26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good but needed more work,
By A Customer
This review is from: What the Media Do to Our Politics (Paperback)
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.