Politicians and the ‘feral beast’…

Gonzo noted an important speech from Tony Blair on the media. The general consensus seems to be right message wrong messenger. Notwithstanding an important local clause about well behaved witnesses, it’s in line with a number of themes we’ve been blogging here on Slugger over the past few years re journalism and the reporting of politics. Over at Comment is Free, I’ve argued that journalists have to get down to the job of working out what is actually going on, particularly in the legislature, and not simply turning up like a gaggle of semi hysterical groupies everywhere the PM/taoiseach or other some such media stars go…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty