Category: Media Blunders or Brilliance

Forty years after Israel’s bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, there is still no Arab state with an atomic bomb. Does this prove the raid was justified?

7 June 2021 By Paul Martin

A sign on the desert road south of Baghdad, curiously in English not Arabic, pointed to what it described as an “Engineering Factory”. It was the only hint that there was something unusual to be found just off the beaten track. Until days before, this “Engineering factory” had been nothing less than Saddam Hussein’s project […]

A former British national newspaper editor admits he secretly backed violence by the Irish Republican Army. Did this influence his objectivity?

3 March 2021 By Paul Martin

The revelation from former Daily Mirror editor Roy Greenslade that he “supported the right of the Irish people to engage in armed struggle” via the IRA throughout the 1970s and 1980s has prompted a furious response from many in the industry, reports the Press Gazette. From 1992 until 2020, Greenslade had also been the media […]

Pictures from Mars to Earth are clear. Pictures from Britain to Britain far less so.

25 February 2021 By Paul Martin

The world has just seen astonishingly-detailed clear pictures from the surface of Mars, courtesy of an American rover called Perseverance [affectionately abbreviated to Percy]. However when BBC Newsnight proudly showed them [on February 24 2021], as a marvel of human achievement, it also linked up with a scientist in Britain. Except the picture of him […]

Do you need to be ruthless or a ‘nutter’ to become British prime minister? No, says Britain’s leader of the Opposition.

22 February 2021 By Paul Martin

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hit back at critics who say he lacks the hard-man qualities needed to become Britain’s prime minister.   He also attacked politicians and journalists, who he says have already been proved wrong about him. Speaking by zoom to a group situated inside his parliamentary constituency, Sir Keir said voters don’t want […]

An interview with British Prime Minister John Major after a very Soviet attempted-coup. How my own coup went awry.

12 February 2021 By Paul Martin

For a journalist and foreign correspondent, being in the right place at the right time is sometimes lucky, sometimes an instinct.  I had just failed in both.  Only days before I had been in Russia, making a film about Boris Yeltsin, the recently elected leader of the Russian Federation, which was the major part of […]

Correspondent.World’s Media Excellence Award, for January 2021: Egypt’s overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak ten years ago… by the Telegraph’s Colin Freeman.

11 February 2021 By Paul Martin

Ten years on from Egypt’s Arab Spring – what has become of the Tahrir Square revolutionaries?  Protests in Cairo in 2011 sparked the downfall of dictator Hosni Mubarak. But did it really change anything? By Colin Freeman24 January 2021 A woman waves an Egyptian national flag from a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square, Cairo on Feb […]

Did a jailed terrorist beg to come home? Newspapers rush to the wrong — though headline-grabbing — conclusion.

18 January 2021 By Paul Martin

‘It’s the Sun wot won it.’ That was a famous headline when the Conservatives unexpectedly won a British general election. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, that popular tabloid newspaper could very well rewrite its deliberately ungrammatical headline and declare: ‘It’s the Sun wot faked it.’ Let’s start by quoting the offending […]