Alastair Campbell on our 24-hour news culture: Much like Paxman’s underpants, journalism might be bigger today, but it isn’t any better.
There has been a shift to what may be defined as a culture of negativity which goes well beyond coverage of politics. Of course, the idea of news as something that someone, somewhere would rather not see published is a good one. But it is partial. When a prevailing wisdom takes hold that news is only news when it is bad for someone, and especially someone in power, then it narrows and distorts the view of the world.
This from a man who made his name ‘spinning’ the media for Tony Blair, and with mostly negative items about the Tories.