Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Blair is right about the press


In his recent Reuters speech Tony Blair argued that "attacking motive is far more potent than attacking judgment; it is not enough for someone to make an error, it has to be venal." He is right. In today's media comment and reporting have merged into the same thing.
Talking about the 24 hour news agenda Blair stated that "things harden within minutes. You can't let speculation stay out there longer than an instant." In other words, make an error within the first few minutes of a story breaking and what was a mere 'problem' can fast become a major crisis.


As Michael White has argued in today's Guardian, politicians are accountable but journalists are...

1 comment:

Hughes Views said...

Seems to me that in the UK we now have a dreadful press, I was going to type "the worst in the world" but, as I only have limited experience of the rest of the world's press, I'll have to bow to the experience of others. But the UK self-regulation regime is feeble in the extreme and the 'if it's not perfect it's a major crisis' line that even the broadsheets and the BBC now seem to take is very tiresome.

btw Mr B seems to have struck a nerve over at the Indy and with some of its readers to judge by its letters page (although the ones about the smoking ban are rather good!). It's a shame that what was once my favourite paper has degenerated into the angry "Daily Mail for people who recycle" as one wag dubbed it...