Népszava Ádám Nádasdy: Press Review (London Letter 11)

Traditional, paper-printed dailies may not be as popular as they used to be, but we can include the number of readers who read the papers online.

The English still love the newspaper, they are quite conservative in this area as well. Traditional, paper-printed dailies may not be as popular as they used to be, but we can include the number of readers who read the papers online. The press is a kind of pillar of British society, like the institution of the kingdom or the pound sterling. They are terribly delicate to freedom of the press, they believe: ten lies, even defamatory articles, should be published rather than one that would reveal the truth. (As the judiciary says, let’s let ten criminals run rather than punish an innocent one.) British politicians are wary of criticizing or rating the press because it would make them pathetic, even worse: ridiculous. It would be very wrong if, for example, a Labor politician complained that there was a conservative preponderance in the press (although there is no doubt that British dailies have a predominantly conservative sympathy). I went down to the newspaper this morning and bought all the national dailies. Or just about everything because I didn’t buy the Financial Times. Very good paper, only three-quarters deal with finance and business. He’s a world leader in this genre, but well, I don’t care so much. In fact, what he writes about the more general topics – politics, war, migration, freedoms, minorities, the internal affairs of some countries – is always sober and informative. Printed on pink paper, this is his characteristic. Price peppered: 2.70 pounds. Towards the end, it communicates stock market data on long pages, in endless columns, in very small letters. More than once, I saw an elegant gentleman or lady in a coffee shop or restaurant as he narrowed his eyes impatiently at the data on how much he had won or lost. So I bought eight dailies, four of which are called “quality press” (the common man mostly calls them snob newspapers). Of these, three are old pieces of furniture: the Guardian, the Times, and the Daily Telegraph. They are quite expensive, they are between 2.20-2.50 pounds (around 1000 HUF). The fourth, called “i” (in English, of course, called “aaj”), is still young: it has existed since 2010, it is thinner and only 65 pence. There’s another quality page that only appears online: the Independent. It was founded in 1986, lasted for thirty years on paper, and in 2016 it switched to the Internet. So, together with Financial Times, there are six quality national dailies. They used to appear in a large, almost sheet-like form, which is why they are still called “broadsheets,” although only the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times insist on sheet size, the others have gone to half their size. I was even taught that the upbringing of an English gentleman involves the routine folding of the newspaper: it requires a really practiced hand (even an arm), especially on a train, so that one does not knock down one’s travel companion’s glasses. Let’s see what brings the four purchased quality newspapers to the front page headlines on Monday, July 5, 2021. Telegraph: “Let’s use the mask wisely, says the Prime Minister” (as mandatory mask wearing will be abolished from 19 July). – Times: ‘Prime Minister asks for sobriety after Covid regulation’ (same). – “i”: “It is planned to ban mobilization in schools from January” (a bill to prevent the introduction of smartphones into schools from 2022). – Guardian: “Scientists’ response to Johnson’s plan to abolish Covid regulation” (ease of abolition, could be another wave of epidemics). It can be seen from this, but the papers themselves describe themselves as the Telegraph and Times politically center-right (supporting the Conservative Party), the “i” center-middle (not supporting either party), the Guardian center-left (supporting the Labor Party) . My partner and I prefer to read Telegraph and Times because it is so good to read a right-wing conservative newspaper – especially since there is no such daily in Hungary, the pages of the Fidesz propaganda machine cannot be called right-wing or conservative, because style would be sober. the reliability of the factual content of the published articles, refraining from any heckling or slandering. It is no coincidence that press litigation in British quality newspapers hardly occurs. (All the more so for the “popular”.) However, we generally agree with the Guardian. It appeared in Manchester as a child, it was also called “The Manchester Guardian”, but then he was also absorbed by London, he has been appearing here since 1959 and has deleted his original place of origin from his name. England seems to be a one-centered country, as are France, Austria or Hungary, where other cities are much less important in addition to the overweight capital (as opposed to Italy or Germany, where there are equal cities, and this can be seen in the paper). There are, of course, more Scottish dailies, both serious and unscrupulous, and several large English