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The Daily Mirror is a newspaper I read in print quite often. It's the preferred tabloid of my partner although I find it lacking in a lot of aspects and personally choose to read other publications.
The newspaper tends to carry sensationalist stories as their leading story. They often focus on celebrity stories and scandals. The type of celeb featured is often an actor from a UK soap whom I've never actually heard of.
The newspaper lends it's voice to the Labour party in the UK so it often carries stories about controversial policies introduced by the Conservative party. It also tends to carry rather petty stories which demoralise all of the other political parties in the UK.
I find the gossip and entertainment pages, which usually stretches over two pages, to be frivolous and lacking in any substance. It tends to feature short snippets or one or two lines of personal opinion by the journalists. They tend to read as though they are being addressed to very young children.
Some positive features of the newspaper include the Friday entertainment supplement which gives a round up of new film and music releases. Very often, however, they feature an article about a release in which artists or actors are interviewed and the tone and approach of this will differ from the actual reviews of the music/movies in the same supplement. I find this contradiction rather amusing.
I also like the television guide pages which are set out clearly and which feature a page of reviews. A Saturday magazine supplement supplies listings for the week with in depth articles about upcoming programs. This is quite interesting and helpful and gives some insight into what programs are popular, critically acclaimed or otherwise.
The newspaper has regular health features and a problem page which is answered by Coleen Nolan. I find the advice Nolan gives to be very unprofessional and bordering on being dangerously blasé in particular to the more serious issues she is asked to assist with. The health feature page is very good though with high quality medical advice set out in a way which it's easy to understand and intelligent comment by Dr Miriam Stoppard.
I like the gardening feature much more now since they changed focus towards gardening for wildlife. There is a regular 'jobs for the week' feature which is helpful as well as guides to plants, flowers and trees.
The sport section of the paper is predominantly football related with usually only a few inches reserved for other sports. As a tennis fan I do find it frustrating that even after huge competitions there often isn't even a mention in the sports segment!
I personally don't get a lot of reading the newspaper although it's markedly better quality than several other tabloids on offer. I would recommend it to those who enjoy light stories without too much opinion and investigative work.
I really don't know where to begin with whats wrong with this newspaper..
Perhaps i'll start with my backstory on how in my own opinion this paper is bad for the press in general, but worse bad for Britain.
During my childhood and teenaged years, i grew up with the Daily Mirror, my parents were avid readers. The reason for their choice i recall was mostly for the layout, print, size and it included a decent tv guide on Sundays. I remember many articles and headlines, from feeling the anger they rallied in stopping John Major being elected to feeling upset reading the coverage of the late Princess Diana's death.
However in my late teenage years i began to question what i was reading. The headlines and articles i read in the mornings greatly differed to what i was watching on BBC or ITV news of an evening, the same stories told in such a different fashion. I didn't particularly understand the difference between tories and labour, i had grown up to despise the Conservative Party as i had read derogatory articles every single day. My parents were also quite anti-tory, when i asked why they couldn't really provide a solid answer. They recited a few half remembered scare tactic headlines, but even at 14 i was pointing out thats not what was said on the news at 10.
After i realised the huge differences in the information i was receiving, i had to find a bottom line truths. At this point my opinion toward the mirror had declined from being great to indifferent. The answer was simple, over a period of a week or fortnight, i looked at google news. From there, the UK news topics were grouped per story and you're able to view each story from a different news outlet. No gasp for the predictable, the Daily Mirror always had and still does stick out like a sore thumb. I would provide citations but if you take a look for yourself it will become quite clear that the newspapers agenda is to distort your perception of the political system by systematically bombarding you with half truths. Not that it lies outright, but a more sinister method of suppressing, justifying or simply omitting labours inadequacies and failures. It again extends half truths and distortion toward the Conservatives, such as something to the effect of "Tories will axe housing benefit" when in reality all that is proposed is a monthly cap on housing benefits to £2400. Something that the vast majority of Labour voters would agree is the right thing to do, but the paper wouldn't print that as it would begin to invalidate their stance.
I realised that all newspapers lean politically to the left, right or centre. But in my opinion the Daily Mirror takes it too far. I am very lucky and rare to take an interest in being objective about what i read, and despite growing up with this at my door every morning throughout childhood. I am however concerned about the countless others who read the paper that never gain an objectivity into these things. I believe that any decent news outlets should not be far from the centre in order to provide a reasonable synopsis in current affairs in order for the reader to digest the truth of the matter and make them better equipped to not only to decide what vote to cast in the next election but to also not to look like a dogmatic fool echoing words of preaching journalists in conversation.
I have never wrote something like this before, nor am i greatly interested in politics. I am just interested in reading the bottom line free of entangled opinion. Also if you are anything like my mother who say's she only buys it for the crosswords, im not a psychologist but im damn sure over a period of time it would have a subliminal effect on you!
Thanks for reading, Adam.
