Alright this is going to be political (again) but just what do we have to do to get a fair say in the media? Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised by dog people for health projects. They spend large amounts of their own money on having their animals tested for varying problems and what do they get in return “oh dear, oh dear, people are standing up to the very one-sided view of PDE so they are all nasty”.
The Kennel Club should have stood up when asked for a comment but what did they give; “oh dear, oh dear nobody should be picked out individually”. What in tarnation did that programme do to dog people? It led to shouts of “Nazi” being hurled at Pedigree Dog people. People who had bred stock all their lives to well-known, established and accepted principles were suddenly bracketed with holocaust initiators. Actions taken within the law, and by the law, were suddenly questioned “because that programme said so”.
The stereotypical Independent reader was always supposed to be trendily left wing but lately it has leant the other way but obviously not where balancing SOME facts are concerned. It seems what Tony Blair said back in 2007 “Comment is a perfectly respectable part of journalism. But it is supposed to be separate. Opinion and fact should be clearly divisible. The truth is a large part of the media today not merely elides the two but does so now as a matter of course.
In other words, this is not exceptional. It is routine. The metaphor for this genre of modern journalism is the Independent newspaper. Let me state at the outset it is a well-edited lively paper and is absolutely entitled to print what it wants, how it wants, on the Middle East or anything else.
But it was started as an antidote to the idea of journalism as views not news. That was why it was called the Independent. Today it is avowedly a viewspaper not merely a newspaper.
still holds good today!