Take my advice: adopt a degree of scepticism towards media reports
On Wednesday morning, just before the supreme court ruled on the legality of the government's "back-to-work" schemes, I had a word with a senior member of the court's communications team. He explained that it was part of his job to monitor press coverage of the court's rulings and let journalists know if they had misunderstood what the judges had decided. We sympathised with reporters who sometimes had to provide instant coverage of cases that both sides claimed to have won.
Full report: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/oct/30/dwp-appeal-report-court-ruling
My advice to readers is to adopt a degree of scepticism towards media reports – including those for which I am responsible. How plausible do they sound? How likely are they to be affected by error or bias? If you can't cope with a lengthy primary source – the back-to-work judgment is a relatively short 27 pages – then try to read as many different media reports as you can find.
Read independent bloggers whose analysis you trust. Don't assume there is only one way of looking at a case.
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