The daily mirror is a popular newspaper and has a claim to fame as tv personalities like piers morgan and anne robinson has worked on it. The newspaper provides a varies of interesting articles including fashion, a celebrity section, politics, miram stoppard problem page and reams of sport information. The paper seems to write with a strong labour view so if you are a supporter of another party then you might find the views are a little offensive. However Im pleased to say this newspaper does not have the page three section as I hate this when you flip the page over and there is a half naked women staring at you and always when your sat next to someone you dont know. The newspaper is well written, makes an interesting read and is up to date with its information. Unfortunately if you are on a budget it is a more expensive newspaper then the other papers around. However the information provided in it is worth the money
The Daily Mirror has always been the number one tabloid in our toilet......Sorry that's The Sun! I remember The Daily Mirror being perched upon our sofa every day as a child, and then my neurotic Mother coming along and screaming because the print had gone all over her beloved upholstery!
I used to think of The Mirror as a true representitive of socialism throughout the country, especially in the days of 'old but not so old school' leaders like Micheal Foot and John Smith. Nowadays it's all about sensationalism and how their paper like all other tabloids and journalists' are able to disect and analyse every politician to make them look ridiculous and incompentent. That seems to be the intent now of The British Press as a whole!
The Daily Mail of course stands out like 'The Bogeyman under the stairs cupboard, ready to jump out and give us all a coronary! No wonder their readers' are a bunch of paranoid curtain twitchers! HE'S BEHIND YOU. UNDER THE STAIRS!
Anyway there are two journalists' I like from The Mirror. Brian Reade: Always a true socialist, with an acute eye for great satire! I find some of his articles very funny and very much likes to champion the undergog!
Tony Parsons: Although his stuff carries a lot of sentamentality, there's a lot of truth in what he says mostly to do with social aspects of the country. 'Oh My God the country's going to the dogs', nevertheless he does analyse things in a sound and logical way!
There's a woman called Fiona Philips who writes the biggest load of crap you can imagine! I take that bit to the bog!
The sports news is pretty comprhensive, but it pretty much seems to be in every tabloid now. Overall I like The Mirror and think it's worth 45p.
I used to like my fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Page 3 kept them warm!
I quite like the daily Mirror. It seems less in your face than other tabloid newspapers. It is not as horrified at the world or try to make its readers as scared as the daily mail or other tabloids do.
The daily mirror covers current news events but does not try to sensationalise them, or uncover the scandal. It seems like a more unbiased newspaper just telling the news and giving opinion now and then rather than scaring people about everything.
The stories are well written and there is not a naked lady in sight so it is less intimidating to read than other newspapers. Aswell as general news, Daily Mirror also covers celebrity news although it does not take over the whole newspaper and there is a good balance.
The newspaper has something for everyone including a substantial sport section and a puzzle and crossword section that I always enjoy doing although I can't always complete them.
The Mirror would not I suspect be the first choice of someone who is interested in the news. But hold a while I hear you say it is a newspaper and it sells in millions. QED it meeting someone's needs as a newspaper.
Well OK we will have to consider what is news. If news is wondering who Jerry Hall is dating, and what Bill Clinton's brother is like (ordinary as it happens), and what Nicole (Appleton of course) and Liam (you must know - Gallagher) are up to then this is a news paper for you. If news however is analysis of what is happening behind the headlines then the articles for the attention-deficient-reader style of the newspaper is probably not going to satisfy you. In this respect the Mirror does reflect the wishes of its readership. As yet I have not seen gangs of marauding people forcing them to part with their money. No The Mirror remains their newspaper by choice.
But actually I find it hard to be excessively critical of The Mirror because despite the excessive interest in celebrities and the minutae of their lives there is a robust honesty about the Mirror which is lacking in The Sun and The Star. Of the lower market or populist tabloids it still tries to cover news effectively and without the absurd sensationalism of The Sun/Star and without too overt a bias like the Mail. I find it hard these days to know what The Express stands for.
Sports coverage is quite good though restricted to Soccer/Rugby/Horse Racing mainly. They do not really have the authoritative writers to cover boxing or cricket well for example. The Mirror is generally an easy light read, a few quizzes, crosswords, puzzles, the horoscopes, this is the way of tabloids today.
In the final analysis The Mirror does what it sets out to do well but at 32p I'll pay the extra 3p for my Times.
I am not personally a tabloid reader. But out of the main red-top tabloids (Sport, Sun, Star, Mirror), it is definitely the best out of them. It is not personally a paper that caters for my tastes as it very left wing politically and supports Labour. But other than politics it is not an awful paper. It takes the proper news more seriously than The Sun and its not obsessed with Big Brother like the Star. While I am not actually a Mirror reader I certainly rate it head and shoulders above the trashy Sun.
