• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Media in the United Kingdom

Extracts from this document...


1) 'The press has a responsibility to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.' Discuss this view of the role of newspapers. The United Kingdom operates as a liberal democracy; thus certain rights and freedom of individuals are guaranteed. Just like in any other democracy, this cannot be done so entirely through the means of the government. Instead, we need the media. Without the media, true democracy cannot be experienced; as only when the freedom of speech is not suppressed can the public be informed and the government be scrutinised. This country has one of the highest newspaper readerships in the world. Indeed, they are one of the main forms of media and readers can choose from a variety of newspapers broadly covering a wide spectrum of political opinions. ...read more.


They stated that "Labour has lost it". Surely, this can no way be proven right or wrong. First, it is too complicated of an issue. Secondly, it is simply a matter of opinion which the voters will in turn decide. During the Copenhagen submit, the Daily Express, a right-wing British newspaper have criticised Brown for being a "Climate nut" whom will "ruin Britain". They criticised Brown's signing of the Copenhagen agreeing to pay millions of pounds in aid of third world countries to fight climate change. Now how can one judge if this was the truth? Surely, everyone has their own opinion on the matter of global warming. One can be a climate change sceptic, who would hold the position similar to the Daily Express doubting that human beings can do much and that the threat of climate change is minimal. ...read more.


From the spending of tax papers money on a duck house, toilet seats, second homes, most obscurely, pornography. The government was immediately forced into action and since then, regulations have been imposed to ensure MPs' expenses are more transparent. As seen, the newspapers can play a key role in exposing the truth even though it may be incapable of telling the truth due to the nature of politics. We must understand that it is really in our best interest that there is no truth when it comes to newspapers. The truth would imply an arbitrary view meaning we just get one side of the story. The existence of a diverse range of media covers all political opinions meaning no specific parties can "benefit" from the media. Daily Telegraph and Daily Express are examples of right-leaning newspapers whilst The Times Guardian are more left wing. Essentially, it is the individual's responsibility to take an interest in understanding politics and deciding what the truth to them is. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level General Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level General Studies essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the statement " Art changes the world as much as government and politicians ...

    4 star(s)

    painting by Dada, in order to create a new piece which belonged to the Dada art movement as opposed to the classical art movement, another example would be Andy Warhol, he is a leading figure or artist of the modern pop art movement.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The Global Problem of Counterfeit Medicine

    4 star(s)

    marketplace for counterfeit steroids containing medicines. These medicines are time and again frequently distributed through unofficial channels or illegitimate markets. High prices of medicines Most people tend to buy medicines that are better value for money, therefore when prices of medicines are elevated and the price degree of difference between matching products exist, there is ?

  1. Is Global Warming Real?

    degrees Fahrenheit to the earth's temperature it has caused the ice-caps to start to melting, this in turn will cause the sea levels rise, it is estimated that the sea levels could rise between 9 and 88cms. When the sea levels do rise, it will encroach on the land that humans, animals and plants live on.

  2. Compare and contrast the roles of Napoleon and Snowball in shaping the social structure ...

    Snowball had written all the windmill plans with careful thinking and use of time. Napoleon, however, had used his knowledge to write a fake letter said to be written by Snowball to have agreed to be a secret agent to the Foxwood Farm.

  1. an investigation into the lesiure indrestry in the uk and europ.

    The private sector is made up of a Variety of company's owned by individuals or companies whose main aim is to generate profits from the services and products which provide for their costumers. The main areas of the privet sector in the leisure industry take place in * Retail sale

  2. Should Melvin Burgess's controversial 'Junk' be kept on the curriculum?

    It is a proven fact that eighty percent of people are offered drugs in their teenage years. Eighty percent. It's a worrying but true fact. That tells us that drugs are an on going problem and this horrifying statistic needs to be decreased.

  1. Legal and Political Factors That Affect Tescos.

    Government Support ? Enhancing Skills of the Working Population Enhancing the skills of the working population which includes training schemes and education to their employees and staffs. The government does this for public services so employees are well trained and are ready to overcome situations This can be a negative

  2. Which diseases are more prevalent in your country and what can be done to ...

    There is a link between overweight and obesity to many types of cancer such as oesophagus, colorectum, breast, endometrium and kidney. Diets high in fruits and vegetables may have a protective effect against many cancers. C. Infectious diseases; Viral hepatitis B and C cause cancer of the liver; human papilloma

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work