The mainstream media’s depiction of van life is racist, classist and sexist

Support us and go ad-free“We haven’t done this because we have no other options. We’ve done it because it’s a better way of life,” 33-year-old Ailsa Gardner told the Mirror. After paying stupid amounts of rent on penthouse apartments, Gardner and her partner now live in a converted school bus. Their alternative way of living earned itself pride of place in 20 August’s The Sun, too. The newspaper said of the couple: with their rent costs halved, they gained the freedom to spend more of their lives on the road. The mainstream media is no stranger to covering stories on van life. There’s also 34-year-old Amy Nicholson, who dipped…

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Journalist gets fired from mainstream outlet for criticizing Israel, and it’s not the first time

A journalist was recently fired from one of the largest and most well-known media organizations in the world over her criticism of Israel. We shouldn’t be surprised, though. This is hardly the first time and probably won’t be the last either given the last few years have seen multiple journalists lose their positions at mainstream media outlets following their criticism of Israel’s actions. And this highlights both these outlets’ increasing inability to cover the conflict in Palestine effectively and the need for independent media like The Canary to fill the gap in reporting that is left in the wake of that failure. Fired for tweets made while a…

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Mainstream media guide to Gaza coverage

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Mainstream media reporting on the establishment

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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The news that’s getting buried as mainstream media obsesses over Prince Philip’s death

On the evening of Friday 9 April, the BBC went wall-to-wall in its coverage of the death of Philip Windsor (aka, the duke of Edinburgh). BBC 1 and BBC 2 provided the same content for the entire evening, and all BBC 4 programmes were cancelled. Subsequently, the state broadcaster was forced to publish a complaints page on its coverage (but it has since been removed).   But with spectacles like this, it’s a good time for the government and its friends in the media to ignore other matters. For example, as reported by The Canary: There are the ongoing protests against the draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts…

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The mainstream media lied about the Bristol protests

Police with broken bones. Bricks thrown. A “mob intent on violence”. These are just some of the disinformation and lies published in the mainstream media about Bristol’s recent Kill The Bill protests. They’re narratives that are spread by both the government and its puppet police force, and published unquestioningly by the Guardian, Sky News, the BBC amongst others. The Canary takes a quick look at just some of the disinformation that has been printed. Where are your broken bones? On 21 March, after Bristol protesters’ siege of Bridewell police station, the mainstream media quoted a police statement by Will White of Avon and Somerset Police, who said: One…

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We need to grieve all women murdered by men. Not just those deemed worthy by the mainstream media.

Women across the UK continue to grieve the loss of Sarah Everard, murdered while she was walking home. Her alleged attacker is a Metropolitan police officer: a cog in a system that claims to keep women safe, but in reality does very little to protect us. While all of us know Sarah’s name, how many know the names of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman? Or of Wenjing Xu? Or Geetika Goyal and Blessing Olusegun? How many news headlines have they taken up? And why aren’t we just as outraged by their murders, also committed by men? Sadly, Sarah’s death is a stark reminder that not only do we…

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Mainstream media says there’s ‘BAME vaccine hesitancy’, but the experts tell a different story

The last few months has seen a narrative from mainstream media outlets about “BAME vaccine hesitancy”. However, a new survey from the Muslim Census adds more colour to this picture. As the vaccine rollout continues, there have been targeted campaigns that use trusted community leaders. The higher number of coronavirus (covid-19) deaths among BAME people is an extremely concerning fact. What does the data say? The Canary has already covered the severe impact of communities of colour being left out of data or ignored by researchers. BAME people aren’t fully included in data collection. That means we can’t be certain about the depth of these studies. Some studies that…

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"Decades in the Making": How Mainstream Conservatives & Right-Wing Money Fueled the Capitol Attack

As more details emerge about those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it’s becoming clearer that the insurrection was not the work of a “fringe” group, but rather the result of a decades-long conservative effort to undermine democracy, according to author Brendan O’Connor. “The events of January 6 were not just months, but years, decades, in the making,” says O’Connor, who notes that major Republican donors and prominent conservative groups were connected to the Trump rally that immediately preceded the Capitol riot. Source link

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The mainstream media shows its usual racial bias around Covid policing

You will have probably seen the recent news headlines about two women, Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, who were surrounded by Derbyshire police when going for a walk just ten minutes’ drive from their homes. The pair were told that they were breaching coronavirus lockdown rules, and were each fined £200: Derbyshire police sent seven officers to confront two women on a walk at a reservoir. Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were read their rights and fined £200 each for driving five miles from home for socially distanced exercise https://t.co/5AmXabIJG9 — The Times (@thetimes) January 8, 2021 After media outcry, an appearance by the two women on This…

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