"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Our 'Free Press'
is some information on the four leading UK newspapers. Without social
media I would be in despair.
SUN: owner Rupert Murdock, with estimated wealth of £19 billion.
Sun headline on Jeremy Corbyn: “Is this the Most Dangerous Chicken
Sun has a daily readership of 2.8 million and online readers are an estimated 6.2 million.
Sun was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Left-leaning Daily
Herald, and became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its
current owner, Rupert Murdock (who also owns The Times,The Sunday
Times, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and on and on ….)
The Sun on Sunday was launched in 2012, the paper has been a
seven-day operation. The Sun had the largest circulation of any daily
newspaper in the United Kingdom, but was overtaken by rival Metro in
Sun is nothing short of insulting to anyone perceived as ‘left-wing’.
Michael Foot was called an ‘old fool’, Tony Benn, ‘insane’
and miners’ leader at the time of the 1984 strike, Arthur Scargill
"Mine Führer". In 1987, gay men were offered free one-way
airline tickets to Norway with "Fly Away Gays – And We Will
the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Sheffield in April
1989, when 96 people died, The Sun blamed the crushed and maimed
for their own deaths. More than 25 years later it remains unavailable
in many parts of Liverpool with Liverpudlians referring to the
newspaper as "The Scum".
DAILY AND SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: owners Sir David Barclay And Sir
Frederick Barclay with estimated joint wealth of £2.25 billion.
Daily Telegraph headline on Jeremy Corbyn: “Corbyn will Drag us
Back to the 70s”
Daily Telegraph has a readership of 260,000 and The Sunday Telegraph
a readership of 280,000. Online readers are an estimated 500,000.
Daily Telegraph was founded by Colonel Arthur Sleigh in 1855 to air a
personal grievance against the commander-in-chief of the British
Army, The Duke of Cambridge.
has been owned by the Barclays since 2004. As well as The Daily
Telegraph and The Spectator they own retail, property and hotel
businesses, including The Ritz hotels.
Frederick says they reside in Monaco and Sark and Brecqhou for
‘health reasons’. The Panama Papers produced evidence that they
pay no corporation tax on their business profits.
columnist Graham Norton called it "toxic" and "a
mouthpiece for Boris Johnson" published with "no
fact-checking at all".
has been reported that the Barclays are trying to sell the Telegraph
DAILY MAIL: owner Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, with
an estimated wealth of £1 billion.
Daily Mail headline on Jeremy Corbyn: “Marxist Manifesto. A radical
deluge of New Taxes”
Daily Mail has a readership of 1.34 million and the Mail on Sunday a
readership of 2.61 million. Online readers are an estimated 4.2 million.
published in 1896 it quickly became a cheerleader for Empire.
Harmsworth is the great-grandson of one of the original owners.
1924, the Daily Mail published the forged Zinoviev letter, which
claimed falsely that British Communists were planning violent
revolution. This was thought to be a significant factor in the defeat
of the Labour Party in that year’s general election.
Rothermere was a friend of Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and
Rothermere's 1933 leader "Youth Triumphant" praised the new
Nazi regime's accomplishments. Rothermere predicted that "The
minor misdeeds of individual Nazis would be submerged by the immense
benefits the new regime is already bestowing upon Germany". The
Daily Mail was sympathetic to Oswald Mosley and an article titled "Hurrah
for the Blackshirts", praised Mosley for his "sound
commonsense” and encouraged "Young men” to join the British
Union of Fascists.
DAILY EXPRESS: owner Reach plc, formerly Trinity Mirror, and bought in 2018 from Richard Desmond, who has an estimated wealth of
Daily Express headline on Jeremy Corbyn “Burn Your Hard-Earned
Daily Express has a readership of 315,000 and the Sunday Express a
readership of 605,000. Online readers are an estimated 95, 000
Daily Express was first published in 1900 by Sir Arthur Pearson. Its
sister paper, the Sunday Express, was launched in 1918.
the late 1930s, and under the ownership of Lord Beaverbrook, the paper
advocated the Chamberlain government. appeasement policies towards
2000, Express Newspapers was bought by Richard Desmond, publisher of
celebrity magazine OK! and numerous porn publications. Peter Hitchins
moved to The Mail on Sunday, saying working for the new owner was a
‘moral conflict of interest’. Frying pan and fires comes to mind
Reach plc are also owners of the Labour-supporting Daily and Sunday Mirror . Good business covers all eventualities!
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