Front pages from Britain's leading newspapers today show the British press at its "partisan worst", a leading BBC presenter has claimed.
The Sun, which famously took credit for turning the 1992 election in the Tories' favour, told its readers to "Save Our Bacon" by voting against Miliband.
Referring to Miliband's disastrously unphotogenic efforts to eat a bacon sandwich, the paper thundered: "This is the pig's ear Ed Made of a helpless sarnie. In 48 hours, he could be doing the same to Britain."
The Daily Mail also attacked Miliband. It gave half its front page to say: "For sanity's sake don't let a class-war zealot and the SNP destroy our economy - and our very nation."
Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil, who was editor of The Sunday Times for 11 years, was appalled by today's headlines and angrily claimed no editor would agree to appear on his show to justify their stance.
He said "all pretence of separation between news and opinion" was gone.
Tomorrow's front pages show British press at partisan worst. All pretence of separation between news and opinion gone, even in "qualities".— Andrew Neil (@afneil) May 5, 2015
Editors/owners determine the sort of partisan front pages you will see tomorrow yet not one will appear on @daily_politics to defend actions— Andrew Neil (@afneil) May 5, 2015
Peter Jukes, who has published books on the phone hacking scandal and is a loud voice for press reform, said he "felt sorry for the journalists who have to put their names to their proprietor's BS".
Just caught up with #tomorrowspaperstoday Genuinely feel sorry for the journalists who have to put their names to their proprietor's BS— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) May 6, 2015
BREAKING: #tomorrowspaperstoday reveal Fleet St is broken. Not fit for purpose as a source of news. Not persuasive. Or even funny anyome— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) May 6, 2015
People tweeted about the Daily Mail's contradiction in championing the incumbent party while condemning the state of the NHS.
STOP RED ED, BUT BY THE WAY THE NHS IS PRETTY AWFUL RIGHT NOW FOR UNRELATED REASONS, OR SOMETHING pic.twitter.com/OLkdNJdApx— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) May 5, 2015
An impressive lack of cognitive dissonance on the Daily Mail front page today. pic.twitter.com/2j71dBgPw0— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) May 6, 2015
Interesting frontpage from the Daily Mail. "Keep Labour out. Oh, and the current coalition have screwed up the NHS". pic.twitter.com/LHJJhHD7ii— Prad Patel (@pradip) May 6, 2015
Labour candidate and Murdoch gadfly Tom Watson was among those tweeting their responses to the The Sun headline.
When I saw tomorrow's Sun front page I thought it appropriate to tweet this. RT if you agree with the poster. pic.twitter.com/kt2msewG12— tom_watson (@tom_watson) May 5, 2015
Struggling to eat a bacon sandwich? Front page of today's Sun. Struggling to feed your children? No room for you in @rupertmurdoch's papers.— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) May 6, 2015
The Sun's front page appears to be saying: look how Ed eats a sandwich, therefore vote Tory.
Am I still asleep?— Dan Howdle (@DanHowdle) May 6, 2015
Sun spokesman Dylan Sharpe defended the paper and pointed to headlines in "Left establishment" papers The Mirror and The Guardian that, he implied, reflected their own partisanship.
I'm glad we're all agreed that newspapers don't have the influence they used t...OH MY GOD HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT'S ON THE FRONT OF THE SUN?!— Dylan Sharpe (@dylsharpe) May 5, 2015
Compared with The Sun and The Daily Mail, The Telegraph's front was sober but its headline still boomed: "Nightmare On Downing Street" for its report on Sir John Major claiming that the Labour/SNP government would "tear our nation apart.
Jay Stoll tweeted a photo of three of the front pages alongside each other.
Plague on all your houses. pic.twitter.com/WRHQEL7Jox— Jay Stoll (@jaystoll) May 6, 2015
On the day Major backed his party in The Telegraph, the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror splashed on a recording it had obtained of the former prime minister claiming the Tories had not done enough to tackle inequality and Britain still had a "substantial underclass".
It ran the headline 'Major Fail' next to a picture of David Cameron holding his face in his hands. The article's intro began: "The Tory election campaign has suffered a hammer blow..."
The Express, which has previously splashed on the fact its owner has donated to Ukip, splashed on Nigel Farage pleading for people to vote for his party.
Of all the front pages, its political stance was the most direct:
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