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The Sun is a daily newspaper that divides the population. Some love it and some hate it with a passion.
Personally I quite like The Sun, as it is the newspaper we have always had at home. It is one of the cheapest papers at only 30p during the week. The sun is well known for the topless girls on page 3, which if you dont want to see, its easy to just skip past that page..
The Sun is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and has been around since 1964. They have recently been in trouble with the phone-hacking scandal, which was when their sister paper, the News of the World was closed down. This has now been replaced by the Sun on Sunday. The paper has a different layout for each day, thought they are similar, for example certain columnists write on Saturdays etc. Jeremy Clarkson is one such columnist, who's column is very funny but not for the easily offended!
The Sun regularly has money off vouchers, often worth more than the paper cost, like a free bar of chocolate or box of eggs. These are not usually available from the small shops in my rural area though so we miss these more often than not.
There is the yearly offer for £9.50 holidays, where you save vouchers from the paper and send them off to get a holiday for only £9.50 per person, and hopefully get your first choice of destination. My family have been on several of these and they are great. There are hundreds of destinations, in the UK and several in the EU now.
The Sun does have a lot of celebrity gossip, and lots of photos compared to other newspapers, but it makes nice easy light reading. There can be a lack of information on world news, but generally I find there is enough, and if I want to find out more I can look online/turn the TV on.
Although I do not read the sports section, there is quite a bit of sports either in the central pull-out or at the back of the paper. There is a variety of sports information, to suit all.
The Sun often runs petitions, such as when Baby P was in the news, they petitioned to get his social workers sacked.
The Sun has a free TV guide on Saturdays and a Magazine on Sundays, both of which are a good read, but are aimed at women as opposed to men I think. The Sunday magazine - Fabulous, has a lot of fashion, cosmetics and celebrity gossip. There are also some crosswords, word searches etc.
Overall I award 4/5 stars, as The Sun is cheap, but not always trustworthy. If you want to read proper news and not a load of gossip about reality tv stars, you will prefer a paper like the Independent.
I have been buying The Sun newspaper every day before work for the last 7 years and I am a big fan. I have seen alot of negative reviews about The Sun, saying its very biased and theres too much nudity and poor 'cheesy' headlines. The newspaper may be for a certain audience but I believe theres around 7 million people that read The Sun, surely there is something good about it. Isnt a newspaper about giving your opinion whether the views do favour certain people or not? The nudity issue, everybody knows about Page 3 and peopel dont have to look at it. The paper may be aimed more at males, i can see that, page 3, sexy celebs and the sports coverage - which is fantastic. I will go into abit more detail below.
Front page/headlines: This is how papers are sold, unless you are a regular buyer of the paper. The Sun usually does have something on the front page that grabs your attention. They also do alot of good offers which are displayed on the front page, such as, holidays for £9.50 and a free toy etc. Yes some headlines are cheesy but arent all papers?!!
Page 3: This is obviously for the adult reader and mainly the men out there. I believe that Page 3 has done well to get rid of its 'perverted image' and has become a respected part of the paper. The girls are not degraded and the competition The Sun run - Page 3 idol offers a great opportunity to aspiring models.
Sport: I think this is a key part of this newspaper. The sports coverage in The Sun is brilliant, especially if your a football fan (who isnt?). The back 8-10 pages are usually filled with sports news and stories and there is also a good pullout called 'Goals' which The Sun does, covering all the latest football matches. The Sun also have some decent columnists such as Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, who are usually a good read. There is also section for tip of the day for anybody who enjoys a bet.
Dear Deidre: Dear deidre is an advice page. Offering advice on relationships, sex, marriage, debt, depression and many more important issues.
Bizzare: These pages are full of the latest celebrity news and gossip and also include the latest chart updates etc.
TV BIZ: This is a pullout which focuses on all the latest television gossip.
Sun Woman: As a man i usually do skip this page unless there is a good story on the page. This page has alot of tips for women, usually on the topics of food, exercise, diets and other things women are interested in :)
Sun Letters: Here is the opportunity to have your say. You can email, text or write in with your views and the best letter of the day is awarded a £50 reward.
Rest of the paper: The rest of the paper includes the latest weather, latest lottery numbers, politics news at the start. Then the paper has all the latest national and international news and great exclusives. There is also a Tv Guide for that day, close to the middle of the paper. At the weekend there is plenty of other pullouts for people to enjoy.
