The Daily Mail
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The Daily Mail is a British tabloid newspaper and news site owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust and published in London. It is the United Kingdom's second-biggest-selling daily newspaper after The Sun.
Why It's Rotten
- Fabricated stories.
- Sensationalist articles especially in science and medical topics. Often meant to create fear and outrage.
- Heavy political bias and usually sided with Conservatives throughout its history.
- TMZ levels of absurdity when covering celebrities and they cover each mundane part of their lives as a major news piece as well.
- Inaccurate or biased depictions of people of interest they cover.
- Example: YouTuber Joerg Sprave once posted a video on testing a stab proof vest, The Daily Mail called the video "sickening", "Google Blood Money" and accused it of "inciting violence and terrorism by showing how to defeat a stab-proof vest". Most ironic of all is that even the manufactures of the vests warn wearers that the vest isn't invulnerable and provide examples of weapons that can penetrate them!
- They face several lawsuits for some of the articles they write.
- Unreliable for sources of information. It's so bad that the English Wikipedia decided to exclude them as reliable sources.
- Likes to censor politically incorrect content.
- Highly bigoted working environment. Employees are often poorly payed and exploited, one can expect lots of chaos and shouting on a bad day.
- Extremely homophobic and publishes anti-LGBT stories sometimes.
- They used a 4chan hoax to blame a Trump administration employee as a white supremacist.
- Often blame violent video games for murders of people, such as the murder of Stefan Pakeerah. They said that the murderer owned a copy of Manhunt at the time of the murder, but it was the victim that owned a copy.
- They even supported the claim that Dr. Robert Sapolsky's neuro-protective anti-stress vaccines are "brain-eatting".
- Their outrage methods and spying on celebrities has forced Lily Wachoski to come out as Trans.
- They bashed Count Dankula as a Nazi due to the video he made of his pug doing a salute.
- They even fell for the 4chan prank of the ok symbol being labeled as a nazi symbol.
- Extremely anti gamergate.
- In 2015, freelance journalist Djaffer Ait Aoudia told The Guardian that he secretly filmed a Mail representative negotiating for a "hacker" to obtain a café's CCTV of the November 2015 Paris attacks. The café owner agreed to supply the footage for €50,000. The Daily Mail responded: "There is nothing controversial about the Mail's acquisition of this video, a copy of which the police already had in their possession." The Guardian also, briefly, embedded the footage on their own website before removing it.
- In early 2019, the mobile version of the Microsoft Edge Internet browser started warning visitors to the MailOnline site, via its NewsGuard plugin, that "this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability" and "has been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases". In late January 2019, the status of the MailOnline was changed by the Newsguard Plugin from Red to Green, updating its verdict to "this website generally maintains basic standards of accuracy and accountability". An Editors Note from Newsguard stated that "This label now has the benefit of the dailymail.co.uk's input and our view is that in some important respects their objections are right and we were wrong".
- J.K. Rowling particularly disliked the Daily Mail, which probably explains why she included a scene in the 4th Harry Potter book where Vernon Dursley is reading a copy.
- A thinly-disguised version of the Daily Mail, called simply The Mail appears in Michael Paraskos's dark satire based on the Donald Trump presidency, Rabbitman, in which the newspaper's fictional editor is subjected to a lobotomy in a dystopian post-Brexit Britain to try and cure him of "nasty little paranoid thoughts about scroungers, traitors and foreigners.
- Lego refuses to advertise for The Daily Mail due to their content.
- The Daily Mail was also a subject of satire in Grand Theft Auto V where WNKA International uses the same kind of news reporting style.