Alert readers will remember that last month we debunked a front-page story from the Scottish Daily Mail about SNP MPs’ expenses, which made the spectacularly untrue claim that they were more expensive than their Unionist predecessors, when in fact they cost significantly less and did far more work.
A couple of days ago the Mail finally ran a “clarification”. And we thought you might like to know exactly how much more the Mail values lies than truth.
The highlighted areas on the picture above occupy 440,107 pixels.
Below is the “clarification”.
We’ve blown it up here so you can marvel at its full weasel-worded glory:
But at the same scale as the original story, it takes up 7,844 pixels.
Which means that the Mail gave the lie just over 56 times as much space as the truth. Or if you prefer, the vague half-admission that the story was complete drivel got 1.78% as much room as the highly-detailed, name-strewn bucketload of horse dung the paper originally published under a screaming banner headline.
It’s not, of course, news that newspaper corrections get less space than the lies. For countless years opinion polls have overwhelmingly produced public demands for more prominent corrections, “clarifications” and apologies, and nothing is ever done about it. But we’re not sure anyone has done the numbers before, so now you know.