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