The Daily Mirror (sister paper to the Sunday Mirror) is a Labour orientated tabloid newspaper available Monday to Saturday (32p Mon.-Fri, more expensive Sat, due to additional supplements). Although it is mainly Labour orientated, it has shown in recent weeks that it is prepared to speak out against the government and believes in the freedom of speech, with articles giving the Pros and Cons of the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Regular supplements throughout the week included Football Mania (Mondays), Mirror Money (Wednesdays), The A List – news and reviews on entertainment, etc (Fridays) and on Saturdays there is Home Life, M Magazine (women’s magazine) and Racing Life as well as the TV Guide for the following week. Every day, there are Horoscopes by Jonathan Cainer- there was real hype about this astrologist joining The Mirror, just as there was great hype about him joining The Express newspaper. Unfortunately, most of his “predictions” are gobbledygook and make no sense – Sagittarians had quite a run of “Hammer Horror” style predictions, with him ranting about how Igor was going to chase them, etc. Amy’s I (articles about the net, including comments on broadband access, useful sites, unusual sites and on Saturday s there is a full page spread, usually about new items to purchase for computers and news from exhibitions. Very useful information – supplemented well by Carol Vordeman’s 3 pages on Fridays about particular topics, e. g education, tracing family history, sport. 6 cartoons, including Andy Capp – a well known character Miriam Stoppard’s problem page – she often gets young people to help her answer problems submitted by teenagers, which is a brilliant idea. On Tuesdays, she submits a problem, and asks for readers to submit their responses before summing up her own views – anothe
r interesting idea, which certainly gives much food for thought. She also regularly reports on a particular topic (full page spread) with health and psychological consequences, e. g Depression, Arthritis, Asthma, etc – usually with a list of helpful addresses to write to for more information and telephone numbers. She has recently been doing an A-Z of useful organisations to contact, which has proved very interesting reading. Sport pages. Crosswords and letters pages, with the ability to email letters (firstname.lastname@example.org) On Thursdays there was a page called Judge Jacobs, which advised people about aspects of the law, and possible solutions to a great many legal problems, such as neighbour disputes, divorces, reclaiming money when items not received/faulty etc. This was a great read, as he was down to earth, funny, and direct and often wrote his responses as poems. Unfortunately, Mr Jacobs died recently but his page had been missing from the paper for at least a month maybe two prior to his death, but as nothing had been put in the paper to explain, I thought that the journalist had perhaps moved onto another paper. That is, until I saw the obituary that was put in The Mirror the day after his demise. The editorial content sometimes goes overboard on one particular topic. This means devoting 12 or more pages to the subject, which is to be expected for certain topics such as terrorism, death of a royal, war, etc, but sometimes the topic is a celebrity wedding or divorce – which is more suited to Hello or OK magazines! Overall, the paper is a good read – easy to understand, well written, gives good coverage of a variety of subjects and provides plenty of historical information/background when needed – the only downside is I don’t always have time to read it all, so I save it up for Sunday afternoons some weeks. Although, the paper is Labour orientated they are no
t afraid of campaigning against the government and are currently advertising against Bush/Blair wars on Iraq, including incorporating this into a TV advertisement. The paper was all for Labour getting in both terms of office and are often criticizing both Consrevative and Liberal Democrats. Their coverage of the election was rather biased towards Labour winning but they included in their well-written articles details of all parliamentary candidates policies. The articles are written in plain English with all jargon and abbreviations clearly explained. If they print articles that are incorrect – even slightly such as the age of the participant and they are notified of their mistake - they have a daily ‘For the Record’ article (usually on the Letters page) where they correct their mistakes and apologise. I do not read all the paper, as I find the gossip pages (3 am and Scurra) are too absurd for words. They show pictures of so-called celebrities attending the opening of an envelope, usually falling over drunk or writing belittling, derogatory comments about non-entities such as Narinder from Big Brother. I do not often read the Editor’s Comments but I regularly read the Gardening page on Saturdays which has lots of useful tips. The Holiday pages often give suggestions as to where to go at a particular location and has an interesting piece on internet sites to find unusual holiday destinations – well worth a look. There are plenty of pictures to tantalise and a regular feature is the comparison of the pound against the main local currencies and the temperatures of several European cities. For more information, there is also a website (not yet checked myself), www.mirror.co.uk or just pop in your local newsagents and BUY a copy! Werewolf2
