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    The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British newspapers, first published in 1896. Its editorial slant is right-wing. The Daily Mail was Britain's first middle-market newspaper - it had more populist content and its news coverage was less thorough than the then newspaper of record, The Times. The Mail was originally a broadsheet, but on May 3rd 1971, the 75th anniversary of its founding, it switched to the tabloid format in which it is published today. Its chief rival, the Daily Express, has a similar political stance and target audience, but sells less than half as many copies. As of 2004 the paper's publisher, Daily Mail and General Trust, is a FTSE 100 company and the newspaper has a circulation of over 2 million giving it the second largest circulation of any English language newspaper, and the twelfth highest of any newspaper. Daily Mail front page from the 7th February 2005. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... A newspaper of record is a broadsheet (although now some of these publications have switched or are planning to switch to a tabloid/compact format) newspaper with high standards of journalism. ... The masthead of The Times The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom. ... Broadsheet is a size and format for newspapers, and a descriptive term applied to papers which use that format rather than the smaller tabloid format. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... A tabloid is a newspaper format particularly popular in the United Kingdom, which is roughly 231/2 by 143/4 inches (597 by 375 mm) per spread. ... The Daily Express is a British newspaper, currently tabloid, and it is owned by Richard Desmond. ... Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) is one of the UKs largest media companies and has interests in national and regional newspapers, television and radio. ... The Financial Times Stock Exchange Index of 100 Leading Shares, or FTSE 100 Index (pronounced footsie), is a share index of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. ... Best-selling English language daily newspapers as of 2002, with circulation: The Sun 3,541,002 United Kingdom (tabloid) The Daily Mail 2,342,982 United Kingdom (tabloid) The Daily Mirror 2,148,058 United Kingdom (tabloid) The Times of India 2,144,842 India USA Today 2,120,357... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...



    The Daily Mail was devised by Lord Rothermere and Lord Northcliffe as an alternative to the newspapers of the day. The paper was first published on May 4, 1896. The Mail was popular because of its short, simplified news stories, and pictures. A particularly popular feature of the paper was the introduction of serials. The paper initially cost a halfpenny, and the first edition was 8 pages. Soon after its launch the paper had over half a million readers. Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere (1868 - 1940) was a highly successful British newspaper proprietor, owner of Associated Newspapers. ... Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (July 15, 1865, Dublin - August 14, 1922, London) was an influential and successful newspaper owner. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

    In 1906 the paper offered £1,000 for the first flight across the English Channel, and £10,000 for the first flight from London to Manchester. Punch magazine thought the idea preposterous and offered £10,000 for the first flight to Mars, but in 1910 both Rothermere's prizes had been won. 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The English Channel ( French:La Manche) is the part of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France, and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Location within the British Isles. ... Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine founded in 1841 by Henry Mayhew, Mark Lemon, and a wood engraver named Ebenezer Landells. ... Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

    In 1908 the Daily Mail began the Ideal Home Exhibition, which it still runs today. 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Ideal Home Exhibition is an annual event run by the Daily Mail. ...

    The paper was accused of warmongering before the outbreak of World War I, when it reported that Germany was planning to crush the British Empire. Lord Northcliffe created controversy by advocating conscription when the war broke out. On May 21, 1915, Northcliffe wrote a blistering attack on Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War. Kitchener was considered a national hero, and overnight the paper's circulation dropped from 1,386,000 to 238,000. 1,500 members of the Stock Exchange ceremonially burned the unsold copies and launched a boycott against the Harmsworth Press. Herbert Asquith accused the paper of being disloyal to the country. Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum PC, KBE, KCB, ADC ( June 24, 1850 - June 5, 1916) was a British Field Marshal and statesman. ... The position of Secretary of State for War, commonly called War Secretary, a British cabinet-level position, first applied to Henry Dundas (appointed in 1794). ... The name Herbert Asquith normally refers to: Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1908–1916), but may also refer to his son: Herbert Asquith, a poet. ...

    When Kitchener died the Mail reported it as a great stroke of luck for the British Empire. The paper then campaigned against Asquith, and Asquith resigned on December 5, 1916. His successor, David Lloyd George, asked Northcliffe to be in his cabinet, hoping it would prevent him criticising the government. Northcliffe declined. December 5 is the 339th day (340th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, OM, PC (January 17, 1863 – March 26, 1945) was a British statesman and the last Liberal to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ...

    In 1922, when Lord Northcliffe died, Lord Rothermere took full control of the paper. 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

    In 1924 the Daily Mail published the forged Zinoviev Letter which indicated that British Communists were planning violent Revolution. It was widely believed that this was a significant factor in the defeat of Ramsay MacDonald's Labour Party in the 1924 general election, held four days later. 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Zinoviev Letter is thought to have been instrumental in the Conservative Partys victory in the British general election of October 29, 1924, which ended the countrys first Labour government. ... This article is about communism as a form of society, as an ideology advocating that form of society, and as a popular movement. ... A revolution is a relatively sudden and absolutely drastic change. ... James Ramsay MacDonald (October 12, 1866 – November 9, 1937), British politician, was twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party is a a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom (see British politics), and one of the United Kingdoms three main political parties. ... The 1924 UK general election was held on 29th October 1924. ...

