Nick Cohen on press freedom (when he’s good he’s VERY good)

November 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm (BBC, Civil liberties, Daily Mail, Free Speech, Guardian, Jim D, media, snooping)

This blog tends to have a love-hate relationship with Nick Cohen. But we have to admit that when he’s good, he’s very, VERY good. If you missed him on Radio 4’s Any Questions, you really should listen now. He certainly won me over on the question of the Royal Charter on the press with a quietly impassioned contribution that even brought in Milton. He was equally good on the Snowden revelations and threats to the Guardian. Come to that, he spoke a lot of sense about that inflatable rat…

Here he is in equally splendid form at the Spectator‘s blog:

British journalists form a circular firing squad

Daily Mail editorial

To stop liberals duping the credulous masses, the very right-wing press, which boasted with justice in the case of the Mail, about how it stood up to Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson’s attempts to intimidate the media, is now encouraging the Tories to attack the Guardian and intimidate the BBC while they are about it.

Their double-standards show censorship is fine on the British Right as long as it is the Right doing the censoring. Mind you, the Left is no less duplicitous.

Carry on reading

4 Comments

  1. Nick Cohen on press freedom (when he’s good he’s VERY good) | OzHouse said,

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  2. Rosie B said,

    Agree, he’s really good on Any Questions – a programme that usually annoys me too much to listen to.

  3. TheLiberalArms (@TheLiberalArms) said,

  4. Mike Killingworth said,

    Mind you, the Left is no less duplicitous.

    Yup, you can be politically engagé or you can be honest. A study of the respective careers of Marx and Lenin may serve as a refresher course – were they not on opposite sides of this issue?

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