Disarming the media

2008-02-05 00:00

“Journalists need to remember that not every debate or disagreement is a ‘damaging split.’” So says Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s erstwhile spokesman, commenting on the British media in a recent lecture. His address has sparked a discussion on who is to blame for the breakdown of trust between the media and politicians.

Take the cliché about the Jesuit General being the “black Pope”. This is explained in some papers with sartorial super-ficiality as being because the Pope wears white and the Jesuit General black. Deep analysis.

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