To get a grasp of the UK’s garbage media landscape, an outsider need look no further than The Daily Mail. Founded in 1886, to quote Wikipedia, it was Britain’s first daily newspaper “aimed at the newly literate lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”.
Today, The Daily Mail is an outlet not only for your garden-variety conservative politics but a legitimizer of xenophobia, racism, sexism, not to mention and an abusive and dull-minded culture of celebrity worship/stalking. Most shockingly, its readership is largely from the educated socioeconomic layers of Britain.
You can quite literally buy a copy any day to see what a vile rag it is, but to save you your money we’ve picked out some fine headlines from The Daily Mail’s recent past. These titles sound like things a demented zombie version of Hyacinth Bucket would write if it were recruited to write for a publisher, specialised in slut-shaming humping puppies.
Enjoy these in the knowledge, that the current owner Lord Rothermere is a tax dodging billionaire, who great granddad got all hot and bothered about Hitler.
The good old intolerance of intolerance spin
Nothing signals serious journalism like paying creeps with cameras to stalk pregnant women
So, a major UK newspapers echoed conspiracy nut Alex Jones over half a decade ago
Holy shit snacks: people age
Now imagine a drunk Mrs Bucket yelling something about “crashing some goddamned funerals”
The 1920s called to tell you that ambitious women are unattractive
Climate change? Well it rained yesterday so it’s just like, your opinion, man
People born with wombs can’t get PREGNANT when they get old except with creepy sea monsters haha get it?!?!?!
Just wow. There’s so much intertextuality and context you need to interpret to enjoy this fresh piece of photojournalism.
Read: “This flood of stuff I’m too prudish to teach my children about means we need internet censorship NOW!”
“Ethnic diversity”, sick children and a pound sign in the same sentence. That’s some smooth, low-key racism for you.
Look at this pattern of compassionate promotion of healthy lifestyles and actionable advice to treat people who are overweight
I don’t want to look, but this 2009 story is probably about the dangers of befriending people who share The Daily Mail on social media