Dave’s chillaxing: when news becomes comment | Daniel Finkelstein
There’s a perfect example in this morning’s Telegraph of why it is impossible to separate news from comment. The paper reports that the Prime Minister ordered a pint of beer and talked to some friends in a pub.
The purpose of this article was to imply that David Cameron wasn’t working hard enough on the euro crisis.
Without that obvious underlying meaning – driven by the Telegraph’s dissatisfaction with his leadership – the entire story would have been: Extraordinary feat! Man drinks entire pint of beer! Together with his wife!
Lord Leveson is puzzled by the fact that separating news and comment is part of the PCC code, but hasn’t been implemented. This story provides an answer: the selection of news and the tone of the story constitute the comment – without a word of “comment” being included.