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Title: Still life in the old attack dogs: the press
Authors: Deacon, David
Wring, Dominic
Keywords: Political Communication
General Election
Press partisanship
Great Britain
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (individual chapters © respective authors)
Citation: DEACON, D. and WRING, D., 2015. Still life in the old attack dogs: the press. IN: Cowley, P. and Kavanagh, D. (eds.). The British general election of 2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.302-336.
Abstract: During the 2015 campaign there was considerable negativity and partiality in much press reporting; it was not difficult to find examples of where robust political partisanship descended into personal vilification. Some of this was the kind of journalism that had been repeatedly highlighted and criticized only a few years before, most notably in the House of Commons following the 2011 hacking scandal and subsequently during the ensuing year-long Leveson Inquiry. As a counter balance, some opinion-forming commentators believed this election might witness digital platforms assuming a more significant, potentially influential role in framing public participation in, and perceptions of, the contest. At the close of the campaign Alastair Campbell observed: ‘Why has social media been so important? Politicians aren’t trusted any more, business isn’t trusted like it was, the media is certainly not trusted like it was… The genius of social media, and the genius of Facebook is the concept of the friend. We trust our friends’.
Description: This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137366115. It has been reproduced with with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1057/9781137366115
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21439
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137366115
ISBN: 1137366109
Appears in Collections:Book Chapters (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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