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What the Media are Doing to Our Politics [Paperback]

John Lloyd
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24 Jun 2004
Nothing more grimly highlights the terrible state of relations between the British press and the Government than the autumn 2003 Hutton Inquiry into the tragic death of weapons expert David Kelly. Indeed, as John Lloyd argues in this timely and deeply controversial book, the media are now no longer functioning as an inquiring check on the excesses of the political class. Instead they have become an alternative establishment, one supremely dedicated to a theatrical distrust of individual politicians and a furious and calculated indifference to the real-life intricacies of world policy-making. That the media have emerged today as a powerful and largely unaccountable force in British public life is undeniable. But here Lloyd takes things further and puts forward the case, persuasively and aggressively, that the composition and background of the media elite, and the growing emphasis on profit in the companies for which they work, have created an idol that takes as its sacrifice justice and balance, and deprives the public of the information they need in order to act as responsible citizens.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson Ltd. (24 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841199001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841199009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Lloyd is editor of the Financial Times Magazine. He has been an industrial and foreign correspondent for the FT and a columnist for Les Echos, La Riformista and The Toronto Globe and Mail. He has written for Prospect, New York Times Magazine, and the Times Literary Supplement. His books are Loss without Limit: the British Miners' Strike (1986) and Rebirth of a Nation: an Anatomy of Russia (1998). He is a director of the Moscow School for Political Studies and the East West Institute in New York.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but needed more work 1 Nov 2004
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If you ever listen to the Today programme or watch Newsnight and find yourself rooting for the politician against the interviewer's hyper-aggressive questioning then you don't need to read this book. If however you believe in the saintliness of Humphreys, Paxman et al then you need to wake up and buy this book...!
There are interesting short comparisons with news-media cultures in France, Italy, Sweden and America - worth reading if you're not aware of the differences but the book as a whole seems to meander on without clear direction. Where was the editing? Its at least 1 revision short of the finished article.
Despite that the author's clearly passionate belief in the possibility of objective reporting especially by a publicly funded broadcaster like the BBC is inspiring. That passion though does feel a little restrained by his position within the industry - I got a sense of pulled punches when he discusses particular media figures. That's not to say several well known names wouldn't find this book uncomfortable reading!
We need John Lloyd and more like him because as he says the British news-media culture can change only from within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Mr Lloyd! 26 Oct 2008
Finally some one has had the gut's & come out & said it. Were all fed up to the eyeball's with the whinging & whining & general lack of respect that our so called mass media have on our leader's & the power's that be.

I thought it was brilliant when The Lord Hutton report' revealed the depth's of depravity that our so called public service's the British Broadcasting Service, were prepared to stoop too - What's the Media Doing To Our Politics Brilliantly uses this example as it's case for war on our sloppy British Journalism (you know who you are & shame on you) - Bravo Mr Lloyd keep up the good work!
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