining how travel is going to be difficult and how the PM thinks we will have a "rough winter"

Are the public being manipulated, because it sure seems like it.
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Old 21 Jun 21, 07:35 PM  
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I doubt it. Not the way you are describing. Not disputing the behavioural aspects of SAGE, but my opinion is that was required, especially when you see comments on here !

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Old 21 Jun 21, 07:39 PM  
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I don't believe they are in league with them. However Journalists today are not Journalists as we used to know them and are more concerned with being 'in the pocket' of the Govt and therefore privy to early press releases and favoured by certain Politicians

Hence Robert Pathetic Peston and Beth and Laura et al get favoured.
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Old 21 Jun 21, 08:53 PM  
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I've mentioned this on another thread. Isn't it strange that when the media have other things to report on you'd hardly know Covid existed. But a slow news day it's Covid, Covid and more Covid.

I give you the Northern Ireland news. Not much Covid mentioned here. Apart from the daily case/death update the last article was 3 days ago.
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Old 21 Jun 21, 09:07 PM  
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I've mentioned this on another thread. Isn't it strange that when the media have other things to report on you'd hardly know Covid existed. But a slow news day it's Covid, Covid and more Covid.

I give you the Northern Ireland news. Not much Covid mentioned here. Apart from the daily case/death update the last article was 3 days ago.
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Thatís kinda how news works!
Yep. All of a sudden Covid isn't that newsworthy.
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A journalist was asked this about a previous demo and he said that basically, unless there's a really massive march or some other focus (for example, if the demo is for something that the majority are supporting, or the Government are in disarray about) and preferably both, most demos and marches go virtually unreported on. To the dismay of those protesting.
So the poll tax protests (huge and much controversy), anti-hunt-banning marches (newsworthy point: people who never protested before marching en masse, with very large numbers), the Iraq War marches (huge numbers; Government in disarray), the anti-Brexit marches (huge numbers and a subject dividing the nation) were widely reported on.
Almost all others go by without a ripple of media attention, because they don't assess them as being likely to grab attention of their readers.

I did notice that marches and demos were far more prevalent than I previously assumed when I was in central London far more often. Meeting up with some friends down Whitehall on a weekend, and it seemed that about a quarter of the time we had to avoid some march or another.
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It was on the main headline page of BBC website yesterday as it was going on
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A journalist was asked this about a previous demo and he said that basically, unless there's a really massive march or some other focus (for example, if the demo is for something that the majority are supporting, or the Government are in disarray about) and preferably both, most demos and marches go virtually unreported on. To the dismay of those protesting.
So the poll tax protests (huge and much controversy), anti-hunt-banning marches (newsworthy point: people who never protested before marching en masse, with very large numbers), the Iraq War marches (huge numbers; Government in disarray), the anti-Brexit marches (huge numbers and a subject dividing the nation) were widely reported on.
Almost all others go by without a ripple of media attention, because they don't assess them as being likely to grab attention of their readers.

I did notice that marches and demos were far more prevalent than I previously assumed when I was in central London far more often. Meeting up with some friends down Whitehall on a weekend, and it seemed that about a quarter of the time we had to avoid some march or another.
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"Apparently protests for a Free Kurdistan"
... did set up a rapid pun of mine once.
"Never felt like Miss Muffet before?"
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"Look. There are Kurds in the way.")
If this is the case, the new Protest Bill will make it near impossible to get any media coverage for causes, funny that!
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The one at the end of May, not reported as far as I saw on the news or anywhere really.



Agree though thereís always a march in London, often at great expense, and often unrelated to us. The Tamil Tigers seems a favourite.
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