I was listening to Allan Beswick on GMR on my way to work this morning and he had a wonderful rant at the Daily Mail. He said that he was shocked by the front page headline about Frank Bruno (see yesterday’s posts).
It read, “Divorce, dope and despair — three body blows that felled a very British hero.” It wasn’t “divorce” that amazed Allan, nor “dope.” Nor “despair,” not even “very.” It was the “British hero” bit that stunned him. Read more ›››
So read the headline in the first edition of the Sun newspaper (sic) following the news that the former boxer Frank Bruno has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act which gives you some idea of the reporting standards of some sections of the media here.
I suppose to be fair, someone spotted the tastelessness of it very quickly and the headline became ‘Sad Bruno in Mental Home’ but even that hardly shows any great understanding or sensitivity. In fact ‘mental home’ only reinforces the prejudice that exists when it comes to mental illness. Read more ›››