I read the newspaper mainly but the website is very good. It is laid out well and all the categories of the website are detailed quite clearly. Online you have access to alot more than you do in the paper and you can look at previous stories and articles etc.
The Sun also has an app that can be downloaded via the app store.
I have long heard people talking about the Sun and how its very easy to understand, and doesn't get into politics like house of lords reforms or the heavy going stuff like The Daily Telegraph covers (A very good paper that i usually enjoy) so i thought right, this does not sound like a paper i'd enjoy but i'll give it a chance. I was pretty much disgusted by the lack of actual news and the very child like text and stories.
At my local newsagents i recently saw most newspapers with the front cover covering a story about Greece and their financial crisis. Riots had broken out and people injured. I glanced across and saw the Sun actually had a front page story about Cheryl Cole getting divorced from Ashley Cole. I thought what on earth were they thinking? It's a disgrace when you see a story about dead soldiers on the cover of most papers and then one of these magazine like newspapers does a celeb gossip story, i am truly disgusted.
Upon opening the Sun i found absolutely no intelligent stories about government, finances or anything to do with current affairs. there were a few stories about unemployment about 6 pages in after some adverts and yet more celeb gossip.
I'm sorry but i have enough going on in my own life not to care about Wayne Rooney swearing in a game of football or who's marrying who. The reading age of the sun is 8 the last time i checked and the text is certainly reflective of that. There is a very simplistic writing style, no big words or challenging explanations. The pictures a big, the titles cover a large proportion of the page and the text that is on the page is mostly gossipy drivel that i simply can't bare to read.
The newspaper really doesn't have any actual news that's worth reading. The sports section is very dumbed down and does not get into the nitty gritty tactical side of football like most other newspapers do. Instead i found a few quotes from managers and lots of information about them, and their team captains which i dont need to know about. I want to know what the fans were like during a game, how they reacted and were they supportive enough, maybe a bit of info about the less watched sports like golf ? I found absolutely none of that either.
This is a nonsense paper. I would prefer to read "Where's Wally?"
The Sun is an excellent newspaper for sport stories and football in particular. The coverage of weekend football in Mondays paper is particular good with interesting articles written by their columnists. The columns can be provacative and sensatalist but still worth a read. The news stories are your typical tabloid type and business news is pretty non existant. The Sun can also be good for money saving vouchers/promotions from time to time with major retailers involved. The page 3 girls can be a turn off for some people but most probably just have a smile at what the girl has supposedly said and then flick on (probably why its beside the business section of the paper). The paper is also known for its quirky stories "man who only eats baked beans" type of story. In summary if your looking for a newspaper to flick through on your lunch break or catch up on any recent sport action then this is the paper for you.
THE SUN NEWSPAPER
The Sun has got to be the best paper around, in my opinion it is far better than the Daily Star (which is a rubbish paper) and the Daily Express. The Sun has been running for a good few years now, since 1964 In believe. The Sun is published by News Group international, who also made the defunct News Of The World (shame that had to go too.) The Sun costs 30p weekdays and 60p on a Saturday, (sorry for this but I do not know how much the price of The Sun costs on a sunday) Now I will mention to you the main part of the review, what's inside The Sun!
THE WEEKDAY VERSION OF THE SUN
The Sun is published everyday and costs 30p (as mentioned above) and covers news (what else!?) and a few things on celebrities and soaps too! In The Sun logo you get the date (Friday 9th September), the price (30p) and the website (www.thesun.co.uk) Todays edition you get a free caramel Aero worth 60p (only available at Morrisons) On the front page you get the main headlines for that day, so if you get a murder or any crime its featured in here on any of the pages. Any main headlines featured on the cover has 1 or 2 pages.
GORDON SMARTS BIZZARE
A few pages on celebrity gossip and TV (not much else to say.)
More pages on news and the normal news (crimes, death, arrests, kidnaps etc.)
The sports section covers all sports really well and gets into depth of what's going on. It covers all sports exceptionally well and makes sure you never miss anything.
A few added extras this time round, one is the TV guide, well, actually, it's a TV guide, but it is only featured for that day. So, if you are available to buy The Sun everyday, you don't need to bother with a TV guide unless you want soap news. The TV guide covers 63 channels (that's including 9 radio channels) so overall a good TV guide. You do get a TV guide on saturday and that will be featured in the next section.
