West Midlands in Rapture as Simon Gerrard lifts the Premiership Cup for Liverpool
After nine long years, the West Midlands was ready for a party and they certainly got one, as Liverpool clinched the Premiership Cup, causing all fans in the area to rejoice and sing at the top of their voices. Simon Gerrard, their captain, known as “Simey Gee”, lifted the trophy aloft, saying that “This one is for all the Yam-Yams who have supported this club for so long”
Liverpool, owned by the Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, finally triumphed in the Premiership Cup, beating Newcastle 2-1 whilst their rivals West Ham succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
How about it? I think I come up to the rigorous standards of accuracy, fact-checking and in-depth knowledge of my subject that we have come to expect.
[There are miscarriages of justice in family cases, there are bad social workers, there are mistakes made, there are people to fight for, there are wrongs to be remedied. I’ll give two names that are in the public domain and where you can see from the judgments that mistakes were made and that families went through misery as a result – Alas Al-Wray and Musa. But nobody is done any favours when the basic facts are misreported so badly]
I’ll borrow from Lucy Reed, on the code of conduct for journalists
- At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed.
- Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
- Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
- Differentiates between fact and opinion.
- Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means.
- Does nothing to intrude into anybody’s private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest.
- Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work.
- Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge.
- Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
- Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed.
- A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare.
- Avoids plagiarism.
[I’ve broken point 12 there…]
Perhaps Mr Booker and his editor honestly think that his reporting on the Italian C-section case, to take just one example, really follows the spirit of that code. Perhaps I missed the correction piece that would seem to be desirable under point 3 when the facts of the case emerged.