When you read the Sun, Daily Mail and the Express over a long-enough period of time, you start to notice a few things.
One thing that crops up regularly are hysterical ranting posts over a few small topics, including the following:
- It’s Political Correctness/‘Elf-and-Safety gawn maaaddd!!!;
- Scandal as the NHS refuses treatment!!!!!/New miracle cure for [insert scary medical condition here] – this is a particular favourite of the Mail which appears to be on a quest to categorise everything into either causing or curing cancer;
- Eurocrats are trying to control our way of life!!!!;
- Immigrants taking over and guess who’s paying?!!!!
We’ve noticed that a lot of these scare stories could be stopped by a little research, which we accept that pressed-for-time tabloid journalists, for whatever reason, are unable to do.
Therefore, in the spirit of co-operation, we’ve decided to help them out by listing great sources of information, thereby saving them valuable time:
- Health and Safety Executive – “Myth of the Month” – a useful site for any claims which are made about bizarre actions taken or prevented in the name of preventing accident;
- NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines – a very good site for any “miracle cure” stories;
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence – evidence-based guidelines on various health topics, which go a long way to help the NHS what medicines and treatments should and shouldn’t be funded by the taxpayer;
- News from the European Commission in the UK – news on how the Eurocrats aren’t necessarily trying to dictate how we live;
There are also a variety of websites which can be used for any “Bloody Foreigners! Coming over ‘ere! Takin’ our jobs! Takin’ our wimmin!” stories*:
- The Refugee Council – The Truth About Asylum;
- National Assembly Against Racism – Mythbusting Guide (PDF); and also
- Mediawise’s guide to the use of correct terminology.
There are also more general fact-checking sites**:
Of course, any and all of these lists could also be used by anyone else who wants to know more about the articles which the Sun, Daily Mail and/or the Express publish.
If anyone has any other suggestions as what other sources our tabloid journalists could use, just leave them in the comments.