Monday, 16 May 2011

Newspapers don't always tell the truth

Is it not about time the papers were forced to make clearer apologies for telling lies?
Listening to BBC This Weeks discussion on law suits and super injunctions it seems amazing that newspapers get away with so much. For example on the eve of the 1992 election, Neil Kinnock had to spend his evening trying to stop a story on him using private healthcare, when he never did. This story was stopped, but if it was published you could imagine Labour unfairly performing even worse at the polls, even thought the story was untrue.
Many people believe what they read on the day, and when papers print an apology it's normally so small and deep within the paper that you won't see it is often less relevant.
So is it not about time newspapers had to print apologies in the same place as their original story and in the same size font!


  1. Last year Have I Got News For You revealed that the News of the World had published a tiny, well-buried apology to John Terry because they couldn't substantiate their claims of his affair with Wayne Bridge's ex. How many people know that, I wonder?