Safe_Timber_Man wrote: ↑
Wed May 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Yep, that's always been a tabloid tactic that's a particular pet hate of mine. On Mail Online you can tell what their views on a person are just by looking at the photo they've selected without even needing to read the words. Utterly fucking childish.
Indeed. It's been a ploy for a long time now, initially employed to reinforce tabloid stereotypes surrounding (usually young female) celebrities, but used increasingly in modern times to frame a political narrative, as we are seeing today.
The likes of Charlotte Church and Sadie Frost used to be regular celebrity targets, and probably still are. It's lazy journalism, which is probably why it appeals to unscrupulous tabloid editors so much. Just post a paparazzi photographer outside a busy London nightclub frequented by said sleb, patiently wait until she eventually wanders outside to catch a taxi home, stick a camera in her face, take a million snaps then go with the ones catching her mid-blink. What we are seeing today with the Theresa May snaps is a very similar thing.
I wonder if there is an actual term used to describe the practice?