September 8, 2005

Things I Like About England – I

The press.

I love the newspapers and TV news in England.

There\’s a paper for every viewpoint. From the Guardian and Independent on the left, to the Times in the middle, and the Daily Mail on the right,

There\’s also real reporting in England. Reporters ask hard questions. They don\’t wait for 10 Downing Street announcements before reporting on an issue. And if a politician doesn\’t answer a question they ask it again. And again. And again. Imagine that happening in the US.

One day in particular stands out for me. It was the day after the Hutton report had come out (the Hutton inquiry, for those of you who don\’t know, looked into the circumstances regarding weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly\’s death, and whether the BBC\’s claim that the weapons of mass destruction dossier put out by 10 Downing Street had been \”sexed up\” had been a factor in his death).

And so it was that on the day after the inquiry, January 29, 2004, I went to purchase a paper at our local newstand. What greeted me was the Independent with a blank front page, and the single word \”Whitewash?\” in the center of the paper.

Imagine the New York Times becoming so indignant about the New Orleans tragedy that it printed a paper with a blank front page with just the word \”Resign.\” on it.

Imagine.

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