A problems and letters page where people send in their problems and Deirdre sends them answers in the newspaper.
The Saturday edition of The Sun costs twice the price of the daily edition (so it cost's 60p) but in my opinion it's worth it. The Saturday edition of The Sun is the same as the daily editions but contains a TV guide and a celebrity and real life glossy magazine. The TV guide is called TV buzz (formerly called buzz) and used to contain lifestyle conent but know is stripped of lifestyle content to avoid clashing with Fabulous (see below) and now only has TV and soaps. The magazine covers 69 channels meaning it is the third biggest and best TV magazine in the country next to TV & Satellite Week (89 channels) and Total TV guide (88 channels) and just covers two more than the RadioTimes (67 channels) which is quite impressive and it's free! Fabulous is around a 76 page glossy which covers lifestyle, celebrity gossip and real life. It was voted supplement of the year and was transferred from the defunct News Of The World to The Sun, so it's even better value at only 60p!
In my opinion The Sun is the best newspaper around, it's way better than any other paper around and it covers a lot more, it's basically a vastly underated paper with people who don't read it look down their nose at you! But that's their problem not ours! Try it and you'll love it!
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The decision to shut down the News of the World was the right one. They had gone too far. They were drowning in their search for exclusives and prepared to do everything to get them. They had pi**ed off too many important people. They can't compete with the loose cannon the internet is on that. They only stopped hacking voice mail because the phone companies closed the loophole, and if they hadn't they would be still doing it. It was a cheap and a lazy thing for them to do. No lessons were ever learnt. Proper investigative journalism is expensive and that's what was killing the paper. This is going to be a bloodbath for all the papers.
The days of the paid journalist are coming to an end guys, especially in the tabloid industry, and the 165 year end to the News of the World paper was always on the cards by the end of this decade. Although it's the most read newspaper in the English speaking world its circulation fell %10 last year alone. The Huffington Post online has just launched in the UK and all its content is free contribution. Websites like dooyoo prove the talent is out there and so the career of journalism no longer a closed middle-class trade. We make the stories and now we write the stories now, our video phones the evidence, not voice mail taps. The internet has changed the publishing and media world for the better, and for the worse. Therefore it's no surprise the tabloids and lifestyle magazines are becoming increasingly cutthroat to survive. There is, however, every chance Mr Murdoch and the Sunday Sun will be launched very soon (the name was registered two days ago online). The Mirror Group must now be getting very worried as the contagion spreads, Murdoch likely to be the number one spreader in The Sun from now on.
As horrible as the Mille Dowler hacking story that finished off the NOW there is an insatiable need by tabloid readers for these grubby stories. If there wasn't than there would be no tabloids. There would be no Sun newspaper. We want to know the dirt. We think the worst of people. We are those people. With celebrities and politicians we all understand this is a tabloid reciprocation and the following libel cases is how both parties get paid through stolen tittle tattle and so it's reasonably acceptable and fun. The News of the World were paying out big and how embarrassing if you are not a celebrity that's deemed important enough not to be hacked? Sienna Miller has set the bar at £100,000 for vacuous clothes horse actresses and so how much will the big players get? But when the papers target you and me we don't seem to find it as funny. Our lives are often just as dark. All tabloids do is reflecting our lifestyles. Journalists are under increasing pressure to get those fabulous exposes like the Pakistan cricketers and the Sarah Ferguson stuff as circulation drops year on year, and if they don't then they usually get fired. They had to tap and hack phones to make those deadlines. The John Higgins story was amazing.
Deleting that poor Dowler girl's messages was obscene though and we all want to know how the paper got her mobile phone number, one step too far and purely the job of the police to be doing stuff like that. What if the police themselves gave up that number for a few quid though, perhaps why they haven't been investigating this whole hacking thing properly? Coppers have always been paid for inside information, a perk of the job, like having the lights and siren blazing on the squad car when you're late back to the station for clocking off. It's always been done and so no surprise it's never really been investigated. It will have to be now. You can only imagine the feelings going through the Dowler family's heads as those text messages disappeared. Just how many retrials will there be if it is revealed the police got information on criminals and witnesses illegally through these arrangements? It looks like the parents of the Soham girls also had their phones hacked. You can only presume the News of the World hacked people like this as the paper reflects the public's often cynical feeling with these tragic cases that family members did it, like we had with the McCann's. I wonder what the publicity shy McCann's are feeling knowing their phones may have been hacked? That thought you guys just had is why we love the tabloids. We would love to know what the McCann's were saying on their cell phones the days and weeks after little Maddie's abduction. In fact coppers often leak case information to the tabloids like The Sun as the villains read the paper and so may slip up that way with idle talk. Information is king and money is the WD40 that gets it to those who really want it. This morality opera on what's right or wrong is all bulls*it. We love gossip, however risky it is obtained. What sad publicity stunt is unemployed Cheryl Cole conjuring up on her phone by floating the idea of remarrying love rat Ashley Cole? We want to know and so the tabloids can only feed that hunger and hypocrisy by going out and finding that info out for us.
