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In praise of the popular press: the need for tabloid racism

TEMPLE, Mick (2010) In praise of the popular press: the need for tabloid racism. Politics, 31 (2). pp. 191-201. ISSN 0263-3957

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This article argues that the mainstream public sphere needs to provide a more accurate portrayal of public opinion on race and immigration. British newspapers are often accused of racism: that they might be representing the views of many of their readers is dismissed. The free circulation of ideas, however unpalatable some might be to ‘enlightened’ thought, is essential. The press can play a key role in a more inclusive public debate by allowing readers’ views greater prominence and by opening their news and comment pages to a wider range of opinion. Concerns that readers will be seduced by extremism say more about elite perceptions of the malleability of the masses than about concern for democratic debate.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P300 Media studies
P500 Journalism
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Michael TEMPLE
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 11:22
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 11:22
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514

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