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Michael Taylor and The Business Desk: A closer look at the perils of Predatory Journalism


Michael Taylor a Manchester based Journalist at online new publication The Business Desk has been accused of biased reporting against a business group by engaging in targeted negativity and personal attacks. Allegations include manipulating publication dates and ignoring the group’s positive impacts on distressed sectors. Taylor’s actions are said to compromise journalistic integrity, with reported harassment extending to the group’s partners and associates. The complainant criticizes Taylor’s disregard for challenges like insolvency and mental health, further tarnishing The Business Desk’s credibility as a supportive local business publication. The group’s right of reply was denied, reinforcing concerns about biased narratives.

In recent times, the sanctity of balanced journalism has been marred by practices that not only undermine the dignity of the profession but also jeopardize the fair representation of individuals and businesses alike. A poignant example of this concerning trend can be observed in the dealings of Michael Taylor, a Manchester-based journalist and editor working for the online news publication The Business Desk also known as TheBusinessDesk.com. His approach to reporting has raised several ethical questions, highlighting a shift towards more sensationalist and potentially biased journalism.

Such practices include the potential omission of crucial facts, the lack of right to reply prior to publication, and a perceived inclination towards narratives that may unfairly tarnish the reputation of the subjects involved. This type of journalism can lead to a breakdown in trust between the media and the public, which is detrimental to the overall democratic process. Moreover, it raises concerns about the protection of journalistic integrity and the ethical guidelines that are supposed to underpin the profession.

It is essential for media professionals and publications to adhere strictly to ethical standards to preserve the credibility and reliability of journalism. Engaging audiences with truth and fairness should remain the cornerstone of journalistic endeavor, ensuring that all individuals and entities are represented accurately and impartially.

Michael taylor editor at thebusinessdesk. Com
Biased reporting by michael taylor at thebusinessdesk Com

The Onset of Targeted Reporting by Michael Taylor

For more than a year now, Michael Taylor has pursued an evident strategy of focused negativity and harassment toward me, my colleagues, and our collective endeavors. This conduct surpasses the mere publication of slanted articles suffused with selectively chosen details aimed at discrediting us. The approach taken by Michael Taylor has also permeated into the realm of personal assaults and unwarranted meddling in our business connections. These actions disrupt our day-to-day activities and cast unwarranted aspersions on our professional integrity. In this relentless campaign, Michael Taylor has not only sought to undermine our reputation but has also attempted to weaken our resolve and hinder our progress through these continuous and unprovoked attacks.

The Business Desk Manipulating Publication Dates

This situation involving TheBusinessDesk.com and their editorial changes under the influence of Michael Taylor raises serious questions about journalistic integrity and media transparency. The alteration of the publication date of an article detailing an ongoing legal dispute with Barclays only came to light after being challenged. Originally published in February of this year, the article was ostensibly updated to appear as if it had been written recently, potentially misleading readers and skewing the perception of the timeline of events.

Such deceptive practices not only undermine public trust in the media but also impact the reputation of the entities involved in the reported incidents. It emphasises the need for stringent editorial standards and transparent revision policies to ensure that the information provided to the public remains both accurate and reliable. The misrepresentation serves as a powerful reminder of the delicate balance media outlets must maintain between influential leadership and ethical journalism.

Michael Taylor and The Business Desk ignoring positive contributions

Michael Taylor’s reporting has drawn criticism for what many see as a pattern of unbalanced coverage, particularly concerning his treatment of a group involved in significant economic activities within distressed sectors. Critics point out that Taylor’s narratives often omit or undervalue the positive impacts made by the group, specifically their role in job preservation and financial stability for creditors. The group’s efforts in investing in and revitalizing ailing businesses have been substantial, yet these accomplishments are frequently overlooked in his reports.

This omission is problematic as it skews public perception, favoring a more sensational angle that might not fully capture the group’s integral contributions to economic recovery and stability in the regions they operate. The concern here isn’t just about a lack of recognition for positive deeds but underscores a deeper issue with maintaining journalistic balance. By not reporting on these positive strides, Michael Taylor could be seen as prioritising a narrative that aligns with sensationalism over a balanced and comprehensive view of the situation. This kind of reporting can influence public opinion and policy decisions, underscoring the need for a more equitable approach to news journalism that fully recognises all facets of a story.