    For a time in the early 1930s Rothermere and the Mail were sympathetic to some degree with Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists. Rothermere wrote an article, Hurrah for the Blackshirts, in January 1934, in which he praised Mosley for his "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine", though after the violence of the 1934 Olympia meeting involving the BUF the Mail withdrew its support. Events and trends The 1930s were spent struggling for a solution to the global depression. ... Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet (November 16, 1896 - December 3, 1980) was a British politician principally known as the founder of the British Union of Fascists. ... The flag of the British Union of Fascists showing the Flash and Circle symbolic of action within unity The British Union of Fascists (BUF) was a political party of the 1930s in the United Kingdom. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

    The paper also published articles lamenting the number of German Jews entering Britain as refugees after the rise of Nazism. National Socialism redirects here. ...

    Rothermere and the Mail supported Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement, particularly during the events leading up to the Munich Agreement. However, after the Nazi invasion of Prague in 1939, the Mail changed position and urged Chamberlain to prepare for war. Arthur Neville Chamberlain (18 March 1869–9 November 1940) was a British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937–1940. ... Appeasement is a strategic maneuver, based on either pragmatism, fear of war, or moral conviction, that leads to acceptance of imposed conditions in lieu of armed resistance. ... Chamberlain holds the paper containing the resolution to commit to peaceful methods signed by both Hitler and himself on his return from Germany in September 1938. ... The Nazi party used a right-facing swastika as their symbol and the red and black colors were said to represent Blut und Boden (blood and soil). ... Prague (Praha in Czech) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. ...

    In 1992, the current editor, Paul Dacre, was appointed. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Michael Dacre (born November 14, 1948) is a British journalist. ...

    Editorial Stance

    The Mail considers itself to be the voice of Middle England, speaking up for the small-c conservative values of large swathes of the British population which it considers to be unjustly despised and neglected by the liberal establishment. It generally takes an anti-European, anti-immigration, anti-abortion stance, and is correspondingly pro-family, pro-tax cuts and pro-monarchy, as well as advocating stricter punishments for crime. It values the British countryside, while being pro-car and anti-environmentalist. In Peter Hitchens it has (along with Richard Littlejohn, who recently defected to the Daily Mail from The Sun) arguably the most right-wing columnist in popular British journalism. The editorial board has been highly critical of Prime Minister Tony Blair and endorsed the Conservative Party in the 2005 general election. [1]  ( Middle England originally indicated the central region of England, now almost always referred to as the Midlands. ... Euroscepticism is scepticism about, or disagreement with, the purposes of the European Union, sometimes coupled with a wish to preserve national sovereignty. ... Peter Hitchens (born 28 October 1951 in Sliema, Malta GC) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. ... Richard Littlejohn Richard Littlejohn is a British columnist and television presenter. ... The Suns most famous headline The Sun, a tabloid daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom, has the highest circulation of any daily English-language newspaper in the world, standing at around 3,200,000 copies daily in late-2004. ...

    The Mail issued a rather soft endorsement (titled "Time for a Change?") of U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry in its leader of November 2, 2004. However, after the election, it called the result "a victory for the values that are so often ignored or derided by political establishments in Britain and Europe and are never (to our detriment) debated with the moral seriousness seen in America."

    The Daily Mail is currently the most widely read paper amongst women, and has a higher proportion of female readers than any other British national daily, although this is in part because of its Femail supplement aimed at women. Moreover, the paper has led several causes more often associated with the left, and seemingly at odds with its ‘hateful’ reputation. Most notably, it was one of the first papers to champion the case of murdered black teenager, Stephen Lawrence [2] (,7495,1130332,00.html). Stephen Lawrence (September 14, 1974 - April 22, 1993) was a black British teenager living in London, UK, who was murdered in April 1993 at the age of 18. ...


    The Daily Mail is a target of satire and criticism by centrist and left-of centre media and individuals as well as certain satirical magazines. Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organizations, states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ...

    As a target of satire the stereotypical Daily Mail reader is characterised as a borderline-racist, homophobic, aspiring middle-class conservative who lacks the intelligence to read the broadsheet equivalent the Daily Telegraph. In fact, in recent years the phrase 'Daily Mail reader' has become increasingly used in general parlance (not just in the media) as shorthand for any person with such attitudes. An African-American drinks out of a water fountain marked for colored in 1939 at a street car terminal in Oklahoma City. ... Homophobia (from Greek homos, same and fobos, fear) literally means fear of the same, however the term homo as a reference to homosexuals was used in the creation of the word. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... Broadsheet is a size and format for newspapers, and a descriptive term applied to papers which use that format rather than the smaller tabloid format. ... This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ...

