Posts Tagged ‘Dodgy Reporting’

‘Fat Gene’ is not an excuse

April 13th, 2007 No comments

ObeseApparently, researchers have identified a ‘fat gene’ which, if you have it, makes you prone to carrying more weight.

As soon as this research comes out, breakfast TV drags up a host of clearly morbidly obese people, with statements like “I always knew there was something stopping me losing weight”.

Errr… hang on a minute. The research states that this particular gene is responsible for carrying an extra 6 and a half pounds, not six and a half stone!

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Snow? What Snow?

February 8th, 2007 No comments

Well surprise surprise, London and the home counties are affected by snow, so that means it’s national headline news.

I woke this morning to a clear (but cold morning). I didn’t even have to clear the windows on the car, but according to BBC Breakfast, it’s the end of the world. They’re even talking about snowfall in centimetres. Is this to make it sound more than it really is? 5cm sounds more impressive than a measly 2 inches. The rest of Europe must be laughing at the pathetic Brits.

If the tables were turned and the North of England and Scotland were covered in snow, then it would hardly get a mention. The Scots must be even more annoyed at this southern centric reporting.

The sooner the BBC move up to Manchester, the sooner we can start to reverse this southern bias in reporting.

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Using a Microwave Oven to sterilise your dishcloth

January 24th, 2007 No comments

MicrowaveThe BBC is carrying a story that scientists have “discovered a new weapon against the germs which cause food poisoning – the microwave oven.”

Forgive me, but they haven’t ‘discovered’ anything. This is an old trick. Basically the water in the wet cloth or sponge gets heated to boiling point, and in doing so sterilises the cloth.

They may have done some research into how effective it is, but it is not a ‘discovery’ by a long shot.

UPDATE: The Fire Brigade is now warning against doing this, because some pillocks decided to try it without wetting the cloth! Some people should not be allowed to breed.

BBC apologises for not using a swear word

November 24th, 2006 No comments

BBC BreakfastI saw BBC Breakfast this morning including the interview with David Cameron about his new campaign to tackle personal debt. Part of the campaign excerpt they played had words bleeped out. (unbleeped version here)

They then went on to question David Cameron about the use of this word (without actually saying what it was). I assumed it was some sort of offensive word. However, I’ve just read the BBC Breakfast Editor’s blog only to discover that the offending word was none other than ‘tosser’.

Talking about making a mountain out of a molehill. I wonder who the real tossers are.

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Lazy? Exactly How lazy?

September 5th, 2006 No comments

According to the BBC, a report commissioned by Tesco has shown UK youngsters to be amongst the most lazy in the world. Now while that doesn’t surprise me, what is annoying is the opening paragraph of the BBC’s report:

The survey found UK children spend an average of 9.4 hours a week playing computer games or watching TV, but less than one hour a day being active.

On the face of it you are hit by two figures of 9.4 hours and 1 hour. Quite a difference until you realise that one is per week and the other per day. To be fair we need to normalise these figures to either: 9.4 hours per week playing computer games as compared to less than 7 hours per week being active, or 1 hour 21 minutes (non-active) versus less than 1 hour active. Doesn’t look such a huge difference anymore does it?

The BBC is supposed to be reporting this impartially, but they have given undue emphasis to the time spent playing computer games or watching TV, no doubt in the interest of sensationalism.