The Sun is/was the sister paper to the News of the World and concentrates less on the big expose and more on making the news palatable and light for the working-class by lacing it with pretty girls with big tits and celebrities who are big tits. The news is generally dull to most people and so jamming it in-between some 34DDs and someone called Kim Kardashain does the trick, the darting male eyeball then prepared to imbibe what's really going on in the world. The Sun is the most popular rag in Britain alongside the Daily Mail and News International control 37% of the newspaper market with their four titles, or at least they did.
Hugh Grant chirped up and denounced the tabloids for the phone hacking and yet where would his rather average movie career be without Rupert Murdoch's tabloids and Fox Searchlight Pictures publicising him? Liz Hurley's little black dress made him mate. Certain celebrities and politicians may feel above these blue-collar rags but they need them, make no mistake. Hugh's bulk cinema going audience doesn't read the broadsheets or watch film review shows but read The Sun and Hello Magazine.
I don't read the Sun much, comfortably in that pick up and read it paper when someone else buys it. I purchase it when there free bet offers are on for the racing or they have a huge expose. Their big story this week has, not surprisingly, been the hacking story, demoted to page five, something that could sink ex Editor Rebecca Wade and the whole tabloid industry. Another interesting tale of hypocrisy is that of Dominic Strauss - Khan, the ex head of the IMF who was accused of rape in that NY hotel. Like most men at the time I said it was yet another false claim by a woman with an erroneous agenda and so no surprise the case is about to collapse this month. It turns out the impoverished asylum seeker lady in question owned 5 cell phones, had $62,214 dollars in her bank account and had associated with drug dealers. Other businessmen who use that particular hotel have been subpoenaed to come forward to confirm they too also paid for sex with this lady, the consensual bit. The Americans, who would love to be the head of the IMF, were quite happy to let it go to court to get the dirty Frenchman fired.
Other stories doing the rounds this week in the paper are the appalling way we treat our elderly folks and the uniformed burying of the head in the sand
over the funding of elderly care. Forget the War on Terror Cameron, this is the big one. Who doesn't know a relative who hast had dementia. And if you don't get that you get cancer or diabetes. The Sun also sprinkle irritating little one paragraph quippy one liner stories around the main stories that you feel obliged to read. They are everywhere! Kate and Williams first royal tour in the safe zone of Canada is as equally dull, a soft one tot start them off, Kate already a Diana clothes horse. I wonder if her phone was hacked! Oh and another Man United player is sleeping with lots of women that are not his wife. What black women think of black footballer's instance of bedding tarty white girls is another story for another more erudite paper.
An interesting piece points out that the payment of school fees by the state for certain military personal is three times higher than compensation for injury and death. Pete Doherty is released after just 6 weeks of his 6 month jail term for drug abuse and will no doubt be straight back on the heroine by tonight.
Showbiz has always been a big part of the tabloids content and with 24/7 interactive websites also running for the papers famous people of varying notoriety are all over The Sun. Like with our ambiguity over who we thinks its ok to hack the phones off we are quite happy to see celebrities looking fat and ugly at the beach without their slap and girdles on. Pretty Emma Watson seems to dominate these pages these days and plugging the final Harry potter film in her own way. She has given up her prestigious studies in America so to pose for the tabloids here with a various array of lesbian haircuts. Fame and looking pretty and mature is far more fun than books it seems.
The usual female stuff like agony aunts and horoscopes are wrapped around the celebrity gossip with daily TV listings.
