– editorial values /
News journalism has a bad reputation in Britain, worse than in some other advanced countries, and, in contradiction, news programmes are more viewed and listened to and more newspapers more avidly read by larger numbers of people than in many advanced countries. It suggests that news is widely regarded as a grubby necessity. The people who supply it are suspect, not to be trusted, and their product is to be treated sceptically in the knowledge that some of it will be downright wrong, some of it mildly misleading and some of it disgracefully intrusive. Together the newshounds pursue newsworthy people without respect for privacy and position.