January 24th, 2012

John Kampfner tells Leveson that with the Lobby…

“…the interdependency is most invidious and obvious. Some lobby correspondents have become stenographers to power. When a minister or spokesman telephones, they take it down and reproduce. The more faithful the end product is to the caller’s intent, the more likely the journalist will receive a story in the future. All sides get what they want. The label “exclusive” is fair, technically, in that nobody else has the story, but these are not scoops in the sense that the term was originally intended. This is not intrepid reporting or digging, but services rendered in return for access.”


8 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    And we know exactly who he means.

  2. 2
    Well? says:

    so its a crock of shit then (lobby system).

  3. 3
    E says:

    This post is of interest only to those that exist within the bubble.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    This post is of interest to anyone who cares about the manufacturing of ‘news’ and the descent of our media from gutter to sewer.

  5. 5
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Alternatively, ‘journalists’ can just copy and paste Twitter, like they do at the Telegraph.

  6. 6
    Hugh Janus says:

    Very true Anon. And Peter Oborne makes the same point as Kampfner in his book ‘The Rise of Political Lying’. A very good, if somewhat alarming read in my view. The lobby system works against the national interest and should be banned. Problem is – the media and our sick political class both ‘benefit’ from this cosy arrangement, because it provides a mutual back-scratching service, so it isn’t going to happen, is it?

  7. 7
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘they take it down and reproduce. The more faithful the end product is to the caller’s intent, the more likely the journalist will receive a story in the future.’

    And you get catapulted to Political Editor during the duration of the regime most faithfully ‘reported’ upon, before you can say ‘uniquely funded’.

  8. 8
    Harriets Pants says:

    You can bet your life none of this kind of journalism would have anything to fear from ” regulation”.


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