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Journalistic censure

February 9, 2009

I wouldn’t exactly call Kev­in Myers one of my favour­ite writers, but it takes a belly full of bile to com­pose an epistle of anger this good. I must admit to har­bour­ing sim­il­ar feel­ings for some of the people I’ve encountered along the way.


I was one of the people inter­viewed for Andrew Cur­rah’s What’s Hap­pen­ing to Our News, which is out today. Don’t let that put you off. Andrew’s an eco­nom­ic geo­graph­er — dif­fer­ent, I guess, from a geo­graph­ic eco­nom­ist — maybe it’s an eco­nom­ist who knows where he is.

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The Wire

January 10, 2009

So you still haven’t seen The Wire? Prob­ably the single best thing on a TV mon­it­or since the geni­us that was Alan Bleas­dale’s G.B.H., and 21C television’s single best attempt at recre­at­ing the 19C nov­el. It’s dense struc­ture and tight plot­ting means it has to be watched night after night — not once a week — one […]


Hav­ing writ­ten a book about trust in the media, I tend to keep track of the end­less trust polling that pours forth. Here’s the latest from TNS. When it comes to news­pa­pers TNS observed that less than a quarter (23%) of UK respond­ents ‘highly trus­ted’ news­pa­pers. In fact the UK gave the low­est score in this respect with […]