Mads Gil­bert is a crit­ic of US for­eign policy and of Israel. He also hap­pens to be a Nor­we­gi­an emer­gency medi­cine spe­cial­ist who is cur­rently work­ing inside Gaza. As a doc­tor, he has shown up in TV reports describ­ing the situ­ation inside his med­ic­al facil­ity. But as a crit­ic of Israel/US policy he is under attack him­self, from pre­dict­able […]


Portrait of a journalist

December 27, 2008

The strange sub­theme of Dav­id Samuels’ New York­er por­trait of John Cost­er-Mul­len, a man obsessed with the truth about the first atom­ic bombs, is actu­ally journ­al­ism itself:


The Trust Obsession

April 28, 2008

CNN bills itself as the most trus­ted name in news. Dir­ect­or-Gen­er­­al Mark Thompson reck­ons pub­lic trust is the life-blood of the BBC. Politi­cians and TV presenters wail and tear their clothes in pub­lic at the public’s loss of trust in the media. “Woe is us,” wails the col­lect­ive cry from the journ­al­ism pro­fes­sion, “they don’t […]


It depends on the habit of attend­ing to and look­ing into pub­lic trans­ac­tions, and on the degree of inform­a­tion and sol­id judg­ment respect­ing them that exists in the com­munity, wheth­er the con­duct of the nation as a nation, both with­in itself and towards oth­ers, shall be selfish, cor­rupt and tyr­an­nic­al, or ration­al and enlightened, just and […]