Posted by: docdenbow | April 28, 2013

I Hate The Daily Mail & The Measles Epidemic


I live in South Wales, Swansea to be precise, and as you know there is currently an epidemic of measles in the city. There has been a huge number of people infected and special clinics are opening to inoculate anyone who is at risk; i.e. those who were never vaccinated in the first place or the very young. So why Swansea? Well, every year some child somewhere in the UK will catch measles, less so these days thanks to the MMR jab, but in Swansea the numbers of those affected is truly staggering and very worrying.

Many parents did not take advantage of the MMR jabs that were available for their children. The MMR vaccine controversy centered around the 1998 publication of a fraudulent research paper in the medical journal The Lancet that lent support to the subsequently discredited theory that colitis and autism spectrum disorders could be caused by the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The media has been heavily criticised for its naive reporting and for lending undue credibility to the architect of the fraud, Andrew Wakefield.

The Guardian has asserted that the way that the South Wales Evening Post reported this issue influenced the residents of the city and states :

The Guardian

“Take-up for the MMR vaccine dropped by 14% in south Wales in the late 1990s after research, subsequently discredited, raised health concerns over the jab and prompted a campaign against it by the South Wales Evening Post.”

Naturally the South Wales Evening Post has leapt to its’ own defence pointing out that the “campaign” was overseen by an earlier editorial team and in fairness the current editorial urges the need for vaccinations.

South Wales Evening Post

However, regardless of this public health catastrophe and its’ attendant tragedy there is another factor that raises its’ head like the proverbial *Elephant In The Room.* That being the power of the press. I know for a fact that many, many residents of Swansea read the South Wales Evening Post. I also know that many people read only the South Wales Evening Post. The trust placed in this newspaper is implicit and it has been on the news-stands in Swansea and the area since the 1930’s. It is highly respected as the source of local news and the news that affects its’ readership. Whilst I personally find it somewhat parochial and even quaint I have to state firmly that it *does what it says on the tin.* The trouble is that there is a section of society in the Swansea area that use the Post as their only source of news. In fact it kind of reminds me of *The League Of Gentlemen” *local news for local people* if you get the idea. And my friends that’s where the problem lies. Now this isn’t a hatchet attack on Swansea, the Post or the people of South Wales, but it is a hatchet job on the press and how there is an agenda lurking behind every headline and every story. On that level the Post is a fine newspaper at present as like Dragnet’s Joe Friday all it wants is “Just the facts, ma’am” and it reports those facts well.

On the other hand I have huge issues with the national press. I use the internet and newspapers’ websites as my main source of news and once I get beyond The Guardian and The Independent (I won’t pay the fee to the Dirty Digger for The Times) I seem to be entering into some kind of make believe world where everything that isn’t White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, (Catholic at a pinch) and English (at a pinch Welsh, Scottish, Irish if they’re winning sporting trophies) is viewed with a damning contempt and suspicion. The Daily Mail, for example has all the attributes of a pair of fetid dingo’s kidneys. The articles are jingoistic to the max, never balanced, take one point of view and hammer it to bits until you are beaten into submission. Its’ images of women are usually accompanied by some inappropriate adjective which will usually serve only to pile more and more pressure onto impressionable young women.

Then we get dog crap like the tale about Bob Geldof’s daughter becoming a disciple of Aleister Crowley. He’s dead by the way. Very dead. The Daily Mail also mentions Peaches’ penchant for heroin and casual sex whilst she lived in America. It also describes her as “shallow.” Horrible things to write or say, but really and truly who cares? Apparently some American rapper Jay-Z is a Freemason according to The Daily Mail and another potential Crowley fan. The Daily Mail reckons that because of the images in his music videos that some conspiracy theorists have seized on this as evidence that he is a member of a secret Masonic movement which they believe permeates the highest levels of business and government – and newspapers perchance? I know Jay-Z for President!!

The national tabloids in general, not just The Daily Mail scare the living crap out of me. The stories covered which centre around the weight of some minor *celebrity* or the size of actresses t*ts are wedged into a national newspaper in between biased political commentary and myopic news coverage which brands everyone a hero or villain. Whatever happened to clear impartial reporting? Was there ever any or am I just a naive idealist? The tabloids employ heavyweight columnists like Mr Frankie Boyle The Sun and, oh yes, The Daily Mail employs Mr Richard Littlejohn neither of whom I would call rounded individuals. I believe both to have, shall we say, issues.

Okay, this isn’t very well written, bashed out as it has been in next to no time but take it as it is. The sentiments are there even if the style and everything else isn’t.

Gonna watch TV now…..So….

Ciao For Now

Denbow

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