Being slightly more temperate about Ms. Penny\’s latest

Sexism is the stock in trade of the tabloid press. Challenging it strikes at the very core of the business model, and that is what feminists and our allies must remain brave and clear-headed enough to do.

No, it isn\’t. It just isn\’t.

For a basic fact about the media world that Ms. Penny needs to understand.

Newspapers, TV shows, magazines, they do not tell us our prejudices, do not force those of the journalists or proprietor or business model upon us.

They chase those that are already extant.

That\’s what the business model is. Yes, I\’m sure it\’s a shock to find out that there are millions who think the way the Mail does. Millions who take the Sun because they are interested in a bit of gung ho nationalism, bad puns, bare tits and three letter crossword answers. That the paid circulation of Tribune shows that there\’s some four people in the entire country interested in the internal machinations of Left Labour.

But that is what the actual situation is. The problem is in us, if problem it be, not in our newspapers.

9 comments on “Being slightly more temperate about Ms. Penny\’s latest

  1. Sexism is the stock in trade of the tabloid press.

    How many men got interviewed for her job as feminist columnist, I wonder? Or did they assume only women could write about feminist issues?

  2. “Millions who take the Sun because they are interested in a bit of gung ho nationalism, bad puns, bare tits and three letter crossword answers.” … that’s a bit simplistic. The Sun is the best selling (by miles) because it is the best newspaper. The news is covered even if only a couple of well-written column inches. The paper is close to the people in its attitudes.

    The journalism is for the reader not the writer (Guardian etc take note).

    The sports coverage is excellent – my football team rarely get written about in the other papers, but they always send a journalist to cover their games and the write-up is written for both sets of fans – indeed they put our different versions for different regions with prominence to the ‘local’ teams – makes a difference from reading about one of the big teams with some passing reference to the fact that there was also another team playing.

    A visitor from abroad should take first the Sun if they want to learn something of us from our newspapers.

    A good paper, Murdoch is rightly proud of it (for all its faults).

  3. To johnny bonk’s comment I would add that the Sun’s crossword is hardly full of “three letter” answers, either. The cryptic clues can sometimes be so devilishly tricky I have to resort to the Quick clues (the answers are the same for both).

  4. johnny bonk.
    I’d pretty much agree with that even if their closeness to popular opinion leads to some illiberal attitudes which I dislike, most people who hate the Sun never actually read it it’s just knee jerk Murdoch hate. I usually only see it at work but I occasionally buy it if I’ve missed the Tuesday edition for their TV critic Ally Ross, a genuinely witty and insightful man, unlike Brooker at the Guardian who is just a misanthropic ranter.

  5. My better half, a reporter herself back in the day, maintains that the Sun has some of the best journalists. The reader gets the key points of the news in very few words; the reporters have done all the hard work for them.

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