The media, as we are often reminded, plays the vital role of “public watchdog” – holding the powerful in society to account.  There are, however, limits to the way in which it performs this function.  One of the most striking of these concerns the failure of the media to hold itself to account.  News which does not fit with the media’s own view of its role in society and how it should be regulated is either distorted or ignored.  This gives rise to serious concerns about the way in which the Leveson Inquiry report is likely to treated. Continue reading