Was it the internet or the Sun what hung it?
So was it the Sun what hung it? With so much of the print media supporting the conservatives, why did the election not result in a strong win for Theresa May, if not a generation of Tory rule?
All those who viewed the surprise victory of the Brexiters in 2016 as a sign that there was fight left in the old print dog yet appeared to turn full circle almost a year later. The shift prompted the Sun’s Westminster correspondent, responsible for many of the paper’s anti-Corbyn stories, to urge “lefties” to choose just one view of the “evil right wing papers”: were they all-powerful or powerless?
Yet to choose one, while tempting for all columnists, would be to oversimplify an issue that has long bedevilled British politics.
According to research by Press Gazette, the total weekly readership for all four pro-Tory newspaper titles – the Sun, the Mail, the Telegraph and the Express – amounts to 8.7 million, less than a fifth of the 47 million eligible voters. Yet online numbers are far bigger and the readership figures do not give a full picture of the print media’s power in