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  • by gnat (29) on 2002.01.14 16:44 (#3135) Journal
    I guess I don't understand the politics and demographics of the tabloids. When I think about news being manufactured, I think of Fox News here in the US. It's a right-wing station masquerading as "no bias". There's a great analysis [] of the Fox News bias at

    The point is that I know where Fox News comes from. It panders to the conservative Christian mindset. It hounds the Clintons. It mocks "liberals". If Chelsea Clinton was busted smoking dope, the Clintons would be bad parents. If Jenna Bush was busted smoking dope, Dubya would be a strained parent trying hard to teach his kids important lessons about life.

    I don't have the same insight into the tabloids. At the simplest level it seems to be "sensationalize everything to sell more copies". Who buys the papers, though? Do the papers have a political agenda? Are they opposed or in favour of marijuana decriminalisation laws?

    I guess what I'm saying is that I could understand why the various US tv and newspapers would run a "famous kid smokes dope" story and why they might hype it up (or not). But I don't know the motivations behind the British press.

    I'm all ears ... :-)