Like most national political commentators who seek to pass judgement on the media, ex-spin doctor Campbell failed to acknowledge the fact that, at a regional level at least, people do trust what they read, and rely on their local newspaper and its digital platforms for information day in, day out. It’s why Trinity Mirror’s regional brands recorded their best day ever last Thursday, and second best day ever last Friday, as gales gripped Northern England and big waves battered the North East.
Anyway, I’ll save the ’10 reasons why Campbell is wrong about the media’ for another day – maybe when I’m full of christmas cake.
Regular readers of this blog will know I’m into politics, and one of the things Campbell sought to deal with in his speeches was how politics should mend its reputation with the public. After blaming the media for not covering politics properly – ie not covering what’s said in the Commons in enough details, he said: