En el Reino Unido hay, como en todas partes, periódicos de derechas, de centro, de izquierda… En la sátira politica Yes, Prime Minister, de Jonathan Lynn & Antony Jay, de la que ya hemos hablado en la entrada anterior, el Primer Ministro Jim Hacker intenta demostrar a sus asesores Sir Humphrey y Bernard que él entiende muy bien la prensa británica y por qué la leen los ciudadanos. El fragmento no tiene desperdicio:
“Hacker: I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country. The Times is read by people who actually do run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who own the country. The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country1. The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.
Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about people who read The Sun.
Bernard: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country as long as she’s got big tits.”
1 The Morning Star is a socialist newspaper with a very small circulation (about 20,000). When this satire was written, it often supported the policies of the Soviet Union. That is the ‘other country’ in the extract.