How Far Did the British Press Control Public Opinion?

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How far did the British press control public opinion? Many historians argue that the British press had significantly influence on the British public opinion toward the Boer War. However, I would argue that during the guerrilla war(especially the middle of 1901) is when the public opinion being influenced by the press; before that, British press had never control the public views but simply followed the public perception and served them with cooked news, in hoping to earn more money by selling these papers. During the whole Boer War, newspaper was the only media for most of the public to get access to the information about the war; therefore people were closely following the news on the paper. This supported by Source B where it says “our days are spent with reading our papers”. People are so anxiety in knowing how their relatives doing, they wanted to know about the pure facts rather than people opinion toward the war. So as Alfred Harmsworth, the owner of Daily news, aimed to make money by maximizing sales. He tended to serve public with cooked news, which written in a simple heading and shorter paragraph that met the readers interest. As we could see in source B, during the black week, one of the news was “terrible reverse of British troops- loss of 2000”. This news was short and summarize direct to the point, which again suggest that instead of using the newspaper as a media to express opinion of politicians and leading people views, it was following the public interest by posting the summary of the situation in the war. In addition, during the early crisis and the British recovery, the situation of each period was clear; based on pure facts about the events such as black week and the arrival of reinforcements, public could easily judge the war and came out with their own view toward the war (whether the war is a good thing or not). In source C, where
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