By Justin Schlosberg
Justin Schlosberg interrogates those silences - why did a plea discount which allowed Britain's greatest hands corporation to flee bribery prosecution, pass nearly fullyyt unchallenged in tv information? Why did reporters frequently advocate the reliable clarification of the way intelligence analyst David Kelly died, whereas all yet ignoring mounting facts which undermined it? Why, in 2010, did broadcasters provide an unchallenged platform to critics of Wikileaks yet no longer its supporters?
These are a number of the questions and imbalances that Schlosberg seeks to handle as he explains the character of public debate within the electronic age. In doing so he uncovers a number information blockages which are greater than simply injuries of a fragmented, chaotic mediascape. they're finally ideological forces which make sure that contestability and dissent stay inside of definable limits.
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Extra resources for Power Beyond Scrutiny: Media, Justice and Accountability
Of crucial significance for the purposes here is the complicity of the media in bringing the story to an apparent close. In spite of intense cross-media scrutiny Schlosberg T02658 01 text 35 05/02/2013 10:29 36 Power Beyond Scrutiny over a prolonged period, the government was left off the hook and BAe managed to escape prosecution altogether. The controversy culminated in an apparent resolution with the announcement of a package of out-of-court penalties producing a headline figure of £280 million.
Norris 2000). What seems certain is that the exponential expansion of outlets and formats over recent decades has fostered some kind of diversity in news. Beginning with the birth of commercial television in 1955, the UK has seen the emergence of a range of formats at various points in the schedule from ‘light news’ characteristic of breakfast TV and daytime discussion programmes, to late-evening analysis and current affairs editions. The 1980s also saw a marked increase in the regularity of news ‘bulletins’, as well as the rise of documentary and factual programming.
What made the controversy sufficiently newsworthy for television was not so much the original sin (bribery/corruption), but what looked like determined attempts to suppress it. It was this aspect of the story that seemed to call up the media’s cadre of outraged journalists. In simple terms, if the state institutions of law and order could not secure justice of their own accord, it was up to the media to force their hand. The key background context to the story as analysed here concerns the impending renewal of the Al Yamamah arms deal, specifically with reference to the exclusive sale of Euro fighter ‘Typhoon’ jets, formally agreed in July 2007.
Power Beyond Scrutiny: Media, Justice and Accountability by Justin Schlosberg