Michael Taylor Crossing Journalist and Professional Boundaries

Moreover, Taylor’s interactions have crossed the lines of professional decorum. He has inappropriately contacted the group’s financial partners, unsettling these crucial relationships. His actions not only undermined the trust that was painstakingly built but also posed a risk to the stability of these partnerships which are essential for the organisation’s financial health. Additionally, Michael Taylor has relentlessly targeted various members within the organisation with undue scrutiny and baseless allegations, creating a hostile environment that hampers teamwork and lowers morale among the staff. This behavior is contrary to the principles of mutual respect and collaboration that are vital for a successful organisational culture.

A Pattern of Targetted Harassment by Michael Taylor and TheBusinessDesk.com

Over the course of the past year, not only has Michael Taylor abused his position at TheBusinessDesk.com by hiding behind the title “Journalist”, engaging in his campaign of harassment when writing his stories. He has also taken it upon himself to harass close friends, solicitors, staff and suppliers in an attempt to disrupt personal relationships. This isn’t the behaviour of a genuine Journalist who should always be above reproach.

Michael Taylor and his Bias against Insolvency and Mental Health Challenges

Its very evident that Michael Taylor has taken issue with various individuals in our organisation, and detests and targets anyone that has involved in any form of insolvency. He has constantly targeted individuals in the organisation long before he joined The Business Desk. But now The Business Desk has given him a platform to abuse his position and use there platform.

But what he forgets is that in 2014 TheBusinessDesk.com entered into administration, owing HMRC substantial sums and phoenixed into Regional Media Services Ltd which owns and operates The Business Desk today. So really he should look a little closer to home when looking to target those involved in the insolvency and distressed sector.

Concerns have been raised about Michael Taylor, an editor who not only disputes but also ridicules individuals facing mental health challenges. Such behavior represents a clear and serious issue of disability discrimination, unfortunately showcased within the news platform of The Business Desk. Allowing an editor to openly boast about such attitudes towards hidden disabilities, like mental health issues, only perpetuates stigma and undermines the struggles of those affected. This behavior is alarming and highlights a significant oversight in responsible journalism and leadership. It’s essential that such discriminatory actions be addressed promptly and publicly to ensure that media platforms uphold standards of inclusivity and sensitivity towards all individuals, regardless of their mental health status.

The Business Desk Editorial Misdirection and Loss of Credibility as a Trusted Publication

In the context of the recent changes witnessed at TheBusinessDesk.com, it is truly disheartening to see a publication that was once hailed as a staunch advocate for Northern businesses shift its editorial stance so dramatically. Formerly recognised for bolstering local companies, providing them with the support necessary to navigate both the peaks and troughs of the business world, The Business Desk now seems to pursue an agenda skewed towards the disparagement and undermining of these same enterprises.

This new direction not only deviates from its original mission but also raises questions about the underlying motives, eventually harming the very fabric of the community it once aimed to uplift. What was envisioned as a supportive pillar for regional economic growth now risks becoming an instrument of unwarranted reputational harm, affecting not just individual businesses, but the broader economic health of the region.

Michael Taylor and TheBusinessDesk.com misrepresenting the Legal Dispute with Barclays

In our ongoing situation with Barclays, it is vital to address the misconceptions and deliberate distortions propagated by Taylor regarding the transaction. The heart of the issue lies in the initial engagement when Barclays’ Relationship Director assured us of a £25 million lending facility. This promising start to a relationship with Barclays was unfortunately plagued by a series of delays and procedural failings on the part of the bank, complicating what should have been a straightforward process.

The crux of the case revolves around these very assurances from Barclays’ Relationship Director, who enticed us to bank with them based on the promise of the £25 million facility. Shockingly, it took almost a year for Barclays to formally onboard our group, and during this extended period, the Relationship Director permitted the group to access the funds before any official facility was set up—seemingly overstepping their authority. Despite this oversight by Barclays, they continue to pursue their claims against us personally.

Despite the frustrations brought about by these challenges, our commitment to resolving matters amicably has never wavered. We have consistently pursued mediation and other non-confrontational approaches in hopes of finding a mutually beneficial resolution. We even offered to repay the facility over an eight-week period, striving to maintain our relationship with the bank. Unfortunately, Barclays opted for a more uncommercial approach, pushing for litigation that sought to hold individuals personally liable—actions that seem needlessly damaging.

