Media: The Word on the Street
Tuesday 02 March 1999
THERE IS no greater illustration of the media's ability to make much out of little than to compare the fuss about Routledge's book with the number of copies it has actually sold. According to Book Track, it managed 982 copies up to 20 February. It has had another 10 days since then, so it may have blazed a trail into four figures by now.
NICE TO know that some newspaper headline writers remain as unreconstructed as ever. "Gordon Brown's former girlfriend fights for her life" was the Mail on Sunday's headline over its Sheena McDonald story. Ms McDonald has hosted Channel 4 News, Right to Reply, and The Week in Westminster, and is one of Britain's most respected political broadcasters. But being a woman, none of that is as important in defining her headline status as a relationship 20 years ago.
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