Ideology and Politics in the Popular Press: The Case of the 2009 UK MPs’ Expenses Scandal

  • Wei-yuan Chang
  • Jason Glynos


Exuberant rhetoric and stoked-up emotion are widely acknowledged to be key features of the popular press. However, there is disagreement about how best to understand and evaluate them. Some attribute to them a negative valence, viewing them as obstacles to rational debate and deliberation. Others attribute to them a necessary social function as sense-making devices that enable us to act in an increasingly complex world. And some attribute to them a potentially political role but are ambivalent as to its precise merits. Using the 2009 members of Parliament expenses scandal in the UK as our main empirical referent, and investigating how this was covered in three British national popular newspapers (Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and the Sun),2 we deploy a psychoanalytically-inflected discourse theory to argue that an appeal to the categories of enjoyment and fantasy helps make more precise the ideological and political significance of emotive language in the popular press.


Popular Culture Political Ideology News Story Popular Press Popular Medium 
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