As it’s Friday this is good for a laugh. On Wednesday night BBC Newsnight featured a short film by our tory blogger ‘friend’ Guido Fawkes, and later a studio discussion with him and Michael White of the Guardian, discussing whether mainstream journalists are too close to the Westminster circle to provide a good understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes. Paxo was moderating of course.
You can watch the short film and discussion from Chicken Yoghurt (from where I nicked the title).
It is the nearest you’ll get to car-crash TV, as Brownie on HP also points out. Guido, or Paul Staines, makes some good points but gets completely slaughtered in the discussion. It’s fun watching again and again.
My own view is that individual journalists do indeed end up sometimes getting too close to politicians, blatantly colouring their reporting and commentary as a result. And plus you have certain newspapers with their own pro-Labour or pro-Tory agenda. For example the Telegraph ran so many silly articles on the Smith Institute at the time Guido was trying to flind mud at them that it became almost comical. To that extent I welcome more media proliferation because I think a breaking of the traditional circle would encourage journalists to compete to break stories politicians would rather keep silent, or pass them on to blogs that do their work for them.
Update: Since Amir’s become hysterical in the comments again, I’d like to rub salt in his wounds by pointing out this parody by Tim. (via Poons).
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