The Sun Sport section is like every other tabloid on sport and has plenty of inane transfer chatter to fill the big gaps in the football off-season. As expected the Arsenal dream is over and they never did become Barcelona and all the players now want to play for Barca whilst Steve Bruce continues to ingratiate himself with his old boss and by all Sir Alex's deadbeats. The pressure is on for the big teams to reduce their debt and reliance on foreign players so to be able to qualify for the Champions League and so this transfer window has been very active. The excellent Modric wants to leave Spurs now they are out of the Champions League and the Olympic stadium and their manager Harry Redknapp cares little as he eyes the England job next year.
There are is some cricket news on the one-day series after England's impressive performance against Sri-Lanka and comment on just how many records Alistair Cook can break. England has been using the series to warm up for the India test matches by playing pretty much the same team and so not scoring quick runs until this week. David Haye continues to offer feeble excuses for his likewise display in the big fight last week after his mouth was 'jabbed' shut by Klitschko. Vlad's silent comment on YouTube on Haye is very funny. The British Grand Prix has a little bit on it but the F1 series already over before half-way. Sun Racing is highly popular with punters and their star punters form guides followed religiously. I'm not a big fan of tabloid sport and prefer to peruse the broadsheets for my cricket and football news. My dream is to write there one day.
On the whole The Sun is a comic for working-class people and the like who are happy with whom they are, the paper reflecting that apathy. The news is generally boring until you get into your mature years and so The Sun is light relief and the distance people want from the bad things going on in the world. It's like eating fatty fried food and blaming someone else because you're fat. They buy it for its lightness and fun aspect and so not too bothered about famines in the Horn of Africa or the British government's current talks in Libya for lucrative oil deals with ex members of Gadaffis regime being edged into power - because they want to sell us the oil at a juicy price. No, The Sun readers want to see those reassuring tits on Page Three and football on the back to stop the adverts spilling out so something to read in their vans and factories to reassure themselves with their familiar routines of the day. The Sun is the trip to Greggs at lunchtime, Eastenders at 7:30pm and a Mars Bar from the comfort cupboard. We don't like uncertainties and big decisions in life and so The Sun takes those things away from people who don't want to get involved. You are either a Sun reader or a newshound.
It's probably renouned as the trashiest, cheapest or whatever else newspaper out there, but people are obviously out there buying it so it has its appeal. It's the only newspaper I ever buy because it makes easy reading, can be amusing, presents the news in an (albeit watered-down) easily absorbed format and has the best problems page around! By comparison, my local paper consists of a small handful of mediocre news for a handsome price, and the tabloids are filled with stories that can't hold my attention as well as puzzles that are beyond my capabilities. As a bonus I know I can hand over the tiny amount of between 20p-30p (it fluctuates) and be occupied for an hour or two depending on the content of the day.
The headline is usually in-keeping with the other headlines of the day, though The Sun will usually have put a more comic spin on it. However it's also common on the slower news days for a celeb to be the focus of the headline. If there is a news type headline, there will almost certainly be some celeb content passed off as news stories (with varying degrees of interest). Inside there is the weather and lottery numbers, and I'm sure everyone is familiar with what is on page 3! What I really like about The Sun is that the news stories throughout the paper are accommpanied by little news stories from around the world, some of these can be hilarious! There is a 4 page spread on various TV stories (TVBiz) and also a celeb pullout called Bizzare. Also included is a TV guide, problems page, cartoons, puzzles and a fairly large sports section at the back. Unfortunately sport is where I turn off and don't have a copy to hand so can't provide any more depth.
Every day there is a weekly page by a recognised name, my favourites are by Jane Moore and Kelvin MacKenzie. This is essentially a mini-newspaper written by that person, it will have a headline story, and lots of little smaller stories around the page on different stories.
So yes I'll continue to buy a copy if I pass a newsagent, read it in public places, and ask for it as my morning newspaper when I stay at a hotel.
Though declining along with the rest of its medium, the Sun is Britain's most successful newspaper and the only one that qualifies as a cultural icon. It has more memorable headlines, such as 'GOTCHA', 'FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER' and 'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT' than all the other newspapers in the country put together. Certainly, if my headlines could get close to matching theirs for brevity and appeal, I'd have made my first DooYoo payment a long time ago.
The mocking tone of 80's sitcoms towards the paper is no longer there, but controversy does still follow it around. The tag of Xenophobia has been firmly attached since the Falklands War, even though the content these days is aimed increasingly at the growing number of immigrants in the country. The world famous red top is still exceedingly unpopular in parts of Merseyside following the reporting of the Hillsborough disaster now over twenty years ago now.
Contrary to what other writers may say, the Sun is not a Conservative, or even conservative newspaper. It is strictly populist. For example, in 2010 the paper lent its weight to the Conservative campaign, apart from the Scottish version which could not decide between the two parties. Even whilst supporting Blair the paper continued to advance conservative positions in most areas because most people still favoured them. Make no mistake about it, if the country turns against toplessness of pretty buxom women in the near future, the Sun will follow and find try to convince people they are leading the way. They'd probably set up a charity.
What really condemns the Sun is that it adds nothing to British life that improves it. Perhaps those snobby sneers are the ones that carry the most weight, but its not the stupidity of the readership that annoys me, it's the absence of intelligence, and the wilful and self-celebrated ignorance of large parts of British society that it seems to embody.
Furthermore, the ability to capture the mood of the nation is diminishing rapidly. The country is no longer as homogenous in its opinions as it once was, nor as willing to unite behind anything. In that sense, the Sun is as much a victim as the collapse of society as a cause and symbol of it.
The Sun newspaper is a lot of things to a lot of people, to people of Merseyside it is something to be avoided all of the time, to people in London it is the closest national newspaper to a free one at 20p.
With its big red sign and ´Currant Bun´nickname (amongst others), the paper is one of the most popular in the UK, it is available in all good newsagents and supermarkets (and some pretty bad ones too!!), it costs 20p in London and I presume 30p everywhere else.
The paper is an easy read and is synonomous the world over as a gossipy tabloid paper that is quick with sparky headlines that are either funny or could offend.
The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch and part of the News International group. It is sold 6 days of the week and replaced by its sister paper, the News of the World on Sundays.
The paper is famous for topless girls on page 3, it generally has about 4-5 pages of current affairs, about 20 of salacious gossip and news stories, mystic meg on Horoscope duties and a sports section that includes a pullout on Mondays of the weekends football and on other days has a pretty sizeable portion held over for sport.
The paper for me, is easy to read and whilst I don´t agree with everything it says, I do find that its sports coverage is fairly good, especially on Mondays.
I find the gossip column annoying but do enjoy the columns of the TV reviewer, Ally Ross and of Frankie Boyle who is at times incendiary, at others laugh out loud funny.
The paper is easy enough for a young child to read, it is aimed at middle england and the everyday man or woman on the street. There are experts on cars and people like Jeremy Clarkson and Jane Moore write columns.
Overall I think for 20p its worth it for the sporting content, I do sometimes miss out the front half of the paper completely especially when Big Brother or similar tosh is on as it spends too much time on such inanitites, but it can fill 15 minutes of a train ride in the morning sometimes even 25!!
Where on earth do I start off with a review on The Sun newspaper?
Firstly I need to say that I always read The Sun whilst doing my paper round as a teenager, especially the sports section and another page (I think you know what one I mean). When I stopped my round and started to work, I missed it so much, I started to buy it.
It was only about 15p at the time (I'm going back to the eighties) and it was an 'entertaining' read.
Then one sad day in 1989 changed everything. The word Hillsborough. I don't need to go into detail about the event itself, but it hit everybody hard on Merseyside. I was an Everton fan and was down at the other Semi Final in Birmingham, however I'd said goodbye to friends and family, who were travelling to Sheffield. History speaks for itself.
On the Monday morning after the tragic event, The Sun had some terrible headlines about Liverpool Supporters. These included 'Some fans picked pockets of victims' , 'Some fans urinated on the brave cops' and 'Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life'.
Now like I said before I am an Everton fan, but I found these remarks, absolutely vile and disgusting. Liverpool fans are not angels. Far from it. But for a City in mourning to wake up to these headlines, were hard to take.The Sun was burnt on every street corner. Newsagents refused to sell it. You certainly daren't be seen reading it. The Sun had made a huge mistake that would cost them millions.
Over the years The Sun has found its way back in to the shops on Merseyside. Not in very high numbers though. I've even bought it a few times for special offers etc. I've also bought it to read whilst lying on the beach on holiday. It is still an entertaining read. It still has beautiful half naked girls on Page 3. The football reports are second to none. However the stories (like all tabloids) are very exaggerated, and they are often seen apologising for mistakes made. There is also an entertainment section, and the normal Bingo, Crosswords etc
Personally even though The Sun is very cheap (about 40p I think) and a good read I could never be a loyal customer again. In any case times have moved on, and I don't buy as many newspapers now. They are out of date as soon as they are printed. For this and the others above, I do not recommend you buy The Sun.
