The dead tree press has commissioned some of its lawyers and senior editors to take a good hard look at current practice in the media – before the committee set up by the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport starts poking around. Lawyers always like to know what the ‘prosecution’ might discover before the trial.
They commissioned Youguv to conduct a poll, and discovered that a miserly 35 people out of every 1000 actually trusted the media to behave responsibly. A higher proportion of people trust the banks to behave properly. Perhaps the 35 people who trust the banks don’t actually read a newspaper!
As an example, it cited ‘inaccurate and in some cases defamatory reporting’ of the case of Madeleine McCann and claims that low trust in national newspapers is getting worse as newsrooms cut costs, putting journalists under greater pressure and increasing inaccuracy.
On BBC Radio 4 ’Today’, Torin Douglas said that in the McCann case, ‘press standards had been sacrificed to promote sales’.
There you have it – no conspiracy to hide the truth, it’s the economy see, they can’t ‘afford’ to tell the truth.