As a student of journalism it upsets me to have to say this but at times I have to despair for the British media. The bias it displays is too embarrassing for words.
This manifests itself in all the popular medium: from broadsheet to tabloid newspapers to television programmes and radio broadcasts.
I could cite many thousands of examples but here a just a few that happen to stick in my mind.
1. The Death of Princess Diana
The death of the Princess occurred only shortly before the death of Mother Theresa, a modern day saint., Diana stories had all the headlines and still continues to do so.
2. Jeremy Clarkson
Has clearly made xenophobic comments on television and still holds down a job at the BBC. Unacceptable
3. British Casualties in major incidents
It is obviously very important when disaster strikes to keep us informed of the British plight in case a loved has been injured, however it seems to me that a British life is worth more. Tragedies that don’t involve the British are rarely even covered.
4. The amount of foreign affairs coverage in newspapers
Tabloids like the Sun and the Mirror have little or no foreign coverage and a Baghdad blast is seen as less newsworthy than Pete Doherty’s latest stint in rehab. The broadsheets do a little better but there is still room for improvement.
…. and for me by far the worst is the coverage of sport.
There are some many things wrong here it is untrue.
English sportsman are over hyped and under perform (look at the likes of Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard compared to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Essien and you tell me who has played better this season).
Commentary should be about describing the action not cheering your team on. This isn’t SkySports Fanzone. Andy Gray lost it when Gerrard scored against Olympiakos, David Pleat loses it every time Spurs are on ITV and Ian Wright loves England too much to provide any sort of sensible analysis.
Then there is cheating versus gamesmanship. Michael Owen dives and Cristiano Ronaldo dives. The difference is that Owen is guilty of gamesmanship and Ronaldo is a cheat.
And when English fans have behaved badly and the police have reacted they are always seen as being heavy handed. Hooligans are still a problem in this country and we need to wise up to it.
I could go on and on but it would get boring. The point is that although we are patriotic it doesn’t mean with have to be idiotic. There is no need to be biased or derogatory in our media representations.
I’d love like to see important news at the front of a paper and not just British celebrity nonsense.
The next time England fail in another major tournament of any sport I want us to hold our hands up and admit we were shit.
There can’t always be a scapegoat.