An ethnic roundup

As promised here are the blogs that covered today’s tabloid capital letter racism:

If you have any other articles on this you want to add to the list then please add them in the comments and I’ll update this post. I believe such racism is well worth documenting as fully as possible.

Something for the weekend 13 June 2010

After two nights of football and lager I’m going to point you in the direction of stuff to read, rather than attempt to create it.

Tabloidwatch covers the latest media scare: ‘Taliban uses HIV bombs’ and wonders why it is left to people outside of the media to perform basic fact-checking? Perhaps this all goes back to Kelvin MacKenzie’s sage advice to tabloid journalists: ‘if a story sounded true it probably was true and should therefore appear in the paper‘.

Five Chinese Crackers looks at the various ‘bans’ on supporting England and the desperate, scrabbling stories being printed to support this media narrative.

Hagley road to Ladywood looks at how BP seem to be desperately relying on nationalism to avoid responsibility for their oil leak – something that the tabloid media have been crucial in helping out with, attacking Obama rather than addressing the simple fact that this is BP’s fault.

Like punk never happened has a wonderful post on ‘Cycles’, an exploration of the false expectation of thinking others should treat you better than you treat them.

Granny Rant looks at swearing and argues that in context swearing is perfectly fine, which is good news given that you can swear in public a lot more easily – I’m thinking Twitter for starters.

Electro-web has 7 tips for football fans this summer as well as a rant against a rail system that delights in ripping people off – something I can completely agree with given that whenever I travel by train it is invariably stupidly expensive, dirty and cramped.

Men In Suits writes about ITV sport being a bit pants, not just for missing England’s goal with their HD channel last night, but a litany of ghastly sports coverage.

Where is the world from here? invites us to switch off our TV sets and lists Doctor Who as being one of the programs that he ‘absolutely hates’.

And finally, from Left Outside, comes this wonderful device to ensure men don’t splash the floor in public urinals. I urge you to click the link, even though you probably have doubts about doing so.

Some Important pre-election links

It has been a very busy week for the blogosphere and Twitter, given the wealth of bullshit being printed by Tory-supporting newspapers.

One of the best round-ups of this can be found over on Tabloidwatch and makes essential reading, also pay Die Dog or Shite the Licence a visit for his take on this story. Enemies of Reason also has an important post on the matter, as well as a brilliant selection of worthwhile articles to read that almost makes this post rather pointless.

Beau Bo D’Or has created some graphics highlighting the importance of disobeying Rupert Murdoch at this election. He is not advocating voting for any particular party, but just not voting for the Murdoch-backed Conservative Party:

Disobey Murdoch

Johann Hari has been in fine form (not that he ever isn’t) with some important articles on the election: ‘The forces that have been blocking British democracy are becoming visible in this election‘; ‘If you’re looking for class war, you can find it – in David Cameron’s policies‘ and ‘The great bloody hole in the British election campaign – Afghanistan‘ – all essential reading.

Five Chinese Crackers has screen grabbed an Express headline declaring that David Cameron has already won the 2010 election.

Finally, if you’re not on Twitter I think now is the time to seriously consider joining. The amount of interesting articles I’ve read this week that I have only found from following people on Twitter has been immense. Twitter is helping to drive the truth forward, and has managed to destroy the Tory-press’ amazing smears this week within minutes of their publication. You can follow me on Twitter here.