Gideon Haigh reviews 'Sideshow: Dumbing down democracy' by Lindsay Tanner

Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy

by Lindsay Tanner

Scribe, $32.95 pb, 240 pp, 9781921844065

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.

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Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for thirty-four years, and now works mainly for The Australian and The Times.  His most recent book, Father & Daughter, is a collection of stories with his eight-year-old daughter Cecilia; his next book, A Scandal in Bohemia: The Life and Death of Mollie Dean, will be published by Penguin in April.

Published in June 2011 no. 332