Saturday, 30 July 2011

The priorities of the Sunday Express

Last week, the Sunday Express didn't think the bombing and shootings in Norway were important enough to put on their front page:

This Sunday, the paper has decided to lead on the fact that the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 on Friday broadcast a few swear words ('bullshit' twice, 'bastards' once) in a report about a 'campaign of abuse and intimidation' - including death threats - aimed at ME researchers:

Does Sunday Express editor Martin Townsend really think this is more worthy of a front page splash than the events in Norway?


  1. To be fair, after reading all the sensationalist reportage of the Norwegian thing grossly over-splashed all over every other paper, I find the Express's banal approach quite refreshing.

    Besides which, I thought this blog existed to point out all the inaccuracies of reportage and sensationalism rather than actually dictate what material should be printed and where.

  2. Add to that The Diana Express leading with pensions on Monday (when all the other papers led with either Norway or Amy Winehouse) and house prices on Tuesday. Wasn't the working title of "Drop The Dead Donkey" Dead Belgians Don't Count?

  3. Anonymous - This blog has never just been about inaccuracies and sensationalism. Also, this post wasn't about 'dictating' anything. It was simply pointing out the choices the Sunday Express made.

  4. Ah, but it wasn't just 'pointing out' those choices, though, was it? It was castigating those choices as inappropriate. It just seems that in recent weeks, there has been a move away from the quality of tabloid journalism to you being the sole arbiter of what should get put on the front pages, is all.

  5. "sensationalist reportage"? "oversplashing"? Seriously? This is what happens to major news stories; they get reported. I'd be interested in hearing what Anonymous thinks is a suitable story to pay attention to. And why critics of this blog are invariably too chicken to even give their first name, for that matter.


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