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    Do you think they have a big influence on public support regarding political parties?
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    A hell of a lot. Remember that the press basically control what information reaches us. Less and less in the age of the internet and decline in newspaper circulation, however they can essentially manipulate what the majority of people read.
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    A hell of a lot. Remember that the press basically control what information reaches us. Less and less in the age of the internet and decline in newspaper circulation, however they can essentially manipulate what the majority of people read.
    I wonder though to what extent it really is the press manipulating the masses and not vice versa. After all, you will only read a paper if it is of any interest. Daily Mail readers wouldn't read the Daily Mail unless it pandered to their views.
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    1992 is in my opinion the best example, had it not been for that Sun Headline I'm quite certain it would have been a Hung Parliament followed by Lab/Lib Pact or Labour Victory....and of course considering Black Wednesday was shortly after that they should count themselves lucky.
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    (Original post by Anony mouse)
    I wonder though to what extent it really is the press manipulating the masses and not vice versa. After all, you will only read a paper if it is of any interest. Daily Mail readers wouldn't read the Daily Mail unless it pandered to their views.
    True, I guess it's a chicken and egg situation. Public opinion is formed according to what information reaches us and how it is presented, but then the press has to stay in touch with public opinion. I'd say increasingly it's public opinion dictating what the newspapers print, but traditionally I'd imagine it was the other way round.
 
 
 
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