newspapers have Scottish mutations, but these are not available here in England, or only from the largest newspapers, as quasi-foreign newspapers, such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine or Le Monde. . But let’s turn to the most succulent slice of the English press, the so-called “popular press”: there are six of them nationwide, so the same number as the quality ones, only the number of copies is three times as large. They are commonly referred to as “tabloids,” meaning the smaller format, although some of the demanding pages are now in this shape. I wouldn’t be a linguist if I didn’t explain the origin of the word “tabloid”: for it was an English pharmaceutical brand in the 1880s (the word “tablet” was made up of a pharmaceutical company) and meant a compressed, tightly compressed dose of medicine. The word soon began to be used more widely for such things, when information was given in small doses, almost compressed. This is how it was applied – at first out of ridicule – to newspapers that gave the news in a short, easily digestible, “small spoon”. However, because the word “tabloid” is similar to the word “table,” most people think the name comes from the fact that these newspapers give the news in striking, sharp letters like billboards of sorts! Tabloids are cheap, the goods are under 1 pound, between 60-95 pence. Two of them, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, are relatively normal: they’re a bit of a sensationalist, but there’s nothing wrong with them. Both are right-wing, supporting the Conservatives. By the way, Mail is one of the most successful newspapers in the world, with a circulation of around 1 million (!) Per day. The slight majority of the Brexit referendum was probably due to the Mail. Today’s cover: Mail: “Freedom is now in your hands” (henceforth, whoever takes care of the epidemic); Express: “St. George’s Cross to the Heroes of Health ”(with a photo of the Queen; she honored the NHS, the National Health Service). These papers are already full of celebrities, the royal family, scandals and sports. Now every newspaper brings a bigger sports section, as this is where the Football EC and the Wimbledon tennis tournament take place. Then there are the “red-top” tabloids, as their names are printed in red on their front pages: the Daily Mirror, the Sun, and the Daily Star. My civic friends are certainly most often referred to as the “gutter press”. The newsagent also looked at me strangely about what I was buying alongside the Telegraph and others. The Mirror tends to pull to the left, pushing for the Labor Party, the Sun and the Star to the right (with the latter I don’t know if we can talk about “sideality” at all). Cover: Mirror: “Facing the Future” (end of mask wearing); Sun: “Best Bar None” – we see four roaring male faces, three footballers and Prime Minister Johnson. The footballers are yelling at the hoped-for EC victory, and the Prime Minister is (I think) happy to lift the epidemiological restrictions. I admit, I didn’t buy Daily Start, there is a limit to everything. The English – snobs and less snobs alike – love puzzles and puzzles, it’s no coincidence that the sport was invented by them too. Every newspaper every day has a crossword puzzle, a letter puzzle, a sudoku, a gogen, a torpedo, just to win. There are two types of crossword puzzles. There are very light, Quick or Easy Crossword, where they are: “finish, 3 letters” – solution: “end”. On the other hand, there are some very complicated, Cryptic Crosswords, I can’t do them at all, even though I’m a chronic English teacher, but I slowly understand why not: there are funny or absurd definitions, sometimes for the letters and not the meaning of the word. apply. My Hungarian friend living here helped with a Hungarian example. Suppose we see: “Miklós is confused, but he also spends, 7 letters” – solution: “Tandori”, because when it comes to spending, Miklós is obviously Radnóti; if it is confused, its letters must be shuffled; and since “he also spends,” let the name of another poet come out as a result! Well, make them imagine in English. However, the kind of mid-level crossword puzzle that is common to us is what is the capital of Azerbaijan and the chemical symbol for copper. We also know a little colorful column in newspapers called “We wrote X years ago” where one meditates (or is horrified) about what, really, ten or twenty years ago. Proud dailies with a larger past can sometimes go back fifty or a hundred years. (For example, the Hungarian Népszava has been published since 1905, so – apart from minor breaks and bumps – for 116 years. I heartily recommend it, a really high-quality newspaper). (As a daily newspaper – ed.) But the English Times is unbeatable in this field, for it has existed continuously since 1785. When I visited England in December 1991 and bought the Times, it had a “We wrote 200 years ago” column in it. The title of the article cited was “German Composer Dies” and briefly reported that the successful musician WA Mozart had died unexpectedly in Vienna.

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