Tony Blair

Thom­son Reu­ters boss Tom Glo­cer has a frank post­ing from Sun Val­ley (your own private Idaho). Glo­cer, who was based in Lon­don until recently, is now back in the US and tells it like it is on the real value of the “spe­cial rela­tion­ship”: The US has pur­sued a uni­lat­er­al­ist approach to world affairs over the past […]


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 […]


Lord Hut­ton has pub­lished an art­icle on media reac­tion to his report. Let’s ignore the fact that his foot­notes on page one spell Freed­land as Fried­land. Typo! He’s obvi­ously one unhappy bunny. Which is a shame. I teach the Hut­ton Inquiry to post­gradu­ate stu­dents. And I hap­pen to think – in hind­sight – that he did a pretty good […]