I don't really have a lot of choice about which paper I read on the morning train journey to work. The cramped nature of the seats and the overcrowding in the carriages (hmmm... op on Central Trains coming up soon, I suspect) mean that broadsheets are out for a start. The Daily Mail is far too right wing for me, and the Express, which used to be rightwing and bland, is now merely bland. The Star isn't a newspaper in any case, and I could never bring myself to read the Sun after having lived in Liverpool. Today was a paper I rather liked, but Murdoch killed it when it started being too sensible. There's the Metro freesheet, of course, but I like to support my local kiosk which is being badly undercut by it. So that leaves the Mirror - strictly speaking, the Daily Mirror, as it has reverted to its original name. And it has to be said that in recent months the paper has improved almost out of all recognition. Prior to 11th September, it generally gave the impression of trying to outdo the Sun in matters of tastelessness and tackiness (which is, as we all know, a pretty tall order), and I began to be ashamed of being seen with it, hiding it behind my much more upmarket Sunday Sport. Since the terrorist attacks, however, a tremendous improvement has been apparent, and I now feel something almost akin to pride when I hand over my 20p. (It's 32p in some parts of the country, and 20p in others - can't say I approve of this sort of dual pricing, but I live in a cheap area!) So, what does the newspaper offer me? Well, first and foremost it now contains news, which makes a change. Piers Morgan, Mirror editor and sometime Sun inmate, decided on 11/9 (over here, 9/11 is in November, okay?) that there were - gasp! - more important things in life than Michael Barrymore [note: I wrote this bit before he returned to the news yesterday!], and announced that henceforth the paper would aim to return to its great days as a campaigning organ under th
e legendary (which usually means overrated, but I'm too young to remember that far back) editor, Hugh Cudlipp. At the time, probably the majority of people assumed that this strategy would be quietly forgotten once the dust of the Twin Towers had settled, and that the Mirror would return to its "tackier than thou" war with the Sun. In fact, Morgan has stuck to his guns, and the Mirror now clearly sits in a niche above the other redtops (to the extent of abandoning its own red masthead). There have still been plenty of front pages dealing with soap stars and the like, but we've also seen splashes on executions in Afghanistan, the Israel-Palestine conflict, railway safety, Europe and Camp X-Ray. The last two are for me the most interesting of the bunch, as they give a good idea of where the Mirror's principles lie. (Blimey, a tabloid with principles - what will they think up next?) Let's look at Europe first: the Mirror is the only tabloid to be unashamedly pro-Europe, pro-EU and pro-euro, in the teeth of vicious opposition from the rest of the popular press.It's harder to argue the somewhat intangible benefits of a long-term engagement with the EU than it is to scream "out, out, out!", and the Mirror deserves a lot of credit for sticking to its guns here. Having said that, it can look a little uncomfortable when it reports some genuine Euro-idiocy. But in general it doesn't waver from its belief that co-operation between the UK and EU is good for both parties. Of course, the fact that I agree with this stance can't do other than to help its standing in my mind.... Much the same, but in spades, can be said about the paper's coverage of the so-called "War Against Terrorism", and in particular the behaviour of Dubya and his Magic Axis of Evil. When the Mirror ran, for several consecutive days, a series of strongly-worded front-page stories condemning the treatment of American prison
ers at Guantanamo Bay as immoral, an accompanying poll of its readers found that no less than 90% disagreed with the editorial line and supported the US. Yet not only did the paper have the guts to print a double-page spread of its readers criticisms, rather than bury the poll results on page 37, it also ran a leader maintaining its line and telling its readers that it believed that they were wrong, and that were the US allowed to make up the rules as it went along, that way would lie anarchy. (Fast forward to today's row about the International Criminal Court, which is an op in itself - except that DY declined my request to add it; I suppose it's not "consumer" enough...) It was a brave move to re-employ John Pilger, who is not going to make many friends with his uncompromising "why everybody except me is wrong about everything" articles, but has the capacity to shock people out of their complacency on occasion - for instance, did you know that Australia is the only developed country in the world with a significant rate of trachoma, because of years of official neglect of Aboriginal welfare? Whatever you think of his views, he's a big name with a strong voice, and I think he's an asset overall. The more general day-to-day news pages are, if we're bring honest, not in the same league. They're usually reasonably competently put together, if sometimes a little overwritten, but it's rare that one will stick in the memory. Paul Routledge's columns on politics can be entertaining, if a little incestuous, but the Scurra diary column doesn't really have a spark to it. You can get the impression that these pages are put in just to mark time between the splashes and the features. Those features, though, do redeem things quite a bit. The Mirror, for all its new-found seriousness, is still at heart a tabloid, and that means a healthy quota of celebrity scandal, at which the 3am page excels. The
old Matthew Wright column (remember him?) was quite a hard act to follow, but the 3am girls in their various incarnations have done brilliantly. As with most gossip columns, you can sometimes think that certain people are let off lightly because of friendship with the writers, but you certainly can't say that about Wicked Whispers, which has been very widely copied. Here, on a strictly no names, no packdrill basis, we are given gossip, innuendo, nudges and winks galore about some celeb's misbehaviours. In a few cases - such as the recent spots about a Premiership footballer seen enjoying an "intimate moment" with a (male) airport steward, you can cross-reference the various times the same story has appeared and get a reasonable idea of who the culprit might be. (Sorry, I can't - libel laws, y'see....) A rather less successful introduction (actually, reintroduction) has been the Cassandra column, wherein the eponymous write fulminates at length about the issues of the day - has a moan, to put it bluntly. I know this was a staple of the Mirror back in Cudlipp days, but frankly it's often flat and disappointing, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it quietly slip away. Further back in the paper are some very enjoyable columns. Jonathan Ross's film reviews are usually great fun, and - unlike some newspaper reviewers I could think of - he doesn't pull his punches. For instance, he wasted no time in tearing into the "gratuitously offensive" I Am Sam and awarding it no stars at all. (I agree with that verdict, by the way.) Justice With Jacobs gives legal advice and, quite often, insults when he considers someone to be in it for the money - "be thankful for what you've got and stop grasping, you old bat" being a typical example. I wonder what he makes of Claims Direct? <g> Related to this is "Sorted" (which should surely be pronounced "sor-ed" in an East