The position taken by Barclays was not only unfounded but has been noted by a judge at the onset of this case; they stated that there could be no breach of contract attributed to our group or any individual since the bank itself had allowed the transactions under the unestablished facility. Under normal circumstances, absent a formal lending agreement, such transactions would be declined.

In light of these facts, it is particularly disheartening to see the one-sided narrative that Michael Taylor chooses to present. Instead of a balanced examination, Taylor’s accounts heavily favours an angle that erroneously paints us in a negative light.

This approach not only misrepresents the truth but also undermines the potential for a fair discussion about the dispute. It is imperative that the full context is understood, and that Michael Taylor’s biased reporting is recognised for what it is—an attempt to skew the facts in favour of a sensationalized account rather than a truthful report. By shining a light on these inaccuracies, we hope to advocate for a more accurate representation of the events and encourage a solution that reflects the complexities involved.

The Business Desk denying the Right of Reply

In a recent turn of events, there arose a situation where the necessity to invoke a right of reply was paramount. When we reached out to Michael Taylor and the editorial team at TheBusinessDesk.com with our statement, unfortunately, Michael responded with a refusal to publish our rebuttal. This decision raises several questions about the principles of journalistic integrity and open dialogue.

TheBusinessDesk.com, as a purportedly reputable news outlet, typically upholds the standard that their articles are both credible and robust enough to withstand public scrutiny. In light of this, one would expect that they would be open to facilitating a platform where differing viewpoints or responses to their publications can be openly discussed. By allowing replies to be published, it would enable a more comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand, thereby enriching the public discourse. It is essential in journalism to provide a balanced view, as it helps the readers to make informed opinions and decisions.

If The Business Desk truly stands by the accuracy and fairness of their journalism, there should be no hesitation to include responses from those who find themselves at odds with their reporting. Allowing this would not only demonstrate their confidence in their own reporting but also their commitment to transparency and fairness. It’s about letting the readers weigh the presented facts and narratives on their own merits and decide what to believe.

This refusal, therefore, is not just about a single reply not getting published; it’s about what such a decision signifies in the broader context of journalistic practices and the trustworthiness of the media. It’s crucial for media outlets to engage openly with all stakeholders to foster an environment of trust and credibility.


Journalism is fundamentally a cornerstone of democratic societies, tasked with the noble role of informing the public, educating readers, and ensuring a multiplicity of perspectives is available to them. Unfortunately, the actions of figures and Journalists like Michael Taylor demonstrate a deviation from these principles, where journalism is manipulated as a tool for biased reporting, lacking in the objectivity and responsibility that should be inherent in media practice.

This experience of bias hits harder when considering my deep ties to the local economic community, where I have firsthand knowledge of the real impacts that such slanted reporting can have not just on businesses but on people’s lives. The intent to harm or discredit through media without a chance for rebuttal doesn’t just impact the subjects of reporting but erodes public trust in the media outlet itself.

The ongoing refusal of The Business Desk and Michael Taylor to provide a platform for a fair response especially stings in light of their continued one-sided coverage. This illustrates a clear abandonment of journalistic integrity, a principle that should be sacred among journalists. They’ve ignored repeated requests to present our side of the story, amplifying the pain and the portrayal of a scenario that isn’t aligned with truth but rather an agenda.

As such situations unfold, it’s crucial for the community and its observers to critically evaluate the sources of their information and seek out those that uphold the ethics of journalism. For those interested in a deeper exploration of this crisis in media, I recommend visiting a detailed analysis on the topic of declining journalistic standards at Journalistic Integrity, which sheds light on how these practices are not isolated incidents but part of a troubling trend.

My message to TheBusinessDesk – do better!

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Scott Dylan
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Scott Dylan

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Scott Dylan

Scott Dylan is the Co-founder of Inc & Co, a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, and business strategist renowned for his adeptness in turning around struggling companies and driving sustainable growth.

As the Co-Founder of Inc & Co, Scott has been instrumental in the acquisition and revitalization of various businesses across multiple industries, from digital marketing to logistics and retail. With a robust background that includes a mix of creative pursuits and legal studies, Scott brings a unique blend of creativity and strategic rigor to his ventures. Beyond his professional endeavors, he is deeply committed to philanthropy, with a special focus on mental health initiatives and community welfare.

Scott's insights and experiences inform his writings, which aim to inspire and guide other entrepreneurs and business leaders. His blog serves as a platform for sharing his expert strategies, lessons learned, and the latest trends affecting the business world.


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