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Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign

Beckett, Charlie (2016) Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign. LSE Brexit (23 Jun 2016). Website.

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How well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public? Some outlets have fought valiantly to report the referendum campaign fairly, writes Charlie Beckett. Members of the public who complain they aren’t getting the facts must be joking. Nonetheless, the media take their cue from politicians, and campaigners’ strategy of destabilising the discourse while controlling their own message based on emotional appeals to voters has reaped a whirlwind. As the main parties show signs of imploding, it will have a long-lasting and damaging effect on democratic discourse.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Collections > LSE Brexit
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 08 May 2021 23:20

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