Cliff Mitchell - 06/04/2019

20 years of FAKE NEWS about the EU by UK press - it must NOT be allowed to continue


20 years of lies in the UK press

For decades politicians and elements of the UK press have been peddling misinformation and downright lies about the EU

Nearly all of this ‘fake news’ can be traced back to a small group of extremely wealthy newspaper editors/proprietors and right-wing politicians with vested interested in the UK leaving the EU.

Unfortunately, because of the incessant repetition year after year, much of this misinformation has become ‘fact’ in the eyes of large sections of the general public. And this is not a criticism of the general public – why shouldn’t we believe what we are told by our representatives in government, positions of power, and mainstream media?

There are far too many ‘myths’ to list them all here, and there is a comprehensive A-Z list of ‘Euromyths’, and the reality behind them, here.

However, Tom Pride has kindly produced a list of some of the more blatant misinformation about the EU published in the UK press over the last 20 years. You can see Tom Pride’s list below – just click on any ‘myth’ to read more.

It’s also worth looking at who the worst offenders are amongst the UK press…

Well, there’s a surprise, top of the list is the Daily Mail, followed by The Sun and The Express! What’s more worrying is the high position of The Telegraph and The Times - supposedly reputable broadsheets. However, the political affiliations of all of these offfending publications tell us all we need to know.

If we look at the top 5 worst offenders, and compare these to an independent assessment of their biases and accuracy of reporting what do we find?

So basically the worst offenders for promulgating damaging fake new about the EU are politically aligned with the right(1), and generally have a track record of bias toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some, such as the Daily mail, are completely untrustworthy.

What can we do to counter this? In the short-term it seems an impossible task to counter decades of such misinformation. However, we can challenge it whenever it appears so at least young people who haven’t suffered the decades-long drip-feed of lies can be armed with the truth. And if, as appears increasingly likely, we participate in elections for the European Parliament, it is vital that every time this type of misinformation appears, we challenge it with the truth.

Don't leave it to others because we all must take our share of responsibility - if you come across this type of misinformation in the press, on social media, on the broadcast media, or in your own friends and family, it's up to you to correct it. Future generations will thank you for you courage!


Tom Pride's Lists - 20 years of UK press EU misiniformation

“High up” signs to be put on mountains

BBC

2-for-1 bargains to be scrapped by EU

Daily Mirror

21-gun salutes are just too loud, Brussels tells the Royal Artillery

Mail on Sunday

Bosses to be told what colour carpets to buy by EU

Daily Star

Brandy butter to be renamed ‘brandy spreadable fat’

The European

British apple trees facing chop by EU

The Times

British cheese faces extinction under EU rules

PA News

British chocolate to be renamed ‘vegelate’ under EU rules

Daily Mail

British film producers warn of new EU threat to industry

The Independent

British lav to be replaced with Euro-loo

The Sun

British loaf of bread under threat from EU

Daily Mail

British rhubarb to be straight

The Sun

Brussels ban on pints of shandy

The Times

Brussels bans barmaids from showing cleavage

The Sun,Daily Telegraph

Brussels says shellfish must be given rest breaks on journeys

The Times

Brussels threatens charity shops and car boot sales

Daily Mail

Brussels to ban herbal cures

Daily Express

Brussels to ban HGV drivers from wearing glasses

The Times

Brussels to force EU flag on England shirts

Daily Mail

Brussels to outlaw mushy peas

The Sun,Daily Mail,Daily Telegraph, The Times

Brussels to restrict drinking habits of Britain’s coffee lovers

Daily Express

Bureaucrats declare Britain is “not an island”

The Guardian

Children to be banned from blowing up balloons, under EU safety rules

Daily Telegraph

Church bells silenced by fear of EU law

Daily Telegraph

Cod to be renamed ‘Gadus’ thanks to EU

Daily Mail

Commission to force fishermen to wear hairnets

Daily Telegraph

Condom dimensions to be harmonised

Independent on Sunday

Corgis to be banned by EU

Daily Mail

Curved bananas banned by Brussels bureaucrats

The Sun,Daily Mail,Daily Express

Domain names - ‘.uk’ to be replaced by ‘.eu’

