Tuesday, 9 July 2013

But not exactly as a "front page splash"

in fact, there ought to be a prize for anyone who can actually find it in the on-line version of the Mail ..

Daily Mail corrects misleading benefit statistics as DWP prepares for MPs' grilling**

An jolly tale from the New Statesman on how some Iain Duncan Smith arranged "scrupulously honest data" which was anything but was used in 6 "benefits bashing" articles by the Mail, which just goes to show the benefit of someone dreaming it up.
Oh and if you get tired of trying to track down that "correction", which NS readers will now be aware of but DM readers probably not, it is here.

Well it was at the time of posting, but being aware of what can happen I have also taken a screen grab in case it is needed as "evidence" later ... 

** the Department is scheduled for 2 Select Committee "grillings" tomorrow -

9.30am  Work and Pensions
Subject: Universal Credit: follow-up
Witness(es): Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform , Howard Shiplee, Universal Credit Director General and Suzanne Newton, Real Time Information Programme Director, HM Revenue and Customs
Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
2.30pm   Work and Pensions
Subject: DWP Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13: DWP Statistics
Witness(es): John Shields, Director of Communications and David Frazer, Director of Information, Governance and Security Directorate
Location: Room 5, Palace of Westminster
It is the latter grilling that the New Statesman article is referring to.