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Daily papers - L or R political bias?

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Fennel Tue 01-Jun-21 17:25:41

I was scanning the headlines in Tesco today when a lady asked me if I could see the Express? which I couldn't. I asked her if it was Conservative or Labour.
She looked very puzzled and at last said "I suppose it's Conservative."
Question is, do many of us know that what is published by the press is politically influenced?

Galaxy Tue 01-Jun-21 17:27:36

No offense but if someone asked me that in Tesco I would move quickly away.

SueDonim Tue 01-Jun-21 17:32:13

Why would you ask if it was Conservative or Labour? confused

Fennel Tue 01-Jun-21 17:35:31

Yes I realise it was a strange question but it's something that interests me.
I must be getting Altzheimers.
She didn't seem to mind.

Fennel Tue 01-Jun-21 17:39:12

ps it was because I'd never heard of the Daily Express.

Dinahmo Tue 01-Jun-21 17:43:04


ps it was because I'd never heard of the Daily Express.

I don't believe that grin

Mollygo Tue 01-Jun-21 18:16:54


ps it was because I'd never heard of the Daily Express.

Not heard of the Express?
So which newspapers have you heard of?

SueDonim Tue 01-Jun-21 18:19:15

Gosh, I’d think that was a really rude question, if it wasn’t to somehow help in locating said newspaper.

foxie48 Tue 01-Jun-21 18:21:14

I've never asked anyone that question and have never read the Daily Express but I do have online subscriptions to The Guardian and The Telegraph as I like to have a political balance, I also have The Washington Post for a US perspective. It's really interesting to see what's seen as important news and also to see the different balance of opinion.

Talullah Tue 01-Jun-21 18:26:02

Would knowing if it was either Conservative or Labour help you locate it?

Spinnaker Tue 01-Jun-21 18:31:09

It's like announcing "and in the blue corner we have ..... and in the red corner we have ".....grin

Hard to believe the Daily Express is unheard of shock

Chestnut Tue 01-Jun-21 18:34:44

I would be confused if you asked me that as it doesn't relate to the location of said newspaper! 😂
There is a lot of venom towards certain newspapers where people don't believe they reflect their own political leanings, so you might get some strong views expressed.

Dinahmo Tue 01-Jun-21 18:53:02

Fennel In all seriousness I think that most people who write on the News and Politics forum know the political influences of the English press and the owners.

timetogo2016 Tue 01-Jun-21 18:57:59

Is there a liberal paper or a green party paper i wonder, i imagine the sun to be a loony party paper .
A very strange question imo.
Some posts/threads can be such fun.

varian Tue 01-Jun-21 19:56:47

No, The Sun is also a Tory Party paper - or is that the same as a loony party paper?

In the words of "Sir Humphrey" the Sun readers don't care who rules the country as long as she has big boobs.

Fennel Tue 01-Jun-21 20:22:34

I asked this partly because I'm concerned about the influence that the press have, and other media, on our choices. I include myself. We don't realise how much we're brainwashed. or don't want to realise it.
We can't get enough real facts to make rational decisions.

Fennel Tue 01-Jun-21 20:24:09

ps where has the News of the World gone?

silverlining48 Tue 01-Jun-21 20:25:05

its easier to list the leftish papers, which are The Guardian and the Daily Mirror. The rest are Tory.

Urmstongran Tue 01-Jun-21 20:25:21

Google it?

Urmstongran Tue 01-Jun-21 20:26:00

I meant the NotW paper. 😊

Galaxy Tue 01-Jun-21 20:27:26

The news of the world shut down when it was discovered they were hacking the phone of a murdered child.

SueDonim Tue 01-Jun-21 20:28:36

You’ve never heard of the Express and don’t know what happened to NotW?

Callistemon Tue 01-Jun-21 20:43:22


Why would you ask if it was Conservative or Labour? confused

Because the left wing papers are always on the left of the rack and the rightwing papers to the right.
The Independent should be somewhere in the middle.

Boom boom

SueDonim Tue 01-Jun-21 20:47:44

grin Callistemon. Of the two places I can think of locally that sell papers, one has them stacked on a whirly stand. The other seems to go top to bottom. Scottish papers at the top, English ones beneath and local rags at the bottom.

lemongrove Tue 01-Jun-21 20:49:17

Fennel the Express is a newspaper that has been around for a great many years, perhaps you have just forgotten about it.
We can’t remember everything.
I think if a person only reads one newspaper then they start to believe what a lot of it says.Probably best to read at least two with opposing views or none at all.