In the run-up to the June election, Brighton’s Argus newspaper is in violation of its own editorial principles – by publishing two front page headlines last Thursday and Friday (“Theresa May For Britain”, May 4 and “PM: Brexit Will Be Good For Brighton”).
The Argus editor writes on the day before the County Council elections (“Campaign launched to fight against fake news”, May 3):
“As we approach the General Election, the need for independent local newspapers…to report and explain the issues in an entirely neutral, honest and balanced way is essential”
Political propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause…often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific…political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns”
This newspaper has been duped by a major political party which has considerable financial resources to spend on election propaganda advertising.
If the Argus seeks to be apolitical and objective in their reporting of facts, then it should stop publishing political propaganda in the run-up to a General Election.
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