The Influence of the Media – in today’s Political Climate

I am watching the press wranglings and the Labour Party moment of discontent with the news that the Sun is backing the Conservatives. While I personally do not read the Sun I am yet to wonder should I read the Sun as a Conservative Voter maybe not?

Also interestingly why is the Sun saying this ? is it that they are that influential to determine the outcome of a General Election?  The heading in a Guardian Article today states the Sun always back s the winner as usual

It will be interesting to see the other papers and who will be declaring their hands or will remain on the sidelines. This will also be the test as to whether or not the Sun always backs the winner.

What do you say please do comment.

  1. #1 by Ripstmomyc on September 30, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    ….While it has been observed that the Sun usually backs the winning party.The question is whether or not the Sun has any influence on how people vote! The Sun historically has not been a conservative paper, I think it only conveniently reflects the general consensus of the polls and then makes a declaration accordingly. Perhaps the Sun does this for its own self interest. I am not influenced by the Sun’s predictions. I am dissapointed with the Labour party, never the less what is the alternative?..The Tories…? Will they do any better under the leadership of Mr Cameron?
    I think not..! six of one vs. half dozen of another.

  2. #2 by Coulette on September 30, 2009 - 6:45 pm

    To be honest with you, the media coverage of today lacks the inhibition to be influential. I believe the people in this country are intelligent enough to look at the current situations within the government and make a legitimate decision for themselves.

    It is very difficult to determine the outcome of the elections by what the media is following or not following, but they can be influential as to “rock the boat” so to speak, but to really cast light on the situation, I hardly doubt it.

    Today’s politicians forget their mission, and that is is to serve the people. As we have seen through out the year their interests are dipping into tax payers money for their own private use. How sad.

    But really, the media is so overly used and so overly biased that at times I look at the headlines and already have in my head that out of this article I should only take about 10 percent of it, to gain anything from reading it, or even believe it.

  3. #3 by sylbourne on October 1, 2009 - 9:22 am

    It will be very interesting to watch how it unfolds.

    I am not sure if any one saw when the Prime Minister walked out or seems like he walked out of an interview with Adam Boulton from Sky News?

  4. #4 by Ripstmomyc on October 2, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Surprisingly enough the media is very good at influencing many people. In reference an earlier post, it canbe seen that one has a preconceived idea what the article is about. Having said that it is very easy to precieve how the media, whether the news cast of news reports can report information that can that can have untoward consequences. The untold truth is that very often these media outlets are very selfserving. One has to be less gulible and, devlop critical and analytical thinking in order to make an intelligent decision. I would certainly hope that the british electorate consider this when it goes to the polls.

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