Critical reflection on the queen’s life or the monarchy’s role in modern society limited by UK press says Steven Barnett
Speaking to Associated Press on the day before the official funeral of Queen Elizebeth II, Professor Steven Barnett noted that coverage has been ‘deferential to a fault’, and expressed concern that ‘any critical reflection on the queen’s life or the monarchy’s role in modern society [has been] banished almost entirely to social media’.
Barnett’s comments reflect concerns in some quarters that blanket and wholly uncritical coverage of the monarchy in the UK media since the Queens death on 8 September has made life very uncomfortable for those wishing to express alternative or dissenting views. Moreover, major stories such as the lifting of the fracking ban, the removal of the cap on bankers’ bonuses, and the cost of living crisis have all being marginalised in the editorial agendas of most news outlets.
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