Accountability Journalism

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“Accountability journalism” Len Downie of the Washington Post said at the launch of the Reuters’ Institute last Monday, “lies at the heart of democratic society”. So we should applaud the Daily Mail for its front page exclusive on the Labour party funding scam (‘You pay millions in tax to fund Labour’). Given its complexity it’s a brave move to lead on Tim Shipman and Paul Sims’ report about how Labour is allegedly skimming over £2m from local councillors to pay of its debts. It’s just unfortunate that there has to be so much emotive language within the article which confuses rather than clarifies.
Not as emotive as the Independent which leads today with ‘Emergency – The Mixed-Sex Wards Scandal’. Granted, the Independent now calls itself a viewspaper rather than a newspaper, but is this really a balanced front page from a member of the ‘quality press’. How does it compare to the same paper’s environmental coverage, or reports from Darfur?

Written by Martin Moore

November 24th, 2006 at 3:20 pm

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  1. The Mail would read better with the adverbs and adjectives taken out!

    adrian monck

    25 Nov 06 at 4:05 pm

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