Blind hedgehog stolen in Leeds van theft – BBC News

Blind hedgehog stolen in Leeds van theft – BBC News

Image copyright Frank Tett Image caption Stephen was blinded after being sprayed with chemicals A couple have urged thieves to return their beloved blind hedgehog after a van containing the creature was stolen.
Stephen the hedgehog was inside the vehicle when it was taken from Albion Place in Leeds at about 08:15 BST.
Frank Tett, who runs Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital near Scunthorpe, said: “If he is dumped he could be in real trouble.”
Mr Tett and his wife Veronica have been caring for the animal since June when he was brought to them after being sprayed with chemicals.
Mr Tett, 80, had parked his white Vauxhall van outside Barclay’s Bank and was loading stock for his market stall when it was stolen.
“Stephen was in a cat carrier in the van because I take him with me to the market to raise awareness about the plight of hedgehogs,” he said.
“I was gone a matter of minutes and when I turned around the van was gone.”
Image copyright Frank Tett Image caption The couple have turned their home into a hedgehog hospital Mr Tett added: “We’re not bothered about our stock but worried sick about Stephen. Because he’s blind he requires special care.
“He’s such a good natured little thing and and if he’s left on the road or something he won’t have a clue what to do.”
Mr and Mrs Tett hand-rear and care for hundreds of hedgehogs at their home in Appleby.
The charity is named after another blind hedgehog that the couple once looked after.
They have reported the theft to West Yorkshire Police.
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Study: Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real

In a news cycle full of clownish characters and outrageous rhetoric, it’s no wonder satire isn’t fully registering with a lot of readers. Image via Shutterstock
Editors’ note: The following article is from the academic-research site The Conversation.
In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a conservative bent.
Conservative columnist David French criticized Snopes for debunking what was, in his view, “obvious satire. Obvious.” A few days later, Fox News ran a segment featuring The Bee’s incredulous CEO.
But does everyone recognize satire as readily as French seems to?
Our team of communication researchers has spent years studying misinformation , satire and social media . Over the last several months, we’ve surveyed Americans’ beliefs about dozens of high-profile political issues. We identified news stories – both true and false – that were being shared widely on social media.
We discovered that many of the false stories weren’t the kind that were trying to intentionally deceive their readers; they actually came from satirical sites, and many people seemed to believe them. Fool me once
People have long mistaken satire for real news.
On his popular satirical news show “The Colbert Report,” comedian Stephen Colbert assumed the character of a conservative cable news pundit. However, researchers found that conservatives regularly misinterpreted Colbert’s performance to be a sincere expression of his political beliefs.
But now more than ever, Americans are worried about their ability to distinguish between what’s true and what isn’t and think made-up news is a significant problem facing the country .
Sometimes satire is easy to spot, like when The Babylon Bee reported that President Donald Trump had appointed Joe Biden to head up the Transportation Security Administration based on “Biden’s skill getting inappropriately close to people and making unwanted physical advances.” But other headlines are more difficult to assess.
For example, the claim that John Bolton described an attack on two Saudi oil tankers as “an attack on all Americans” might sound plausible until you’re told that the story appeared in The Onion.
The truth is, understanding online political satire isn’t easy. Many satirical websites mimic the tone and appearance of news sites. You have to be familiar with the political issue being satirized. You have to understand what normal political rhetoric looks like, and you have to recognize exaggeration. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to mistake a satirical message for a literal one. Do you know it when you see it?
Our study on misinformation and social media lasted six months. Every two weeks, we identified 10 of the most shared fake political stories on social media, which included satirical stories. Others were fake news reports meant to deliberately mislead readers.
We then asked a representative group of over 800 Americans to tell us if they believed claims based on those trending stories. By the end of the study, we had measured respondents’ beliefs about 120 widely shared falsehoods.
Satirical articles like those found on The Babylon Bee frequently showed up in our survey. In fact, stories published by The Bee were among the most shared factually inaccurate content in almost every survey we conducted. On one survey, The Babylon Bee had articles relating to five different falsehoods.
For each claim, we asked people to tell us whether it was true or false and how confident they were in their belief. Then we computed the proportion of Democrats and of Republicans who described these statements as “definitely true.”
If we zero in on The Babylon Bee, a few patterns stand out.
Members of both parties failed to recognize that The Babylon Bee is satire, but Republicans were considerably more likely to do so. Of the 23 falsehoods that came from The Bee, eight were confidently believed by at least 15% of Republican respondents. One of the most widely believed falsehoods was based on a series of made-up quotes attributed to Rep. Ilhan Omar . A satirical article that suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders had criticized the billionaire who paid off Morehouse College graduates’ student debt was another falsehood that Republicans fell for.
Our surveys also featured nine falsehoods that emerged from The Onion. Here, Democrats were more often fooled, though they weren’t quite as credulous. Nonetheless, almost 1 in 8 Democrats was certain that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had questioned the value of the rule of law .
It’s no surprise that, depending on the headline, satire might be more likely to deceive members of one political party over another. Individuals’ political worldviews consistently color their perceptions of facts . Still, Americans’ inability to agree on what is true and what is false is a problem for democracy . Flagging satire
The larger question, though, is what we should do about this problem.
In other recent work , we compared the effectiveness of different ways of flagging inaccurate social media content.
We tested a couple of different methods. One involved including a warning that fact-checkers had determined the inaccuracy of a post. Another had a message indicating that the content was from a satirical site.
We found that labeling an article as “satire” was uniquely effective. Users were less likely to believe stories labeled as satire, were less likely to share them and saw the source as less credible. They also valued the warning.
Facebook tested this feature itself a few years ago, and Google News has started to label some satirical content . The New Yorker’s Borowitz Report – a satirical column written by Andy Borowitz – is labeled ‘satire’ when it appears in Google News searches.
This suggests that clearly labeling satirical content as satire can help social media users navigate a complex and sometimes confusing news environment.
Despite French’s criticism of Snopes for fact-checking The Babylon Bee, he ends his essay by noting that “Snopes can serve a useful purpose. And there’s a space for it to remind readers that satire is satire.”
On this point, we couldn’t agree more.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
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Slipknot dethrone Ed Sheeran in UK album chart – BBC News