Enders-type way) with those silhoutted Roger Cook types, Penman and Greenwood. (Their photos were printed in older columns, so I don't really see the point in hiding their faces now.) They seem to have a reasonable success rate in jumping out in front of con artists and waving court judgements at them, thoughthere's not a huge amount they can do in the end. Turning to more reputable business practices, "A Spoonful of Sugar" features Amstrad tycoon Sir Alan Sugar (I loved that PCW!) dispensing surprisingly readable advice on the world of commerce and enterprise (is that two worlds? Never mind), though it seems to come down to "get your advertising right, believe in what you sell and run a mile from dodgy patent firms". At weekends, there's the glossy (read: for the little woman, though they'd never admit it) M magazine, which has a "little sister" in the week (which isn't glossy, and is usually better). There's also a racing pullout, but as I know nothing about the sport I can only remark that the full-colour illustrations of the various jockey's colours should come in useful. "Amy's i" is the tech column, and can be fun, though I feel it was more enjoyable when written by Matthew Kelly. Sport is a staple of any tabloid, and the Mirror is no exception. Of course, that usually means acres and acres of football, and so it is here. The stories can be stretched a bit thin, but when you've got to fill anything up to 30 pages with soccer (a perfectly good British word, by the way; the Americans just pinched it), there isn't really much choice but to spin things out. It's a shame they lost Harry Harris to the Express, though - maybe he didn't want go to Japan (allegedly) but he still writes well. Away from football, Mike Walters writes well on cricket, a sport that never feels entirely secure in tabloid surroundings. It's not the Telegraph, but it&
#39;s acceptable, though it would be nice if we had someone other than Ian Botham as expert whinger occasionally. F1 and boxing also get reasonable space, but golf and athletics fans (particularly the latter) will feel very left out - the coverage of Dwain Chambers' successes this season has been appalling. Lastly, we come to the most important part of the paper - the cartoons! The most famous is probably Andy Capp, who continues despite the recent death of his creator, Smythe. Sadly, the new strips only rarely touch the comic heights of the original. The Mandy strip (sometimes that word is taken a little too literally!) is usually better these days, though it now seems to be forgotten that she was originally Mandy *Capp*. The Perishers are a British institution I'm always slightly surprised to see are still going, and I think they're great, but the Real Life strip is usually rather feeble. Finally, there's Scorer, a sort of Roy of the Rovers with extra bare flesh - as I hinted above, the cartoons page isn't really suitable for kids! So, as you've seen, you get a fair amount for your money (even if you have to pay 12p more than me - nyaahhh!), and although it's perhaps going a little bit far to say that you could rely on it as a sole news source, you'll certainly get a far better and more rounded picture from it today than you would have got a year ago. Oh yes, and it's not owned by Murdoch - that has to count for something!
The Mirror is a strange paper. It has good features like Kellys i and bad features like it's political slant in every piece produced. Rather than simply report the news, it's much like a TV newsreader who feels that everyone tunes him/her in because they want to hear their opinion rather than just the facts (and thus forcing the public to create their own opinions -GASP!-). It's sensationalism is both it's worst feature and one of it's better qualities. The facts are usually in there, you just need to sift through the writer's attempts to become a left-leaning fiction author to get to them. However, a great deal of entertainment can be had from reading them all the same, so long as you recognise that not all of the facts you should form an opinion on are there. 85% fat-free is still 15% fat (but then The Mirror would likely ask, "is that saturated or non-saturated fat?"). It jumps on every bandwagon that comes up the street. This is not necessarily a bad thing except that, rather than report on the underlying issues, it will 'create' it's own down-market gutter story to go with it. This is particularly true when it comes to days when there isn't a lot of public sentiment going towards any issue. The Mirror's political slant ranges from centre-left to radical-left. They would probably feel that they present an 'even' view given that they also have Tony Parsons. Tony Parsons presents the ultra-right view whenever they wish to take a poll or need to make their views look more proper. Mr Parsons is so far right, I'm nearly convinced that he is paid more to write that way so their "un-biased" national polls (a true laugh) go 92% their way. Two good example stories come to mind immediately that were both oversimplified sensationalism and also a good entertaining read all the same. Bush reviews his 'nuclear threat' contingency plans and suddenly he's a Texan look
ing at his rifle cabinet with a look of glee, ready to throw his missiles all over the world (insert evil laugh here). The fact is, every nuclear-capable country on the planet has contingency plans and if they aren't reviewed regularly for the newer nuclear-armed countries, you've got a problem. A typical "non-news" day headline story piece. Bush-Blair consider removing Saddam from Iraq. The Mirror goes on to write a two-page 'timeline' of what will happen. it even goes all the way down to the last day where we have nuclear armegeddon (with nice colour photos to go with each timestamp). I never have laughed so much at a piece and I've saved it just in case. In short, a good read for entertainment value and the price is exceptional. A bad read for factual news reporting (though it typically beats The Sun by miles). Like all tabloids, the reader should base their opinion on more than one source, this is certainly no exception.
