There is a bias in journalism. Not against any particular party or point of view – it is a bias against understanding. Sound familiar? It is from John Birt’s seminal article in The Times in 1975. He was talking about television’s ‘mission to explain’. I would argue that journalism today is working hard on explaining, but what it really […]
‘Fake news’ is now a global issue but what’s really at stake? In this article based on his speech to the Asian Journalism Fellowship conference in Singapore, Charlie Beckett calls for a wider debate about truth, trust and technology – the subject of an LSE Commission to be launched this autumn.
‘Fake news’ is a real problem: the viral hoaxes created […]
One of the great figures of 20th century history, Helmut Kohl, the former German Chancellor, has died. We Brits tend to think Margaret Thatcher brought down the Berlin Wall and ended the Cold War, but in many ways Kohl had more significance in re-shaping Europe.
His decision to press ahead with the unification of Germany when everyone thought it would […]