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An Emblematic Editorial

David Deacon

in British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627486
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651368 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.003.0001
An Emblematic Editorial

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The subtitle of this book is taken from an editorial published by the News Chronicle on 19 January 1937 about the Spanish Civil War. The article was unequivocal about which side in the civil war deserved Britain's support. It explores how the Spanish Civil War was represented by the British news media of the day. The tone of the editorial and its headline also highlights how the engagement of particular news media was often infused with deeply politicised views of the conflict. This book is mainly concerned with media representation rather than deception. At times, this discussion also addresses questions of misrepresentation, thereby re-engaging with questions of truth, but in the main this study seeks to understand the nature of British news constructions of the war and the factors that shaped them. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: Spanish Civil War; News Chronicle; Britain; British news media; editorial

Chapter.  5399 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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