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Nov 16, 2017

Don’t blame the Daily Telegraph for a predictable array of front pages

The Daily Telegraph has been panned for its front page coverage of the same sex marriage 'yes' vote. But why?

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

The Daily Telegraph's front page has been widely criticised online for managing to suck the joy out of a moment that most of the media have celebrated. But its greatest crime is using a dated '90s sitcom reference that would surely be lost on most people, and a dad joke about how miserable marriage is. The grainy still of Al Bundy from Married with Children isn't one of the Tele's most creative or interesting front pages by a long shot, but it at least provides a counter-point to the largely similar front pages of other newspapers around the country today. The Sydney tabloid editorialised in favour of a Yes vote during the campaign, but part of its modus operandi is to be talked about and position itself in opposition to the left elites, and that's what it's done with today's front page.

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