- Do you ever buy a tabloid newspaper? Given the Leveson enquiry, why?
The stories coming out from the Leveson enquiry are really quite shocking. Especially the Charlotte Church, Anne Diamond and JK Rowling stuff.
It’s bullying and harassment, pure and simple. The lack of empathy from the reporters, editors and proprietors is verging on psychotic.
No-one seems to be pointing out that it would all go away if we, the public, simply refused to buy papers which printed stories like that.
Or are people simply too heartless, or just too dim to see where they have a responsibility in the whole circus?Posted 6 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
But does anyone remember that post on here where a lady joined to warn one of the regulars on here about giving an interview to a red top (TJ and his roof or was it tv show???) ?
She moved from London to the lakes and was fed some bull about the story line re qualified female professionals leaving the capital and moving to the lake district – got her photo taken for the Mail(?)- and the eventual printed headline was along the grounds of “nymphos do the lakes”.
I’ve imagined they’ve always been that bad. I presume everything they print is made up.Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
The public reaction against the NOTW ended that rag.
Nothing to stop something similar happening again.
I think News International sacrificed the paper in a bid to save the rest of the organisation from scrutiny and so they could lay off a load of staff and later bring out a Sunday Sun with lower operating costs.
Hasn’t really worked on the first count, we’ll have to wait and see about the second.Posted 6 years agolodiousMember
TBH, you don’t need an enquiry to work out that the tabloids are scum…pick up a copy any tabloid paper and look at the content…it tells you everything you need to know about the editorial practices.
By buying them you are creating the demand for everything that goes with it, so no, i’d never buy a tabloid.Posted 6 years agoderekridesMember
Isn’t the Times a tabloid these days?
I don’t think we deserve what they dish out, we’d read whatever they put in them even if it were less trashy.
It’s just the lowering of journalistic standards, to many media studies at Bognor victims churned out on a diet of sensationalism, we were taught restraint, integrity and factual reporting in my day.Posted 6 years agomuppetWranglerMember
I presume everything they print is made up.
The problem is the majority of people just don’t believe that. Mrs mW was discussing her strike action with her Mother on the phone earlier and her mum came out with some nonsense that she’d read in the paper (not sure which but it’ll be one of the tabloids), when Mrs mW tried to put her straight she was met with the response “They would be allowed to write it if it wasn’t true”. I imagine her view is probably shared by a greater proportion of the population than yours (and mine).Posted 6 years agopennineMember
Ever wondered how many people buy each newspaper? – here’s April 2011 figures. Daily Mail has increased!!
Daily Mirror: 1,172,785, -5.40
Daily Record: 312,566, -5.57
Daily Star: 692,157, -15.90
The Sun: 2,783,110, -5.85
Daily Express: 635,576, -4.53
Daily Mail: 2,100,300, 0.2
The Daily Telegraph: 639,578, -6.39
Financial Times: 372,076, -3.75
The Herald: 49,764, -9.37
The Guardian: 263,907, -8.66
The Independent: 180,743, -3.92
The Scotsman: 40,524, -10
The Times: 449,809, -11.28
Racing Post: 57,376, -7.91
Daily Star Sunday: 309,237, -11.19
News of the World: 2,606,397, -10.3
Sunday Mail: 366,674, -8.03
Sunday Mirror: 1,097,434, -2.37
The People: 480,196, -9.42
Sunday Express: 601,666, 4.76
Sunday Post: 310,187, -7.15
The Mail on Sunday: 1,944,724, -1.94
Independent on Sunday: 154,227, -8.28
The Observer: 302,975, -8.68
Scotland on Sunday: 50,626, -12.26
Sunday Herald: 29,578, -30.19
The Sunday Telegraph: 509,557, -0.12
The Sunday Times: 1,018,215, -10.3Posted 6 years agoDugganMember
Used to on my lunch break at work but then I realised that as I work near to the University all broadsheets are only 40p anyway so thought well there’s no excuse.
Wouldn’t ever buy one again now and I do mean that. The stuff that’s been coming out via the Leveson Enquiry is shocking. I knew they were pretty shallow and morally bereft but must admit I have been shocked by just how vile they really are.
In my defence I only ever used to buy them for the sport but I wouldn’t put anything in their pockets now.Posted 6 years ago
I agree lifer to a point but there are problems.
What is a blogger, does their reach effect the scale of any “offence” they might have done? Should fines perhaps be a function of breadth of readership? How do you deal with non-UK based publishing like Guido Fawkes?
The protection should be for the inappropriate publication of private material. More strict definitions of “public interest” as distinct from “interesting to the public” should be codified.
Apologies must be half front page.Posted 6 years agoDugganMember
Why do you think the dirty tricks might stop at the tabloids. Any reason to suppose they aren’t rife in the broadsheets, TV and radio news, celeb blogging and political party researchers mud slinging as well?
I’ve no doubt to an extent dirty tricks exist in all of the above media but I seriously doubt that it’s to as much an extent to the tabloid press and certainly for such a little value return.
Plus, short of avoiding all media there’s little you can do. It’s not really viable to not watch TV, listen to the radio, read stuff on the internet or a political party statement simply to avoid reading content that may have been obtained questionably. Or if it is, I’m not willing to put in that much effort. It’s pretty easy to avoid buying a tabloid newspaper though.Posted 6 years agoaracerSubscriber
Isn’t the Times a tabloid these days?
Well given Ms Church got mentioned by the OP, and one of the articles she was most upset about (from what I heard of her testimony – was listening to some of it live) was in the Times, I do wonder how many of those being disparaging about tabloids buy that.
I’m OK though – I only buy the Torygraph.Posted 6 years agocorrodedMember
I’ve never bought a tabloid – working in a newsroom for a few years puts you off buying papers. I do know people who work for certain tabloids. They’re decent people who do the things they do for one reason – there’s a market for that sort of journalism. And it’s a massive market – worth remembering that the Daily Mail website is something like the world’s second most popular newspaper website.
In other words, we get the media we deserve. It’s no use blaming the editors for the celeb tripe served up and the death of serious, impartial journalism. If it didn’t sell papers, they wouldn’t print it. All editors and journalists I know would much rather be covering an important story about an injustice than Lily Allen’s miscarriage. But guess which gets more clicks?Posted 6 years agoernie_lynchMember
It’s no use blaming the editors for the celeb tripe served up and the death of serious, impartial journalism. If it didn’t sell papers, they wouldn’t print it.
This is very true. However, one area in which capitalism truly excels is marketing. And the secret of good marketing is in convincing the consumer to want something which they otherwise wouldn’t want.
And convincing the masses that they want celeb tripe is hugely beneficial.
I can’t think of anything more potentially explosive and dangerous than if the Guardian or the Independent, was Britain’s best selling newspaper and preferred choice of the masses.Posted 6 years ago
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