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Capitalism's Conscience


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List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: 'Just the Establishment'? - Des Freedman
1. In the Wake of Peterloo? A Radical Account of the Founding of the Guardian - Des Freedman
2. The Political Economy of the Guardian - Aaron Ackerley
3. Reflections from an Editor-at-large - Gary Younge
4. Radical Moments at the Guardian - Victoria Brittain
5. The Guardian and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Ghada Karmi
6. The Guardian and Latin America: Pink Tides and Yellow Journalism - Alan MacLeod
7. The Origins of the Guardian Women's Page - Hannah Hamad
8. Trans Exclusionary Radical Centrism: The Guardian, Neoliberal Feminism and the Corbyn Years - Mareile Pfannebecker and Jilly Boyce Kay
9. The Guardian and Surveillance - Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis
10. Corruption in the Fourth Estate: How the Guardian Exposed Phone Hacking and Reneged on Reform of Press Regulation - Natalie Fenton
11. The Guardian and Corbynism and Antisemitism - Justin Schlosberg
12. Guardian Journalists and Twitter Circles - Tom Mills
13. The Guardian and the Economy - Mike Berry
14. The Guardian and Brexit - Mike Wayne
15. 'I'm not "racist" but': Liberalism, Populism and Euphemisation in the Guardian - Katy Brown, Aurelien Monden and Aaron Winter
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition. He is the author of books including The Politics of Media Policy (2008) and The Contradictions of Media Power (2014) and co-author of Misunderstanding the Internet (2016) and The Media Manifesto (2020).


'A lively and well-researched history and critique of Britain's best newspaper, exposing the ideological contradictions and editorial tensions which generally keep the 'Guardian' allied to a soft liberalism but shies away from radical or socialist answers to capitalism's recurring crises'

-- Jonathan Steele, former Chief Foreign Correspondent for the 'Guardian'

'Fascinating and timely'

-- Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London

'A page turner - reveals the liberal establishment in all its ingloriousness, sprinkled with a few moments of integrity'

-- Beverley Skeggs, Professor, Sociology, Lancaster University

'Liberalism typically champions particular campaigns for social justice but distances itself from challenges to the state and economy that produces these injustices. At last a book which reveals this serious problem. A must read for all Guardian readers!'

-- Hilary Wainwright, Founding Editor of 'Red Pepper' and author of 'A New Politics From the Left' (Polity Press, 2018)

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