Looks like they’re all now doing it. The last time I saw TV was in 2008 when I’d watch the nightly news on either the Beeb or Sky [the two available channels].
Can’t remember the issue at the time but the slant and bias were appalling from both. I recall Sky were worse, putting spin and leaving the other side of the question untouched when the blogs were all saying something else. It was so blatant, I recall, that it was jawdropping. Might have been about Obama.
There’s not a lot new in this – there were long ago allegations about Katie Graham at the Washington Post and similar at the NYT – see the recent Trifecta post where the NYT ran the professor’s treatise on tearing down the Constitution and why it was necessary.
You could go back to the Great War and how the news was gagged. Essentially, the difference until last year was the web but even there, primary news was captured. Let’s face it, on the big stories, we look first to Twitter for the breaking news and then to our trusted blogs for analysis – we do[ the pundits] but not those out there in the land – they still go for deep captcha for their slant on the world.
Twitter and political blogs are therefore the last remaining true sources [including trolling and planted disinformation] and with sources drying up and more of the same coming from the PTB in the news anyway, blogs are drying up – people on my blogrolls are blogging far less. Twitter’s still going but I gave it up because it insisted on connecting Facebook and Google to it and was playing havoc with my computer.
Then there is Common Purpose Leveson in our country. And a few minutes ago:
Why are so many doing it this week? Why this week?