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A tale of two parties: Press and television coverage of the campaign

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posted on 14.03.2019 by David Deacon, John Downey, David [Social Sciences] Smith, James Stanyer, Dominic Wring
This study provides a comprehensive assessment of the issues and personalities that defined an election dominated by the two major parties and particularly their leaders. Coverage of the so-called ‘electoral process’ was not as prominent in this campaign, with a boost in the reporting of policy reflecting the impact of Labour’s leaked manifesto together with the Conservative’s ‘dementia tax’ problems. The government’s social care plans even led some normally supportive newspapers to briefly switch from attacking Labour to criticizing the Conservatives. Despite the recent experience of the EU referendum, and the related controversy over immigration, this topic was not as dominant as some predicted it would be at the beginning of the campaign. This reflected the way other issues, such as security in the aftermath of the atrocities, asserted themselves on the news agenda.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Political Communication in Britain Campaigning, Media and Polling in the 2017 General Election

Pages

23 - 41 (19)

Citation

DEACON, D. ... et al, 2019. A tale of two parties: Press and television coverage of the campaign. IN: Wring, D., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. (eds). Political Communication in Britain: Campaigning, Media and Polling in the 2017 General Election. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.23-41.

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan © The Authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is a pre-copyedited version of a contribution published in Wring, D., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. (eds). Political Communication in Britain: Campaigning, Media and Polling in the 2017 General Election published by Springer. The definitive authenticated version is available online via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00822-2

Publication date

2019

ISBN

9783030008222;9783030008215

Language

en

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