I have been buying the daily mirror regularly for some time now, and feel that the standards of a previously interesting newspaper have been somewhat lowered. In this article i will argue that the supposed 'Newspaper of the year' is a pathetic excuse for journalism. Today's issue has a picture of one of the big brother housemates in the pool, legs akimbo, on the cover to show that the program is sleazy. Considering that the program is only showed after 10pm on terestrial channels, i would argue that the only sleazy aspect of the progam is shown in lazy editors trying to attract attention by displaying such photographs on their front pages. Needless to say i do not wish to be unnecesarily confronted with such images, especially over breakfast. The Mirror is traditionally a working class newspaper, but has recently made attempts to move away from other working class newspapers such as the Sun, using avertising slogans such as "The guts not the gutter". Why then, one has to wonder is the reader bombarded with images of semi-naked women, and visable nipples on the same spot they would occupy in the sun. The suposed gossip column consists of three tarts attending 'numerous' showbiz parties only to come up with the riveting story that "Hugh Grant was seen working out at Regent's Square gym", and alegations that these are constructed lies have been levelled. But wait there's more. The whole of page 31 is dedicated to celebrities getting out of cars badly and revealing a little too much. Isnt there something else to write about to fill up the space? Decent articles one would hope. But alas the Mirror falls here too. From my daily newspaper i would like to read exciting, interesting articles, not the depressing, pathetic stories i am faced with. The only redeeming feature of the newspaper are the investigative features, but these too are sadly flawed. A wide range of information
on controversial political issues is gathered and presented but such articles do little more than give blame, offering no real strategy or solution. Im sure we all know the solution to such a problem is to buy a better newspaper, and thankfully, should not be a problem.
"THIS WAR IS A FRAUD" says the Mirror front page. Too bl**dy right! No wonder the Mirror's circulation is shooting up. (Wonderful Channel 4 was the first to point out that the war on Afghanistan is a war about OIL! The rich elite in the US and Britain want to get their hands on the THREE TRILLION dollars worth of oil in Central Asia and pipe it through Afghanistan. October 25, Channel 4 news explained that "THE GULF WAR WAS LARGELY ABOUT OIL...THIS ONE IS TOO." No wonder the BBC news is now a total laughing-stock, as people realise their scripts are written by the CIA/Pentagon/New Labour/New Fascists.) The Mirror's story states "British forces are little more than mercenaries for the hidden agenda of US imperial ambitions... After three weeks bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan... (The Taliban offered to hand over bin Laden but the US said it was not interested) American pilots are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross warehouses, lorries carrying refugees.... The Taliban is a creation of ...the CIA... When the Taliban took Kabul in 1962...Taliban leaders were soon invited to Houston, Texas, to be entertained by executives of the oil company Unocal. A US diplomat said 'The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis did.' He explained that Afghanistan would become an American oil colony, there would be huge profits for the West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. 'We can live with that' he said. The deal fell through.... This is no war on terrorism. If it was, the Royal Marines and the SAS would be storming the beaches of Florida, where more CIA funded terrorists, ex-Latin American dictators and torturers are given refuge than anywhere on earth...." The Mirror is also SPORT: a top class 20 page su
pplement by quality writers. There's a column about the NET. And Matt Kelly tells us that the top UK searches are 3. Free downloads 2. Sex (Lol. Get it?) 1. (top search)Bin Laden (CIA agent?) I like the cartoons. Andy Capp and the Perishers are joined by Scorer and a number of others. The letters are lively. There's a well written attack on Paul McCartney's appearance in new York. Jonathan Cainer does his horoscopes. Scorpio "You know too much", Aries "The only thing that got damaged was the thing you didn't need".....Cainer impresses many (although the S.Telegraph still has the best horoscopes) There are 3 great crosswords. The TV page is well laid out in big print so you can see what's on. There are detailed descriptions of programmes. Miriam offers sensible advice on problems, whether it's the boozy partner or the fear of anthrax. Showbiz: there are plenty stories about the rich and famous! Although it would be nice to have fewer appearances by Spice Girls and former Spice Girls. Sex: Model Niki IS wearing a top, which makes her more alluring. Then there's a kiss and tell story about a private school. Funny what people got up to in the 1960's. What do I not like? TONY PARSONS and his column. Tony Parsons would better suit the Jerusalem post or Sunday Sport. A newspaper is mainly about NEWS. So let's look a little more at the Mirror stories. ANTHRAX. The BBC's utterly useless and discredited Panorama programme was one long handout from the CIA's devious James Woolsey and friends, who were trying to place the blame for anthrax on the Iraqis. But the Mirror explained the truth. The FBI has said over and over and over that there are NO links between this anthrax and Iraq. The FBI has reported that US Nazi groups are probably behind the anthrax (if it's not the CIA).