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Since the days when town criers would spread news of local happenings, society has had an unquenchable thirst for news.
Over the years, the style and methods of spreading this news has changed and progressed dramatically and Inevitably, it wasn't long before it morphed into a business venture.
Newspapers come in one of two styles...broadsheets and tabloids. The broadsheets are typically considered to be the "respectable" papers, the ones that deliver real news, whilst the tabloids traditionally pander more to the common mans need of a little entertainment.
Whether these generalisations are fair is really in the eye of the reader, but it is fair to say that most people who are regular paper readers have a personal favourate, and according to sales figures, The Sun is the paper of choice for most of Britain.
Now it's far from my personal favourate, but that's not to deminish those who do enjoy it. In fact, i always thought that if i did a review of the Sun, it would be more scathing. Perhaps not. I'll just strive for honesty.
As far as entertainment goes, The Sun has to rate quite highly, often touting attention grabbing headlines. I say headlines since to say stories may be a bit too much on the nose.
Unfortunately the entertaining side of The Sun comes at he expense of journalistic accuracy. More often than not, rumours and some main stories are eventually exposed to be either very unaccurate or in some cases completely false. However news moves on quickly and people lose interest. Yesterdays news is old news and because of this, The Sun has gotten away with some pretty shacky reporting.
To be fair though, when the paper is reporting on items that are intended to entertain (i.e. Celebs, Sports etc) there is no doubting the quality on display. You've got to give them this...they know what they do best. In fact, the day after a big football game, The Sun sports pages is probably the first place i go for a good match report and player ratings.
At 30p The Sun really is a paper for the everyman. Whether it's your cup of tea or not is largely dependent on what you want from a newspaper. Want to be entertained, look no further. Want accurate reports and journaistic quality...probably best to look elsewhere.
One final point worth noting is that The Sun, like most major papers has branched onto the internet. This could become more relevant in coming years when it looks likely that newspaper sales could begin to deminish in an age where news is readily available via the internet.
It's difficult to give a newspaper a rating given that it's enjoyment and effectiveness is largely dependent on the reader. So, i'll play fair and go down the genourous side of the middle. 3 stars...speaking of which...at least it's better than The Star.
The Sun is a UK newspaper that most people either buy regularly, or avoid completely. It has been no stranger to controversy down the years, and sections of the country (Liverpool as an example) have been even vowed not to sell it. This, together with it's sensationalist approach and tacky reputation has led to an extremely polarised opinion - some say it is just good fun and light reading - others that it's glorified propoganda, and responsible for the general dumbing down of the UK population.
Whoever you are, it's likely you'll have an opinion. And here's mine:
I do admit, I buy the Sun on ocassion and read the website from time to time, too. I do, however, recognize it for what it is - a paper of sleaze, sport, and topless women. If you're into that, then fair enough.
But if you want something with a little more depth, and wish to avoid News International, then you may wish to try something else.
It's very unlikely you're going to get a worse newspaper elsewhere, apart from perhaps the Daily Mail.
Even so, if you are interested in sport, topless women and a little celebrity gossip (albeit usually twisted), then the Sun may very well be for you.
I must say, if its accurate and reliable news your into, the daily sun isn't for you. It's cheesy, badly written, mostly from unknown sources with headlines that dont hold up to the article. But i must say, i can't help but read it.
Don't get me wrong, i would never pay and buy the paper, im talking about a free glance at the website. It's similar to watching What Katie Did Next or Kerry Katona's awful reality programs, its slightly irritating but its funny to laugh at.
The amount of times i have read a political argument based on an opinion thats factually incorrect is unbelieveable. It also has the reading age of an 8 to 12 year old, which doesnt give me any trust in what there actually saying.
Overall, i read the free website if im bored at work, but don't build your opinions and beliefs from this paper alone. It will only make you look like an idiot.
When searching for The Sun so I could do a review on it I was amused and baffled to see it under 'newspapers'. Let's get this clear. The Sun isn't a newspaper. When was the last time something happened in the world, be it a political scandal, terrorist threat, or environmental disaster, where any right minded person has gone 'oh, I want to know more about that. Must pick up The Sun tomorrow.'. No sir! The Sun is categorised into the following:
'I'm not really interested in the news, but I do like a light hearted and entertaining look at the world'.
