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Category Archives: Newspapers
A bizarre feeling of deja vu every night at the moment. Again the Times, Indy and Guardian try to tell the story of Libya without having a correspondent there while the Telegraph makes a point of ignoring the story.
Libya is the story of the moment but what is interesting is that none of the nationals have anyone in Benghazi or even Tripoli. This is because all Visa requests are being turned down so anyone trying to get there is struggling. To make things worse the Libyans are interfering with internet and television signal, so Al Jazeera is also down. So tonight’s papers all, bar the Telegraph, splash with a story about Libya written largely in London.
The Telegraph and The Times battle it out for the best defence cuts story, The Indy has the aftermath of Egypt, the Guardian has the man who trained the 7/7 bombers being released and the Mail leads with illegal immigrants claiming benefits.
The word of the night is surely ‘clings’ with the Times, the Indy and The Guardian all using it in their headline. The Telegraph and The Mail stick with their policies of ignoring Egypt, with the Telegraph going with state school pupils at top universities and The Mail declaring victory over Europe.
The Times has the failure of the Big Society, The Indy has a good investigation from Robert Fisk, The Telegraph has Eric Pickles ranting on about waste, The Daily Mail has the end of the ASBO.
The Guardian and the Indy are desperate not to put Egypt on the front page but have nothing better to replace it with, while The Times goes the other way and bumps Egypt up. The Telegraph continues to revel in its Wikileaks dump.
The Indy and The Guardian lead with Egypt, The Telegraph has some more Wikileaks and The Times has an interview with the country’s top family law judge.
The Guardian, The Times and the Indy all lead with Mubarak but the Telegraph has a story that on any other night would lead the news bulletins.
The Independent scoops the rest of the pack tonight (not often you can say that) with Robert Fisk securing the first full-length interview with the man most likely to take over from Mubarak in Egypt, Mohammed ElBaradei. The only other paper maybe worth a look in is the Telegraph which uses Wikileaks docs to reveal that ministers advised the Libyans on how to get the alleged Lockerbie bomber out of jail.