Two years ago Oxford University neuroscientist Prof. Dorothy Bishop established the Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation for the worst misrepresentation of a scientific article in a national newspaper, judged according to the number of factual errors in the piece.

Paul Dacre Daily Mail Winner of the Orwellian Award for Journalistic Misrepresentation1 Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Wins Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation over Just One Cannabis Joint Can Bring On Scizophrenia

This year, my nomination of the Daily Mail’s article “Just ONE cannabis joint ‘can bring on schizophrenia’ as well as damaging memory” won the award! The prize, normally reserved for the journalist authoring the piece, was awarded to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, because of the number of errors in the headline which is the responsibility of the editor and is normally not written by the journalist writing the piece.

This allows the Daily Fail to continue to spew out complete nonsense without risk of reprisals, only last week publishing a piece misappropriating a death to cannabis, that the coroner explicitly stated was not due to cannabis.

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  • Janzibar

    Dacre chairs the PCC?  How did I not know this?  Epic fail on my part.  Why is this travesty allowed to continue?  He edits the Daily Mail for pity’s sake.  How utterly disappointing.  Well done you on the nomination though.

    • Dan Ford

      It’s like employing a thief to guard your home.

  • Peter Reynolds

    Paul Dacre, “the butcher” as he is called, is well known for his aggressive and clumsy style.  He is perhaps the most malevolent man in Britain

    • Derek Williams

      Actually, following a lot of complaining from myself and probably others, as of late last year the PCC is now investigating this article, albeit at a glacial rate. Quite what there is to investigate is beyond me though. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Eligijus Meskuotis

    why nobody are writing that alcohol killed someone. If any psycho active substance are used irresponsibly and especially by kids or teens could have bad or fatal consequences, but this is not the cannabis that should be blamed, its prohibition that gave opportunity for criminals, because cannabis is illegal, there are no regulations and control of a substance and because of this that 16 years old boy died, so don’t blame cannabis, blame the rotten laws.

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