Daily Mail

Double-decker buses to be banned

Daily Telegraph

EC plan to ban noisy toys

Sunday People

EC regulations to ban playgrounds

Daily Express

English Channel to be re-named ‘Anglo-French Pond’

Daily Mail

EU ‘Bans Boozing’

Daily Star

EU bans ‘mince’ pies

Daily Mail

EU bans eating competition cakes

Time sonline

EU bid to ban life sentences for murderers

Daily Express

EU fanatics to be forced to sing dire anthem about EU ‘Motherland’

The Sun

EU forcing cows to wear nappies

Daily Mail

EU madness: chat up bar girl and pub will be fined

Daily Star

EU may try to ban sweet and toy ads

The Times

EU meddlers ban kids on milk rounds

The Sun,The Telegraph

EU orders farmers to give toys to pigs

The Times

EU orders swings to be pulled down

Daily Express

EU outlaws teeth whitening products

Daily Mail

EU plot to rename Trafalgar Square & Waterloo station

Daily Express

EU puts speed limit on children’s roundabouts

Daily Express

EU responsible for your hay fever

Daily Mail,The Times

EU says British yoghurt to be renamed ‘Fermented Milk Pudding’

Sunday Mirror

EU seeks to outlaw 60 dog breeds

Europa News Agency

EU targets traditional Sunday roast

Sun on Sunday

EU tells Welsh how to grow their leeks

The Times

EU tells women to hand in worn-out sex toys

The Sun

EU to ban bagpipes and trapeze artists

The Sun

EU to ban church bells

Daily Telegraph

EU to ban double decker buses

Daily Mail

EU to ban high-heel shoes for hairdressers

Daily Express

EU to ban lollipop ladies’ sticks

News of the World

EU to ban rocking horses

The Sun

EU to ban selling eggs by the dozen

Daily Mail

EU to ban under 16-year-olds from using Facebook

Daily Mail

EU to ban Union Flag from British meat packs

Daily Express

EU to ban zipper trousers

The Sun

EU to scrap British exams

Sunday Express

EU to stop binge drinking by slapping extra tax on our booze

The Sun

EU to tell British farmers what they can grow

Daily Mail

EU wants to BAN your photos of the London Eye

Daily Express

Euro ban on food waste means swans cannot be fed

The Observer

Eurocrats say Santa must be a woman

The Sun

Eurocrats to ban crayons and colouring pencils

The Sun

Euronotes cause impotence

Daily Mail

Firemen’s poles outlawed by EU

Daily Mail

Kilts to be branded womenswear by EU

Daily Record

Light ale to be forced to change its name by Eurocrats

Daily Mail

Motorists to be charged to drive in city centres under EU plans

Daily Telegraph

New eggs cannot be called eggs

Daily Mail

New EU map makes Kent part of France

Sunday Telegraph

Noise regulations to force football goers to wear earplugs

The Sun

Now EU crackpots demand gypsy MPs

Daily Express

Now EU officials want control of your CANDLES

Daily Express

Obscure EU law halting the sale of English oak seeds

Mail on Sunday

Pets must be pressure cooked after death

Sunday Telegraph

Plot to axe British number plates for standardised EU design

Daily Express

Queen to be forced to get her own tea by EU

The Sun

Rolling acres outlawed by Brussels

The Telegraph

Rumpole’s wig to scrapped by EU

Mail on Sunday

Scotch whisky rebranded a dangerous chemical by EU

Daily Telegraph

Smoky bacon crisps face EU ban

Sunday Times

Straight cucumbers

The Sun

Strawberries must be oval

The Sun

Tea bags banned from being recycled

BBC

Traditional Irish funeral under threat from EU

Daily Telegraph,The Times

Truckers face EU ban on fry-ups

The Sun

UK milk ‘pinta’ threatened by Brussels

The Sun

UK to be forced to adopt continental two pin plug

Daily Star,Daily Mail

Unwanted Valentine’s cards to be defined as sexual harrasment

Daily Telegraph

Women to be asked intimate details about sex lives in planned EU census

Daily Express

 


 

(1) Definition of Right Bias

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.

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Cliff Mitchell with thanks to Tom Pride
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