Slipknot dethrone Ed Sheeran in UK album chart 16 August 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We Are Not Your Kind is Slipknot’s first studio album for five years Slipknot have become the first metal band to have a UK number one album for almost four years.
The Iowa band’s sixth LP, We Are Not Your Kind, has gone straight in at the summit, knocking Ed Sheeran’s collaborations LP off the top spot.
It is also the band’s first chart-topping album for 18 years in the UK, after 2001’s Iowa.
The last metal act to conquer the UK album chart were Iron Maiden in 2015 with The Book of Souls.
Only three other metal albums have reached number one this decade. They are: Hail To The King, Avenged Sevenfold – 2013 13, Black Sabbath – 2013 The Final Frontier, Iron Maiden – 2010 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iron Maiden are the only metal act to have had two number one albums since 2010
Masked rockers Slipknot kicked Sheeran’s star-filled No 6 Collaborations Project down into second place after a four-week stay at the top.
They did so by shifting 31,800 units across physical sales, downloads and equivalent streams. UK top five albums We Are Not Your Kind Slipknot

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Trump rages over poll numbers and coverage of his racism after approval ratings plummet

Donald Trump has vented his anger over media coverage of his repeated racism after a series of polls showed his approval ratings had fallen and that he was on track to lose the 2020 election .The president lashed out in a series of Sunday-morning tweets, renewing his attack on The New York Times in an apparent continuation of his longstanding campaign to discredit news organisations which cover stories he does not approve of.In the posts, he complains about the newspaper shifting its focus from coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s links with Russia to “a Racism Witch Hunt”.From extras.“The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke,” Mr Trump said: “With all that this Administration has accomplished, think what my Poll Numbers would be if we had an honest Media, which we do not!”The president’s disapproval rating climbed to 56 per cent in Fox News polling published this week. That figure was just one point short of a record high and a five-point increase on last month.In further ominous polling for the president, another Fox News survey found him to be less popular among voters than Democrat presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

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Trump rages over poll numbers and coverage of his racism after approval ratings plummet | The Independent

Donald Trump has vented his anger over media coverage of his repeated racism after a series of polls showed his approval ratings had fallen and that he was on track to lose the 2020 election .The president lashed out in a series of Sunday-morning tweets, renewing his attack on The New York Times in an apparent continuation of his longstanding campaign to discredit news organisations which cover stories he does not approve of.In the posts, he complains about the newspaper shifting its focus from coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s links with Russia to “a Racism Witch Hunt”.From extras.“The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke,” Mr Trump said: “With all that this Administration has accomplished, think what my Poll Numbers would be if we had an honest Media, which we do not!”The president’s disapproval rating climbed to 56 per cent in Fox News polling published this week. That figure was just one point short of a record high and a five-point increase on last month.In further ominous polling for the president, another Fox News survey found him to be less popular among voters than Democrat presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

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