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Just days after The Sun filed a woefully misleading article about a survey on British Muslims, the Mail on Sunday has offered up its own half-baked analysis on another government report which has made The Sun‘s effort seem like an academic masterpiece in comparison.
The paper achieved this by using an innovative new reviewing method – its journalists didn’t bother reading a single word of the report in question themselves. They simply reported what they’d heard others saying about it instead.
Writing about ‘A review into opportunity and integration’ by Dame Louise Casey, the MoS claims that the ‘shock report’ reveals that ‘Isolated British Muslims are so cut off from the rest of society that they see the UK as 75 per cent Islamic’.
So keen was the paper to draw its own conclusions from the contents of the report that it couldn’t wait for its own journalists to read a copy themselves, meaning the article was written ‘according to sources who have seen the report’.
Trouble is, the sources obviously didn’t do a very good job as nowhere in the 199-page report does it say that British Muslims think that the UK is 75 per cent Islamic.
What it does say, on page 49 of the report, is that pupils of one non-faith secondary school with a high Asian population believed that Asians made up between 50-90% of the British population. This was a survey that researchers were ‘told about’ on their visit.
So apart from writing ‘isolated British Muslims’ instead of ‘pupils in a non-faith secondary school’, and ‘Islamic’ instead of ‘Asian’, and ‘75%’ instead of ’50-90%’, and ‘UK’ instead of ‘Britain’, the headline in the Mail on Sunday is absolutely spot on.
Dame Casey’s vast review into integration is drawn from interviews with over 800 people across Britain and includes chapters on segregation, interaction, public attitudes and the media, social and economic exclusion, inequality and harm, religion, hate and extremism. Full report available here.
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