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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 14, 2023

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BBC criticised for letting cardiologist hijack interview with false Covid jab claim -- The Guardian

Dr Aseem Malhotra claimed mRNA Covid vaccines play a role in excess heart disease deaths

Outline: (what is this?) false covid jab claim aseem malhotra

Tone: (what is this?) ± mixed

Discussion: (what is this?) - The Guardian, -- BBC, ++ Gates


Conservative councillor suspended after backing MP Andrew Bridgen -- BBC News (UK)

Alex Stevenson, a councillor with Derbyshire County Council, posted a link to an article on vaccines; He said: "As one consultant cardiologist said to me, this is the biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust" But in a public Facebook post, Mr Stevenson gave his backing to Andrew Bridgen

Outline:  mp andrew bridgen a

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, -- Covidianism, ? Tories


Nurses who died probably caught Covid virus at work -- BBC News (UK)

Gareth Morgan Roberts fell ill days after the first lockdown began in March 2020; Dominga David died on 26 May 2020 after being sent home from Penarth's Llandough Hospital

Outline:  gareth morgan roberts

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Covid-19, -- David, -- Hughes

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Saturday's Mirror: "Lisa Marie 'died of broken heart'"

Outline:  elvis presley

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Harry, -- Majidkazemi, -- Sherlock

BBC F1 broadcaster Jennie Gow suffers serious stroke -- BBC News (UK)

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Jennie Gow has been treated at hospitals in London and Surrey; The 45-year-old said her recovery "might take some time" Dozens of fellow broadcasters and motorsport firms have tweeted messages of support

Outline:  bbc f1 broadcaster jennie gow

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Jennie, ± Twitter, - covid


Man in Cornwall waiting 13 hours for ambulance died after stroke -- BBC News (UK)

Di Hudson called emergency services for husband Tony Hudson, 74, near Bodmin on 15 December; Ambulance arrived more than 13 hours later and Mr Hudson died in hospital on 27 December

Outline:  ambulance

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NHS, -- Tories, - UK


Girl, six, with black teeth 'cries with pain' but can't see a dentist | ITV News -- ITV News

Outline:  dentist | itv news

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? Wakefield

'Family would never forgive me if I told all,' says Prince Harry -- BBC News (UK)

Spare, published this week, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever in the UK; Duke of Sussex said he was not "trying to collapse the monarchy", but "to save them from themselves" He said he did not include some things in his memoir because his father and brother would never forgive him

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Harry, ± H, - William


The monarchys a laughing stock: readers react to Prince Harrys Spare -- The Guardian

Views range from sympathy for the Sussexes in light of treatment by royals and tabloids, to regarding them as being ‘as entitled as the others’ Here, eight readers discuss how Spare has changed their opinions on the family rift

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Harry, ? Guardian, ? USA


The Duke of Sussex said he held back because he does not think his father and brother would ever forgive him -- ITV News

Outline:  duke

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Harry, ? MSN, ? Meghan

Mum of boy who needs kidney asks for Asian organ donors -- BBC News (UK)

Karen Bahia, 34, from Coventry, has been waiting two years for a kidney transplant for her son, Harvey; Harvey, four, was diagnosed with kidney condition Posterior Urethral Valves and has stage five chronic kidney disease

Outline:  more asian organ donors

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, ? UK, ? Asian

KSI says Andrew Tate's Top G style is cringey -- BBC News (UK)

KSI says Andrew Tate's Top G persona is "cringey" and fans shouldn't worship influencers

Outline:  rapper ksi

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Tate, + KSI, - BBC

Man fined for throwing egg towards King Charles III in Luton -- BBC News (UK)

Man pleads guilty to throwing egg towards King Charles

Outline:  public order offence

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ± Charles, ++ Spartacus

Consider statins for millions more people in England, NHS told -- BBC News (UK)

15 million more people in England could be prescribed daily cholesterol-lowering statin pills; Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the UK, killing about 160,000 people each year

Outline:  statin pills

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Aseem Malhotra, ++ BBC, ++ I


Chocolate's texture has been examined by the University of Leeds -- BBC News (UK)

Reason chocolate feels good to eat uncovered by UK researchers

Outline:  healthier chocolate

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Wispa bars

Tesla cuts prices by up to a fifth to boost demand -- BBC News (UK)

Price cuts are in the range of 10% to 13% in the UK, but run as high as 20% on some US models; New UK buyers will save £5,500 on an entry-level Model 3 and  £7,000 on the cheapest Model Y

Outline:  tesla prices

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Tesla, -- Elon, -- Twitter


UK economy still set for tough times -- BBC News (UK)

Rising debts, interest costs and still elevated food and energy prices hit consumers hard; The Bank of England is grappling with whether supply challenges for goods and in the workforce are having a long-term impact on the economy

Outline:  uk economy

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ? Brexit, ? UK

UFO reports by US troops skyrocket to over 500 -- BBC News (UK)

US National Intelligence office is now aware of 510 reported UFO sightings; Nearly half of the new sightings were deemed "unremarkable" and attributed to human origins

Outline:  ufo sightings

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Earth, ? Star Trek, ? Australia


Biden visitor logs under scrutiny after classified files found -- BBC News (UK)

Congressional Republicans are demanding to see visitor logs for Joe Biden's Delaware homes; Mr Biden acknowledged on Thursday that sensitive material was found in the garage of his house in Delaware

Outline:  white house visitor logs

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Trump, ? Biden, ? FBI

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