Guardian (UK)

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The Guardian (Sunday edition: The Observer)[1] is a UK national daily newspaper known for its liberal, left-wing stance. The Guardian has just celebrated the publishing of its 50,000th edition. Originally known as the Manchester Guardian, since it was originally published there, it is owned by a charitable organisation, the Scott Trust.

Regardless of its political stance, the great strength of The Guardian is that it rarely (in comparison to most other common newspapers in the UK) publishes sensationalist articles, preferring a quieter more balanced (and researched) approach. This is achieved by The Guardian organising its contents into two groups: articles about the news and opinion pieces (editorials, blogs, letters, etc.). News articles tend to be factually researched and factually accurate and written from a centre-left point of view, whereas opinion pieces are individual submissions that can range from the mid-right of the political spectrum to the mid-left, depending on the view of the writer, although submissions from the mid-left outnumber the submissions from the mid-right, due to the stance The Guardian takes on many issues.

Website

The Dawkins inspired "atheist ranters" come out in force on Guardian pages. They hate organised religion with a zeal, they deride the faithful as mentally retarded, they gibber on about spaghetti monsters and sky pixies, as if such talk actually added anything meaningful to the debate. ... It is easy to picture these sycophantic drones smugly typing their intolerant bile, glowing with inner pride at their own rebellious contrariness.

Another Angry Voice, a socialist internet blogger.[2]

The Guardian has recently set up versions of its website in Australia and the United States; its website in the United Kingdom is one of the most popular in the country, and the majority of the site's views come from the US.[3] The Guardian also runs the largest internet forum of any British newspaper in the form of Guardian Unlimited Talk.

Unsurprisingly, the comments on their internet opinion blog, Comment is Free, can be somewhat problematic, given that anyone on the internet can comment on any article.

Political views

The paper had been described as "the Communist paper, The Manchester Guardian" by Lord Beaverbrook,[4] by the communist Friedrich Engels as "an organ of the middle class",[5] and by Ted Scott as "a paper that will remain bourgeois to the last".[6]

However, to most people, the paper is regarded as a leftist liberal paper, as well as being pro-abortion on demand, anti-Bush and anti-American, pro-Obama and critical of Tony Blair's support for the war in Iraq (and of New Labour in general). The newspaper's reputation as a platform for liberal and left-wing opinions has led to the use of the epithets "Guardian reader" and "Guardianista" for people holding such views,[7][8] or as a negative stereotype of such people as middle class, and politically correct.

Bloggers

Its columnists include the irritated atheist and agnostic comedians Charlie Brooker[9] and David Mitchell,[10][11] as well as Ariane Sherine,[12] who was responsible for setting up the atheist bus campaign, which propagated anti-Christian and pro-atheist slogans on buses in the United Kingdom, on behalf of the so-called British Humanist Association.

Given its openly left-wing stance, a blogger whose article appeared in The Guardian stated that the movie An American Carol was "propaganda masquerading as entertainment."[13]

Typographical errors

The paper's nickname The Grauniad (sometimes abbreviated as "Graun") originated with the satirical magazine Private Eye.[14] This anagram played on The Guardian's early reputation for frequent typographical errors, including misspelling its own name as The Gaurdian.[15]

References

  1. The Observer began as a separate Sunday newspaper in 1791 and predates the Manchester Guardian by 30 years. Guardian Media Group acquired The Observer in 1993.
  2. Richard Dawkins and the slave trade, Another Angry Voice.
  3. However, despite being a UK-based website, guardian.co.uk is a more popular in the United States and multiculturalist Sweden than in the UK.
    Statistics Summary for guardian.co.uk
  4. Crozier, W.P., edited by A.J.P.Taylor, Off The Record, London, 1973, p.259. ISBN: 0-09-116250-5 "I found Beaverbrook with Walter Citrine, General Secretary of the TUC. He presented me to him (Citrine) as 'The Editor of the Communist paper, The Manchester Guardian.'"
  5. Engels, Friedrich, The Condition of the Working Class in England, Progress, 1973, p. 109.
  6. Ayerst, The Guardian, 1971, p. 471.
  7. Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (19 November 2001). Hansard 374:54 19 November 2001. Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved on 28 July 2009.
  8. "What the papers say", BBC News, 17 October 2005. 
  9. The Guardian - Charlie Brooker
  10. The Guardian - David Mitchell
  11. See: Atheism and depression
  12. The Guardian - Ariane Sherine
  13. Does An American Carol signal the rise of the Hollywood right? Guardian, October 1, 2008
  14. Sherrin, Ned. "Surely shome mishtake?", The Guardian, 16 December 2000. 
  15. Bernhard, Jim (2007). Porcupine, Picayune, & Post: how newspapers get their names. University of Missouri Press, 26–27. ISBN 0-8262-1748-6. Retrieved on 11 August 2013.