Bill Clinton discouraged politicians from picking fights with people who bought their ink by the barrel. Mindful of that advice, Lindsay Tanner has waited until the end of a career dedicated to the ‘serious craft of politics’ to remonstrate with the fourth estate about its fundamental unseriousness in reporting the democratic process.
The uneasy alliance between politicians and journalists
SIDESHOW: DUMBING DOWN DEMOCRACY
by Lindsay Tanner
Scribe, $32.95 pb, 240 pp, 9781921844065
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Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for thirty-four years, and now works mainly for The Australian and The Times. His most recent book is A Scandal in Bohemia: The life and death of Mollie Dean (2018). His other books include Father & Daughter, a collection of stories with his eight-year-old daughter Cecilia (2018), and The Office: A hardworking history (2012).
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Gideon Haigh is right. Sideshow is a squib of a book. Tanner should have gone in much harder on the pollies and journos.Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:54 posted by Joel Deane
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