Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Return To Father

June 13, 2015
Ethan Minnock back with Dad

Ethan Minnock is back with his Dad

Really pleased to see Ethan Minnock is back with his Dad.

Really annoyed with the police not taking any action against his mother.

Really disappointed with the media coverage.

Really pissed off, as ever, with the Family Court system.

We don’t know all the details of the case because the Family Courts are held in secret but I think we can safely guess that for a court to make an order in favour of the father, there must have been issues with the mother.

I went through the Family Court process for around 7 years and experienced numerous broken orders with no sanction against the mother who broke them. In fact it was me who was threatened with Contempt Of Court charges for daring to name my children on a website. (It’s actually Contempt of Court to make it possible for anyone to identify a child involved in a Family Court case, or for the media to publish those details, unless of course it’s a child of a celebrity in which case different rules seem to apply.)

I’m proud to say I joined Fathers 4 Justice where I met numerous dads in a similar situation to me, a father who was imprisoned for waving at his kids in the street and one who, when he stayed slightly too long on holiday with his kids, was arrested by armed police on a Portuguese beach.

The media coverage in this case has been extremely sympathetic towards the mother but just imagine how a father who did the same would be represented…. and now, the icing on the cake is that she is speaking exclusively to a national newspaper – do we really believe that offer had nothing to do with her giving herself up?

If in her exclusive she reveals any detail about what was said in the Family Court, I would expect that she is immediately arrested and the paper prosecuted.

A couple of good things have come out of this though. The first is that Ethan is back with his Dad, the second is that the double standards of the Family Court system have been highlighted – or at least they will have if the media has the balls to report it truthfully.

It Asda be like this?

November 8, 2012
Asda - Stuffing Dads This Christmas

Asda – Stuffing Dads

Asda have a new TV ad for Christmas. It shows a hard pushed mum doing all the work getting stuff ready, making dinner etc while dad doesn’t do anything – the latest in a trend of media depictions of lazy, useless men.

The tag line is “Behind every great Christmas there’s a Mum” which totally removes Dads from the family Christmas picture. In a lot of cases of course, thanks to the unfairness in Family Courts, Dads do miss out on the joys of the Festive Season with their kids but mostly this isn’t by choice.

They responded to criticism by saying 80% of their customers are mums, so they probably thought they were only alienating 20%. The problem is a lot of feminists have also criticised the ad for promoting outdated gender stereotypes, aligning themselves in this case with Fathers 4 Justice.

The whole premise of the campaign is so 1950’s – mum does the housework and looks after the kids, dad goes to work and comes home to a pipe and slippers – that I can’t believe they approved it but their response gives an inkling of why they did – it’s all about the Mummy money!

It does beg the question though, why is it ok to denegrate men, fathers in particular? If this was an ad for a car for instance, showing the man as the only one able to drive or for a piece of tech that only a man could use properly, there would be an outcry.

It cuts both ways, or at least it should.

Occupy The Media

October 22, 2011
Indymedia logo

Indymedia

Following on from my last post about the mainstream media coverage of the ‘Occupy’ movement I’ve also been following developments from other sources such as the Occupy London website itself and Independent media site Indymedia.

There has been a noticable  difference between mainstream media reports, which have been few and far between, and the Twitter feeds and Facebook updates from Occupy London and coverage on Indymedia which have shown a lot of interest and general support for the movement.

The support shown by St Pauls itself has been withdrawn and they have asked protestors to leave quoting health and safety and hygiene issues but the Occupy London website has commented on this – take a look at what they said. Personally I think there will have been pressure placed on the church at a high level and of course they stand to lose financially which really shouldn’t be a churches main concern.

The main criticism seems to be that the protestors are jobless but when you think about it, people in full time emloyment simply can’t do this without risking losing their jobs – although plenty of protesters have been self-employed and many are students or graduates who have little prospect of a job ahead. Instead of criticising the protestors we should be thanking them for standing up for us.

Of course now Gaddafi has gone the mainstream media will gratefully concentrate on that. Whether they will even bother to mention that a second camp has been set up in Finsbury Square, London, remains to be seen – in fact there are many more ‘Occupy’ events going on nationally and internationally than are reported. Of course the violence in Athens has been reported because fires and fighting are more newsorthy than a peaceful worldwide movement … aren’t they?

Know any other media sources? Let me know.

We Are The 99 Percent

October 16, 2011
We are the 99%

We are the 99%

It’s been almost 2 and a half years since I went to the G20 protests in London, April 2009 in fact. That was when the economic downturn was just starting to have an impact. Since then we’ve had an election, a change of Government and in general our lives have got worse … unless we’re part of the elite 1%.

The other thing that has happened in that time is that becuase the downturn/recession/depression has spread wider, more people are starting to question the status quo. They have started to realise that it doesn’t matter which party is in Government, they really have no control over what happens – that control sits firmly with the global corporations, banks and international institutions like the IMF – all unelected.

And because past Governments of all flavours have allowed this to happen (with their revolving door consultancies), they are now in a position where they can’t change the situation. This was highlighted by David Icke in his book ‘…And the Truth Shall Set You Free’ which was roundly criticised by a media with vested interests that concentrated on his more outlandish headline grabbing theories about aliens but failed to address the underlying message of control by corporates and the Bilderberg Group that includes heads of those corporates and high ranking politicians.

Maybe if more people had been made aware of what was happening we wouldn’t have got to this stage but while the ‘Occupy’ protests have been going on the media has behaved in exactly the same way. These are worldwide protests thanks to the communication opportunity provided by the Internet – how long before that is censored in the name of Anti-Terrorism? – but the coverage hasn’t reflected that. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ which has been going on for 3 weeks wasn’t mentioned at all on TV and even on Saturday, when ‘Occupy London’ and similar events worldwide started, the main headlines were the death of a soap star and the Welsh rugby result.

It’ll be interesting to see what will happen if the protest at St Pauls stays put or even grows.

Murdoch, He Wrote

March 3, 2011
Rupert Murdoch

The Ugly Face of Capitalism

Good news at last, Sky News in fact – which will be free from Rupert Murdoch’s influence in the future.

And all he gets in return is is a massive expansion of his media empire.

But do we really believe he won’t still have a say in the background – no!

I just wish I had the time and resources to look into which MP’s and senior civil servants (probably via family members, friends or tricky business trails) will benefit personally from this –¬† maybe not immediately but over the next few years – and that includes holidays, stays on yachts etc.

It’s pretty scary that one person can have so much control over media outlets – how can that possibly be independent?

Giving the go-ahead and not referring it to the Competition Commission tells me all I need to know about the morals of the Government – and I had such high hopes of the new style of Government, or was that just wishful thinking?

Moat Gloat

July 18, 2010

Moat's Ex

We’re all fed up with hearing about Raoul Moat (although some of the jokes are funny).

But this post is about his ex-girlfriend.

It turned out that she was the one who told Moat she was having an affair with a policeman, even though she wasn’t. This little lie lead to her innocent boyfriend of the time being killed and a totally innocent policeman being blinded.

You would think she would be keeping a low profile and showing some respect to the two men involved, but no, she’s on the front page of the News of the World and in their video coverage…. selling her story.

There’s no doubt Moat was evil and is no great loss to the world but you have to despise the way she is cashing in on this ….. as of course are the News of the World.

You would hope, although doubt, that she would give at least some of her ill-gotten money to Pc David Rathband, the innocent policeman who is now blinded thanks to her lie.