Scandal and Media in the United Kingdom

  title={Scandal and Media in the United Kingdom},
  author={Howard Tumber},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1122 - 1137}
  • Howard Tumber
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Political Science
  • American Behavioral Scientist
This article looks at the recent spate of political scandal news, both financial and sexual, in the United Kingdom during the Major and Blair administrations. Scandal revelations, especially those produced by the press, may be due in part to the audience-building strategies of the media. Dissenting views, in contrast, may possibly be offered as a result of the media’s own legitimation needs. Stories of scandal serve to undermine institutions in the public’s mind and can often provoke the… 
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