Earlier this week BritainAndAmerica spotlighted the growing impact of the British media on US politics. Toby Harnden, US Editor of The Telegraph, has taken up the issue on his blog. The whole post is worth reading but this section on the relative strengths and weaknesses of British and American journalism is very fair:
"I think the notion that Americans read British media websites because of their generally more sceptical view of Bush is only part of the story. For a start, those Brits who think that there isn't a pervasive centre-left bias in the US media are deluding themselves. But there is clearly a different media culture in the UK. We cut to the chase more quickly. In general, our stories are shorter, less ponderous and academic in tone, more "spun" or skewed towards a particular conclusion, punchier and more entertaining.
Of course, the flip side of this can be that - in the worst cases - they can be tendentious, inaccurate, shoddily-researched, lacking in rigour and unfair. In general, you can be sure that the quotes in an American newspaper story are genuine and the facts have been checked. Pick up many a British newspaper and you'd be foolish to count on either. American newspapers tend to devote many more resources to proper investigations. British journalism is more irreverent, more anti-establishment, more cynical. Sometimes this can be good. But on occasions public figures are needlessly mocked and torn down - the ridiculing of Tony Blair at times being a case in point. But I digress. British newspapers across the political spectrum are attracting millions of American readers who want to read about what's happening in their country through a different prism."