PAKISTAN. The Mirror reports the murders of Christians. BUT, what it fails to point out is the nature of terror groups in Moslem countries. I lived in Indonesia. When churches got attacked in Indonesia, people usually blamed dirty tricks by the US trained security agencies. Think I'm joking? In 1958 a plane bombed a church in Indonesia killing everyone inside. A few days later a plane killed a large number of civilians on their way to church. Then the CIA's luck ran out. CIA pilot Allen Lawrence Pope was shot down and captured while carrying incriminating documents. What was the CIA trying to do? The US policy seemed to be to try to weaken and destabilise and divide the country, so it's oil wealth would be easier to control. Most Moslem 'terror' groups are CIA controlled. In Pakistan, only about 6% of Pakistanis vote for extremist parties. But the US trained Pakistan secret service called ISI is extreme. According to Jane's intelligence Review, ISI controls the Army of Islam that comprises Al Qaeda and other militant groups who carry out terrorist attacks. Reportedly General Aziz is the boss of the Army of Islam and the controller of all opium cultivation and heroin refining and smuggling from Pakistan and Afghanistan. And what about OPINION? The VOICE OF THE MIRROR declares: "In Kabul, a father and seven of his children are killed as they ate breakfast in their home. Yet clare Short tells us we shouldn't get so emotional about this kind of thing... Ms Short is someone who is definitely suffering from a deterioration in her moral fibre. Another unimpressive spectacle is our Foreign Secretary Jack Straw (friend of mass torturer and murderer Pinochet) who went on TV yesterday to say the Press is suffering from a lack of humility and memory when we raise the alarm bells about what is going on. What a damn cheek particularly f
rom a party so steeped in a lack of those two qualities itself.... The people of this country remain distinctly unconvinced that bombing the hell out of Kabul will stop...more atrocities." (In a Channel 4 programme, with an audience chosen to be a typical cross section of the public, approx voted 50% against the war and approx 50% for the war. The numbers of people suspicious of the government grows day by day.) Conclusion: The Mirror is getting better and better, and although not perfect, it will leave you far more enlightened than if you read the smelly old fascist SUN, so beloved of phoney Blair.
I have read the Daily Mirror ever since I was old enough to actually want to read it. It’s the best newspaper on the market in my opinion. Its not to “comicy” (like the Sun) and it’s a lot easier to read than the likes of the Guardian or the Telegraph. The Daily Mirror has everything in it that I could want: News – The Mirror has a wide range of top class journalists and covers everything from the serious news to those little clips of news that make you laugh. It can be heart warming but can also be very direct and straight to the point with its opinions. Sport – No other paper can rival this for its coverage of football, probably more than it covers other sports to be fair. They have the leading Sports Journalist Harry Harris and they feature exclusives nearly everyday. Whats more, these exclusives actually do happen and they even told the world Sol Campbell will join Arsenal, and he did. Others mocked the Mirror for saying so, but in the end, they got it right. Entertainment – Those 3am girls are always at every party and drinking from every celebrities champagne glass. They don’t lie or make it up, they print the truth and its interesting to see what those oh so innocent celebs get up to. Kelly`s I – Simply the best technology and Internet column you will find in the world of the newspaper. He’s concise, fair and always has the latest developments in this ever-changing world. He features site of the day, which is a good laugh, and also the funniest pictures sent vie email, some weird, and some funny. It’s a clear paper, easy to understand and reasonably priced. I hope the Mirror continue their development of their excellent website as well. A very good read, something nice to wake up to and to sit down, with a cup of coffee and read what’s happening in the world.
The mirror is a tabloid newspaper and you can immediately see this due to its size and lay out The mirror is about half the size of a broad sheet. The front page has the large bright mirror title across the top and the whole of the front page is taken up by a picture of the main story along with large writing about the headline and a caption informing us that it is a picture exclusive. The mirror supports the labour party as opposed to other papers who support the conservatives and other political parties. So it will all ways take any chance it can to compliment the labour party and slate the conservatives and others. You can see this straight away when you turn to page two where it takes full advantage of slating some thing William Hague has done. And then on the opposite page it is complimenting some thing, which Tony Blair is about to do. So its politics are very biased to one party. Its representation of social groups can be very harsh and opinionated. UN-like other newspapers like the independent, which tries to have an overall view on issues and looks at both sides of the argument. The mirror gives its view on the issue no matter who or what the story its about. For example on page 13 it details the certain relationships the radio one DJ Sarah Cox has had through out the past few months, giving its opinion on each one and what it thinks of the DJ in general. We can see by just this article what kind of paper the mirror is and what kind of stories it distributes. We can also see that stories about famous people like David Beckham and his wife take more importance over world issues and serious stories.
