LED 17 – How the Media Distorts the Truth; Transmania; Religious Freedom; Canadian Free Speech; Ban Beauty and the Beast; The EU and Dundee City of Culture; Euthansia; Carl Trueman


  • How Social Media and the Press Distort the Truth –

When Barack Obama made good use of the Internet and social media to get elected it was lauded. When Donald Trump did the same, it was condemned as Russian interference, post-truth, fake news.  We are living in an increasingly polarized culture, facilitated by social media and the politicians and journalists who use it for that purpose.   Here is a classic example of how that works – the story of how the Tory government were doing away with animal rights by Brexit has become the biggest political ‘viral’ story of the year. The only problem it’s not true.


The headline title from The Independent The Tories have voted that animals can’t feel pain as part of the EU bill, marking the beginning of our anti-science Brexit“ was loved, liked and passed on by numerous politicians, media commentators and celebrities…

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