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My worries about the mendacity and prejudice of British media culture have now been reinforced by painful experience

By John Lloyd   88

Nothing convinces like personal experience. To have a view of the British media as prone to constructing worlds of half truths, fantasies, defamations and rumour (Prospect, October 2002) is one thing; to have these worlds constructed about oneself is quite another.

Two different worlds were spun about me last month. They came substantially from the political editors of the weekly journals of right and left: the Spectator and the New Statesman. Both wrote commentary in which I played a substantial part, and made confident, categorical announcements which were false, and damaging to professional reputations. Both men know me and how…

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