Our thanks to Nigel for this BBC article. He writes:
Mike, I know you’ve covered this story, but this BBC article follows what I’ve come to realise is the BBC standard format. Opens with “click bait” idea all women are under threat. Has a middle bit to give feminist friends of the BBC space to pile on the “horror”. And then ends with a paragraph or two pointing out that the truth is the reverse of all the rest of the very same article. In this case that more men are murdered and assaulted and this is much more likely to occur in a public place.
My point being this clever approach means the articles do in fact contain the truth, facts, but its headlines and early paragraphs have already done the dirty work. No doubt only geeks like me thoroughly read their output. So they can claim to have been “fair” and factual, but only if you read right to the end. I doubt many do.
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