There’s a fascinating interview with Guido Fawkes (aka Paul Staines) in this week’s edition of Radio 4′s Media Show.
He doesn’t wilt under some gentle but tough questions from Steve Hewlett. He’s right that being accused by Rod Liddle of being “extreme right wing” seems a tadge ironic. He’s right that all information is interesting to someone, whether its horoscopes or the detailed political gossip he trades in (and which I should confess I rarely read) – the internet has just made it easier to do.
What’s the difference anyway between political gossip and gossip about celebrities? We seem to be as obsessed with the details of the Prime Minister’s private life as we are with who has slept with who in Big Brother (people are interested in people).
You may not like what he does. You may think its morally wrong. But he is clearly a journalist, in both the modern and original sense of the word. His description of what he does sounds like journalism to me. He’s just a 21st century journalist, highly skilled in using mainstream media and the internet.
The programme is still available and will be until Wednesday.