Miranda and the policing of politics

The David Miranda case is causing outrage for all sorts of good reasons: interference in legitimate journalism, abuse of power, excessive powers being granted in the first place, detention without advice, etc etc. Underlying all this, however, is a set of issues that is not being talked about so much: the deliberate undermining of politics as a legitimate pursuit for anyone other than professional politicians. … Continue reading Miranda and the policing of politics

Paralympics, media, and the fear of saying the wrong thing

In our house, it became a nightly game during the Olympics to count the number of times athlete interviews started with (or consisted entirely of) a variation of the following: “So, how delighted are you with your medal?” “Oh, absolutely delighted…” Really? Do tell. The contrast with the Paralympic Games has been striking.┬áInterviews have ranged from the disarmingly frank to the wildly emotional to the … Continue reading Paralympics, media, and the fear of saying the wrong thing

Repackaging the noise – an open letter to The Guardian

This is a letter to The Guardian I wrote today. It applies to many other newspapers in Britain, on both sides of the political spectrum. Yes, I realise this makes me look old —┬áI prefer to think it makes me look busy — but I think there’s an important principle here that many news organizations are forgetting, which is that traditional journalism is not about … Continue reading Repackaging the noise – an open letter to The Guardian