We don’t need ‘gotcha’ journalism now

3 Apr

We live in the age of the omniscient anchor. Not that the news-frontmen and women are really omniscient, of course, but in Britain and (even more so) in America there is a type of presenter who is held up — and certainly held themselves up — as though the world and everything in it was […]

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Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he feels he now has to say that he is a Jew “when reporting on the toxic question of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”. Peston, 59, said he has not been a member of a political party since he was 24 “because I never wanted to be seen as a pamphleteer … Continue reading “Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims'”

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Robert Peston says declining trust in BBC is bad for all impartial news providers

9 Mar

ITV political editor Robert Peston has said declining trust in any news provider, especially the BBC, “is bad for our collective mission”. “Those who supply it – ITV, the BBC, Channels 4 and 5, Sky – thrive or fail together. Even when competing, the taint of one can infect the others, the triumph of one … Continue reading “Robert Peston says declining trust in BBC is bad for all impartial news providers”

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Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he was “not spun” by Dominic Cummings in wrongly claiming a Labour activist had hit a Tory adviser in a fracas during the general election campaign. The ITV political editor tweeted, along with a number of other political journalists, that an adviser to Matt Hancock had been “whacked in the face … Continue reading “Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare'”

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Irresponsible media coverage of no-deal planning risks creating problems where none exist

16 Sep

In the ethereal pages of BrexitCentral, Julian Jessop last week usefully set out some of the specifics as to why the released Operation Yellowhammer document is nothing to be scared of. That has not stopped serious journalists from still failing to understand the very nature of the documents falling on their laps. On Wednesday’s evening […]

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