'It's something to read whilst I eat my breakfast'.
Lots of people I know who read The Sun also read a 'proper' newspaper (usually a broadsheet) to get their news fix. Now, generally I don't have a huge problem with The Sun. It's cheap and it serves a purpose. It's colourful and it holds information (like last night's Lottery results, or the football scores) if not news proper.
My main issue with The Sun is when it crosses that invisible line called morality. The one that will happily post a pedophile's name, address and mugshot on the front page, but count down the days to when a 17 year old turns 18 so she can take off her bra on page 3. The one where the word Muslim is interchangeable with terrorist. The one where gay people are, indirectly but purposefully, suggested to be against the norm.
The whole picture-postcard whoops-how's-your-father seaside comedy is un PC, I'm not one of the PC brigade per se, but there are some things that are unacceptable and there's a reason. The Sun is a bit hypocritical. I'm not saying it's as bad as the Daily Mail (a publication I despise) but it does bother me that there are millions upon millions of people that are supposedly uninterested in the news and are just reading The Sun as a bit of entertainment, and it's their ONLY source of anything even remotely news-related. If you only ever read The Sun, your views on the world would be more than a bit warped very quickly, because it is rather biased and quite often wrong. (Some years ago they printed a story entitled SWAN BAKE..apparently 'waves' of illegal immigrants were catching and eating our swans - yes, it was a lie and yes they eventually printed a retraction when fined by the Press Complaints Commission).
The Sun until fairly recently has been a huge Labour paper - now it's switched allegiance to The Conservative Party, amonst growing public dislike for Gordon Brown, the growing public disagreement with our involvement in the war and with YouGov polls giving Cameron's party the lead. One would suggest they may well be what's known as 'glory supporters'. No doubt if the Conservatives prove victorious The Sun will take all the credit, they excel in bandwagon-jumping (see also Live 8 and Haiti). (In fact, they've already done that - the headline was 'IT WAS THE SUN WOT WON IT'.)
Of course I can't write a review on The Sun without the 'Hillsborough Incident' in which they printed some utter lies about Liverpool fans urinating on the dead and spitting at Policemen during the disaster. All totally unfounded, all totally untrue. Of course, they published a weak apology some time later but it changed a lot of people's opinions of the paper, firstly for printing lies, secondly for adding salt to the fresh wounds of the tragedy, and thirdly for their stance - hardly standing up for the people. Even now many Liverpool newsagents refuse to stock The Sun and many Liverpudlians would never ever allow it in their home.
The paper itself is rather poorly put together - full of spelling errors, simple factual errors (very often geographical) and dubious sources (it has been caught out on more than one occasion copying entire paragraphs from Wikipedia, and has printed many showbiz 'scoops' without checking the facts even once).
So, rather than being something that's read over a fry-up in a greasy spoon, on a building site with a cup of tea or in the homes of millions of UK residents, The Sun when analysed does come across as something more sinister. It has been in the past accused of racism and sexism. It can be found, albeit in a mild (if ever there was such a type) form, in most editions. It prints blatant distortions, if not total lies, on a regular basis.
Yet it is the 10th biggest newspaper of any language in the entire world, and almost three million people read it a day on average. Terrifying.
I have to say I love the sun, that is the big orangey hot one up in the sky though not the daily sun which is supposed to be a NEWS paper but actually reads more like a teen girls magazine, with a real lack of proper journalism and a very over the top reliance on what the biggest stars are getting up to.
Apparently this is the nation's top selling newspaper; I don't know what that says about us because if we were truly interested in news and current affairs then surely this is not where we would choose to source our information.
It is a very cheap paper at only around the 30p mark and it has even been sold as low as 10p at times and even at ten pence I didn't think it was value for money.
Their sports news is basically old hat or made up sensationalism and some of the so called big named ex stars that they have writing their sports columns is laughable, and this goes on throughout the paper with different celebs including Jeremy Clarkson all getting column inches to spout their own brand of rubbish.
I fully understand why people would buy this rag if they enjoy hearing what mug Katie price has hooked up with now or which big silly hat Lady Gaga has chosen to walk out in but let's not insult people intelligence by calling it a newspaper, it is plainly and simply a sensationalist, nonsensical glossy mag without the gloss.