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3.0 out of 5 stars
Overdue, and overwhelming, 2 Jan 2012
The indictment in this book of the way the press -- particularly, but by no means exclusively, the tabloid press-- has over many years skewed its coverage of social policy issues, often through delibersate misrepresentation, to fit its own agenda, has been made before, but never with such detailed documentation as Malcolm Dean (a colleage of mine for many years at the Guardian) provides here -- and certainly not by one who through this whole period was a working journalist, specialising in the same field. The book was well under way before there began to emerge the shameful record of Press malpractice that is now the subject of the Leveson inquiry.The damage that the News of the World and possibly other newspapers have done in that context is now universally known. The damage done in the context that this book examines, so much less analysed and discussed, deserves the same exposure; and gets it here.