OUR LAPDOG MEDIA….Patrick Nielsen Hayden has a good post about the difference between the American media and the British media when it comes to interviewing politicians. Short version: their reporters insist that politicians actually answer their questions, ours just accept what they’re told and move on.
Of course, this is only partly the media’s fault. American politicians tend to avoid reporters or situations in which they’ll be merciless grilled, while for some reason British politicians seem to feel obligated to take on all comers. I’m not sure why that is. But whatever the reason, watching Tony Blair go on TV and get treated like a man on trial for serial murder is an eye opening experience for an American.