Unbiased Reporting

Today the Daily Mail announces the result of its “national referendum” on holding a referendum about the new EU constitution.

Almost 90% of the votes were in favour of a referendum. Given that the vast majority of the votes would have come from Daily Mail readers this can hardly be surprising. More interesting is the fact that the Mail declared 100,000 votes (almost 6% of those cast) as void. These were largely from people who were suspected of voting more than once. It would be interesting to hear how many of these were “yes” votes.

Oh, and in a spectacular piece of unbiased reporting, the Evening Standard publishes an article about the referendum. Nowhere do they mention that it is almost identical to the Mail article that I linked to above. They don’t even seem to think it’s important to mention that the Mail and the Standard are owned by the same company.

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