George Monbiot has a very interesting blog entry at the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/g ... -interests
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He uses a piece by Magnus Linklater to illustrate how journalists need to be made to declare an interest in stories they publish.
This, to me, touches on a wider problem with journalism. It claims to hold other people to account (it often does so capriciously, concentrating on the sins of the underclass and those who challenge wealth and power, rather than those of the billionaire class for whom most journalists work). But it is itself almost completely unaccountable. Few journalists provide references for their claims, so that readers can judge for themselves whether they are accurately representing the facts. Fewer still show where their own economic interests lie: whether or not, in other words, they are the disinterested commentators they purport to be.
Well, yes, we know. But it's good to see the point of view entering the mainstream - perhaps it should have been flagged up for Brian?