If you wanted a sign of the grow­ing import­ance of the UK news media in report­ing US polit­ics (a phe­nomen­on sup­por­ted by Matt Drudge, the now glob­al online mar­ket in Eng­lish lan­guage news, and the largely apolit­ic­al US press), here it is. Media Mat­ters, a Demo­crat­ic-lean­ing MSM rebut­tal ser­vice, turns its power­ful fisk­ing atten­tion to this Times […]


Here is an edited ver­sion of Rupert Mur­doch’s Boy­er lec­ture — The Future of News­pa­pers: Mov­ing Bey­ond Dead Trees. One word sum­mary? Brands. But here it is: Too many journ­al­ists seem to take a per­verse pleas­ure in rumin­at­ing on their pending demise. I know indus­tries that are today facing stiff new com­pet­i­tion from the inter­net: banks, retail­ers, […]


The Fin­an­cial Times has a trenchant cri­tique of BBC World­wide and its impact on the pub­lic ser­vice broad­cast­ing debate. But who exactly is the per­son ‘famil­i­ar with the BBC Trust’s think­ing’ that they quote? Or the lead­ing Lon­don banker? Don’t be temp­ted by the obvi­ous jig­saw iden­ti­fic­a­tion. A per­son famil­i­ar with the BBC Trust’s think­ing says: […]


Paul Krug­man didn’t win the Nobel prize for eco­nom­ics for this. But maybe he should have. It’s a med­it­a­tion on Brit­ish food and why it was once so dread­ful. (And there’s surely a les­son in there about edu­ca­tion and media con­sump­tion.)

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