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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 28 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: Press Gang: The True Story of How Papers Make Profits from Propaganda (Hardcover)
How prescient of Mr Greenslade to use the coverage of the Royal Family as the spine that binds his book together. In the month when we have seen more revelations about the Monarchy from a man who was once a butler to the late Princess Diana Mr Greenslade's book is timely. He argues with elegance and intellect that the tittle tattle of the popular press is and will always be sustained per se by such entities as the Royal Family. The serious newspapers may hurrumph and disapprove and wish people were more interested in serious affairs but Mr Greenslade poo poohs this as sheer snobbery. He insists it was his task as Editor of the Daily Mirror to turn his back on news that was of no interest to his readers and to give them what they wanted which was gossip. Wrong perhaps in an ideal word he concedes but necessary for the survival of the newspaper. Having turned away from popular newspapers Mr Greenslade admits he has the luxury of distance. However he retains his affection for them. Anyone who has ever wondered what makes newspapers what they are should read this delightful and lightly written work. My only complaint is that it is a little heavy at 800 pages.
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