I’m a student, you know shallow, uncaring prefers alcohol over any decent education so when I read a paper its not for the ‘real news’. I’ve got standards though, I don’t think I’ll ever sink as low as to read The Daily Star and if the Mirror is sold out I’m still hard pushed to by The Sun. The Mirror is a typical ‘Red Top’ paper, it’s got the ‘witty’ headlines, the abbreviated nicknames of politicians and the celebrity content. The Mirror is defiantly a step up from the aforementioned papers, maybe not always in writing style but in terms of content. Although there is a big focus of celebs it doesn’t stray away from main news stories too much. When they do report on main news stories it is done quite well. I’ve noticed that isn’t a paper that minces with it’s words and will say what it means, getting to the point quickly and not tip-toeing around any hard to read facts. Although you wont get the detail, depth and analysis you may get in The Mail or any of the Broadsheets what is there is enough to keep you abreast of the main issues happening in the UK (although it is not always the best for all the international news). Each article is adorned by a big picture and maybe a few others with the main text around it. Like most tabloids it does feature a lot of pictures and sometimes the writing suffers for it but this is what you would expect. Dotted around each page is also a little snippet of news, normally only a few lines long, giving a little, news story, sometimes they are worth reading, most of the time they’re just there to fill up the space. There also seems, with any paper, a certain bias towards the news stories inside. This became all too clear in the Election. The Mirror is 100% Labour. Tories are ridiculed and can do no right, with every opportunity taken to make Hague look like a fool. The Lib Dem’s f
air no better as they have one little ‘corner’ although really it’s just 3 lines. 3 small lines at that. However this is unavoidable nearly all papers are going to favour one party to another, although The Mirror sometimes gets a bit carried away which isn’t good if your looking for a well balanced and fair representation of all parties. The celebrity content is always apparent. Just today it has Geri’s workout technique taking half the front page. The headline is the Big Brother argument between Amma and Stuart, with 2 more pages dedicated to it. The only ‘real’ piece of news is a little column on the Jill Dando murder trial which is carried on for a page inside. Recently there has been a series on interviewing the ex of Sarah Lancashire and also Mick Jaggers ex Jerry Hall to name a few people. So you get the idea of the celebrity content? As far as other content go The Mirror does well. There is the magazine ‘M’ for the women, which is out as a non-glossy pull out on Tuesdays then a full blown glossy magazine on a Saturday. Every Saturday there is also ‘The Look’ which is basically a TV-Guide but it does have some nice features and interviews with some stars of TV Land. The listings are always well laid out and you don’t have to strain your eye because the pages aren’t cluttered up. For those people who like to read their star signs then Jonathan Cainer has a page dedicated to them. However I just don’t know what he’s going out about. My star sign for all this week was set in some medieval type land and what it was telling me I have no clue at all. Also there is the Mirror Money pull out (normally on Thursdays if memory serves me correctly) which I don’t tend to read really but thought I’d mention it. On Saturdays there is a section about the Home, last week it had a feature on the furniture inside the Big Brother house. Ot
her regular features include the gossip heavy 3am, normally near the middle of the paper when the main news starts to tail off. This page is a bit high and low, depending on what they see fit to right. Again its full of celebrity content, today being the story that the Spice Girls fan club has shut down. It also has little bits of who has been seen where. No real purpose other than to see what the stars are up to but its fun to read. There is a little half page technology section, brining new little bits of news from the IT world and a ‘e-hee’ joke picture and recommended website, sometimes the picture is actually quite funny. This also shares a page with the comic strips in nice full colour! And where would a tabloid be without its problem pages? Dear Miriam goes down well at something to have a giggle at when me and my mates have nothing else to do, her replies are typically cheesy and what any other sane person would say. Some of the problems are equally as funny. The Mirror also has some fantastic special offers that are worthwhile, which you can get for just collecting a few tokens. Recently, what grabbed by attention, was £5 off an album at Virgin Megastores and all I had to do was collect 5 tokens. Last week was a free bottle of wine at Safeways, another nice offer. The only drawback is that the offers are usually only redeemable on one set day but you can’t really argue because the standard is usually always high. Personally I really like the Mirror, sure its not the most informative piece of rag around, sure its one sided when it comes to politics and yes there are loads of stars inside but if that’s what you want then this paper is for you. If you don’t always have time to read loads of news then this will give you enough you will need. Obviously this will not appeal to people who like to read papers for the ‘real news’ in the UK and around the world but that stands to reason and t
hat’s why there are so many papers out there. The Mirror is ideal for people who want it not too heavy on the news and (relatively) light on the sleaze. It’s not perfect but no newspaper ever will be. Try it and you might like it. THE MIRROR IS A tabloid Celeb focussed An entertaining read THE MIRROR IS NOT Heavy on the news Pro-Tory The Star