    Due to its stance on moral issues - for instance, its continuing condemnation of already-punished criminals such as Myra Hindley and Maxine Carr, and its editorial outrage at television programmes such as Jerry Springer - The Opera or Brass Eye - some left-wingers refer to the paper with nicknames such as the "Daily Wail" and the "Daily Hate". The latter is in part because - according to Polly Toynbee in The Guardian [3] (,3604,1178434,00.html) - the Mail's founder, Lord Northcliffe, said his winning formula was to give his readers "a daily hate". Moors murderer Myra Hindley Myra Hindley (July 23, 1942–November 15, 2002), known as the Moors Murderess, was born in Crumpshall in the English city of Manchester. ... The Soham murders were the murders by Ian Huntley of two ten-year-old girls (Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman) in Soham, a small town in Cambridgeshire, England, on August 4, 2002. ... Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre in London Jerry Springer – The Opera is a musical written by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, based on the television show The Jerry Springer Show. ... Brass Eye is a UK television series of satirical spoof documentaries which aired on Channel 4 in 1997 and was re-run in 2001. ... Polly Toynbee (born Mary Louisa Toynbee on December 27, 1946) is a journalist and writer in the United Kingdom, and has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

    Another common criticism of the Mail is its treatment of asylum seekers. Several opponents (including London Mayor Ken Livingstone in a well-publicised argument ( have claimed that the newspaper panders to racism in this respect. The Mayor of London is an elected politician in London, United Kingdom, who heads the Greater London Authority and is responsible for budgeting and strategic planning of some governmental functions across the whole of the region of London. ... Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London Kenneth Robert Livingstone, known as Ken Livingstone (born June 17, 1945) is the current Mayor of London. ...

    The Mail is often ridiculed for its supposed obsession with the property market. This has led to Private Eye mock-headlines such as Influx of asylum seekers cause house values to plummet and Property prices fall as asteroid prepares to wipe out life on Earth. March 4, 2005 cover of Private Eye; this is a typical example of the magazines front cover. ...

    Another aspect of the Mail that draws controversy is its alleged promotion of pseudoscience. Astrology is often the subject of articles, and the newspaper runs a profitable telephone astrology service ( through its association with Jonathan Cainer. Regular features are also run on Alien abduction, the Bible code, and other such paranormal subjects. In the same vein, the Mail's opposition to the "single-jab" MMR vaccine was condemned by medical practitioners. It is, however, inconsistent in such areas, and marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of homeopathy's founder with an article calling it "Undiluted Tosh!". Pseudoscience refers to any body of knowledge or practice which purports to be scientific or supported by science but which is judged by the mainstream scientific community to fail to comply with the scientific method. ... An astrological chart (or horoscope) - Y2K Chart — This particular chart is calculated for January 1, 2000 at 12:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time in New York City, New York, USA. (Longitude: 074W0023 - Latitude: 40N4251) Astrology (from Greek: αστρολογία = άστρον, astron, star + λόγος, logos, word) is any... The Abduction Phenomenon is as umbrella term used to describe a number of kidnap individuals--sometimes called abductees--usually for medical testing or for sexual reproduction procedures. ... Bible codes, also known as Torah codes, are words, phrases and clusters of words and phrases that some people believe are meaningful and exist intentionally in coded form in the text of the Bible. ... Anomalous phenomena are phenomena which are observed and for which there are no suitable explanations in the context of a specific body of scientific knowledge, e. ... The MMR vaccine is a combined vaccine for immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. ... Homeopathy (also spelled homœopathy or homoeopathy), from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering), is a system of alternative medicine, notable for its controversial practice of prescribing water-based solutions that do not contain chemically active ingredients. ...

    The style of the Daily Mail is frequently criticised for its perceived conservatism. The Guardian, for example, referred to it as a "thick, grey tombstone of a tabloid (,3604,441198,00.html)". The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

    Daily mail writers

    Current writers

    Paul Johnson (born Paul Bede Johnson on November 2, 1928 in Lancashire, England) is a British Roman Catholic conservative historian, journalist and author. ... Keith Waterhouse (born 6 February 1929 in Leeds, England) is a novelist, newspaper columnist, and the writer of many television series. ... Melanie Phillips (born 1951) is a British journalist and author. ... Peter Hitchens (born 28 October 1951 in Sliema, Malta GC) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. ... Simon Heffer is a British journalist and writer. ... Norman Beresford Tebbit, Baron Tebbit, PC (born March 29, 1931), is a right-wing British Conservative politician and formerly MP for Chingford, Essex. ... Richard Littlejohn Richard Littlejohn is a British columnist and television presenter. ...

    Past writers

    Lynda Lee-Potter (born Lynda Higginson; May 2, 1935 – October 20, 2004) was a Daily Mail columnist. ...

    See also

    • Daily Chronicle, a newspaper which merged with the Daily News to become the News-Chronicle and was finally absorbed by the Daily Mail

    The Daily Chronicle was a London newspaper company founded in 1872 that merged its publication with the Daily News to become the News-Chronicle and the company then absorbed The Star which it retained as an evening publication. ...

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