The 3M test: how to upgrade your bullshit detector

In the time of coronavirus, the ability to tell good info from bad is more vital than ever. How do you sort the gold from the garbage?

‘Five metres … the Sun journalist is in the room with us!’

Medium (the source, or context)

Message (the story, or text)

The marketplace (the metatext)

Starmer chameleon

Guardian: Keir Starmer poised to be announced new Labour leader

Daily Mail: Sir Keir and a question of cowardice

Sun: Labour’s Keir and present danger

Times: Labour’s women will rise again under Sir Keir

Telegraph: Corbyn plans ‘farewell tour’ as Starmer takes reins

Tweet: Kier Starmer is a charmless posh sod

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