A piece in “Informed” the NUJ’s NEC Mag (I think) has Ian Burrel claiming that “Brexit has changed political journalism beyond recognition” as he “gauged feelings on the front line.” but hey! Makes light a subject that should bother us. I think again.
He states that despite “all the journalistic resources thrown at Brexit, there are complaints that the news industry has left the public under-served and ill-informed as reporters cotton onto off-record briefing strategy.” There’s perceptive.
Peter Oborne a right wing commentator quoted in the article further believes that a swathe of his peers as “stenographers” for swallowing “dodgy stories and commentary” from Number 10. These two makes the point. “ Begs the question is this good for our trade.
Well: It should be noted that the two practitioners; political journalists and politicians are/have become two of a kind the former a welter of journalists in the ranks of politicians (MPs, PRs and advisers)and politicians seconding as journalists by trade and or inclination across tele, radio and print.
Boris is “right in the thick of it.!” To the detriment I claim of our trade.
The piece has in a box this: “Johnson (not as with Theresa May) is at his ease among journalists and his “eye for a story” has put him “on the front foot” in relations with the media since entering Downing Street. A man who, as a reporter in Brussels, thought nothing of concocting stories like an EU “plan” to regulate on bendy fruit.
“At ease with journalists” is surely the euphemism of the century, He had editors downwards in his pocket willing and able to play up his merits (if any) and down plays his demerits of which there are plenty. This evident in his careers as journalist, Mayor of London, MP and Prime minister and writ large as Foreign secretary.
So in considering the condition of our trade as to Boris: The man who “thought nothing of concocting stories” and who makes true the accusation concerning journalists “if you haven’t got a story … make one up!”