I Read it in the Daily Mail

Daily-MailMy heart skipped a beat when I spotted this front page headline from yesterday’s Daily Mail. At last, I thought, the Mail has owned up that most of the stuff in its Good Health supplement is a load of scaremongering rubbish. Then my hopes were dashed by the secondary which explains that it’s actually health supplements that are a con, but then they can give you cancer you know.

Of course the Mail is very keen on health (it starts most of them) especially cancer which must be a sure fire newspaper seller. There’s a long list of the everyday things that the Mail says can prove terminal over at the Anorak, everything from afternoons to Worcester sauce.

The very worst example has to be the panic they caused over the MMR vaccination, something they’ve never apologised for even though they were happy enough to run stories about the misery this later caused the kids who didn’t get the jab and ended up as part of a measles outbreak.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Daily Mail, there’s a usefully biased critique on RationalWiki. Better still, here are Dan and Dan on the subject. I’ve included it before, but I love it so much!

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 23rd August 2013

    As Joe Jackson once sang, “Everything gives you cancer.”

  • Twice Daily Pudding 24th August 2013

    The most insidious thing about “The Daily Mail” is that it purports to be an intelligent newspaper – appealing to Middle England. At least “The Sun” knows that it is all bollix – just an adult comic with a reading age of around six.

  • Trevor Rowley 26th August 2013

    There used to be a dreadful amount of snobbery around newspapers; perhaps not so obvious now as we have changing habits of how we receive our news and views etc. No snobbery on here though, eh Messrs Parrot and Pudding? The research suggests that we only read what we know will reinforce our own views and attitudes – it’s a reinforcement for our insecurities.

    • Mr Parrot 26th August 2013

      Quite right Trevor – newspapers hold a mirror up to its readers. Being a contrary soul, I’ve always preferred to read the papers I naturally disagree with. Perhaps I prefer to be apoplectic rather than having my opinions stroked!

  • Trevor Rowley 27th August 2013

    So, to be a contrary Mary, you’ve actually taken out a year’s subscription to the Daily Mail, Mr P? Happy reading.

    • Mr Parrot 27th August 2013

      I never subscribe to the views of the Daily Mail!


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