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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Sir Brian is tipped as a future Lord Chief Justice, the head of the judiciary in England and Wales

Leveson's Wikipedia moment: how internet 'research' on The Independent's history left him red-faced

Lord Justice Leveson forgot one of the elementary rules of journalism when he compiled the section of his report that covered the history of this newspaper. Journalism students are taught at college that when researching on the internet, they should not assume that the first site they come to is reliable.

Leveson's recommendations, if taken on board, will have an impact on the newspaper industry

Leveson Q&A: So what have we ended up with? And won’t the papers just ignore it?

Ian Burrell answers the key questions about the recommendations

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson is reporting on an issue of trust, not truss. Journalists should face true scrutiny too

An Office for Journalistic Responsibility would be too much. But why don't the press collectively fund a website to offer instant right of reply to those they write about?

Journalism group 'cleared' over McAlpine row

The not-for-profit journalism group dragged into the row over the Newsnight report that led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly accused of being a paedophile said it had no control over the story but admitted failings over a decision to second one of its reporters, Angus Stickler, to the BBC.

After 130 years of rattle and clang, the typewriter is dead

Technology: It's a qwerty business bidding farewell to the typewriter

Edward Bryan, of the Japanese manufacturing company Brother, has earned himself a footnote in cultural history. Any day now, from the Brother's Wrexham factory, he will make the last-ever typewriter in the UK, just before the company donates it to the London Science Museum.

Editorial: We cannot fail children again

Lord McAlpine's settlement is more than 10 times the average awarded to victims
Different voice: former Independent editor Roger Alton

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The press condemned by its own mouth

Daily Mail targets Sir David Bell in pre-emptive strike

The objectivity of the Leveson Inquiry was questioned in articles across 12 pages of the Daily Mail, with one of the inquiry's assessors, Sir David Bell, accused of belonging to an "incestuous network" involving left-wing political, business and financial links that are backing statutory control of Britain's press.

Embarrassment for the Tories in Corby after video emerges showing Chris Heaton-Harris citing evidence on wind farms he claimed he hadn't read

The man running the Conservatives’ bid to cling on to outgoing MP Louise Mensch’s Corby seat is facing further embarrassment on the day that voters go to the polls as video emerged of him citing research on the harmful nature of wind farms he had earlier admitted he had never read.

David Simon, creator of The Wire. The Foundation cited Simon for
his full opus of television dramas, saying that they viewed urban life
'through the lens of a hard-edged, cautiously optimistic realism'

Creator of The Wire, David Simon on Petraeus and the media's obsession with sex

As viewers of season 5 of The Wire will recall, David Simon, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, has as much to say about the media as he does about the drugs trade.

The BBC chairman Chris Patten (left) has been commenting after last night's resignation of the BBC Director General George Entwistle (right)

Entwistle's pay-off is a boiling point for the BBC

But there are bigger things at stake than the £450,000 he took home

David Petraeus, pictured, is said to have devoted the days since his resignation to a so-far-futile effort to placate his wife

How I was drawn into the cult of David Petraeus

No, biographer Paula Broadwell hasn't done a kiss-and-tell. Instead it's Spencer Ackerman, a war correspondent, who writes in Wired on how he too was caught up in the spell of CIA director David Petraeus.

Don't let this feeding frenzy kill off Newsnight

We've forgotten the real story - and Newsnight's redeeming qualities

Iain Overton quits investigative bureau over Newsnight row

Iain Overton confirmed today that he has resigned as editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the wake of its involvement in the Newsnight programme which broadcast allegations linking a senior Tory to child abuse.

Editorial: The answer for the BBC is reform, not a witch-hunt

These are the darkest of days for the BBC. Weeks after the corporation was plunged into turmoil and self-recrimination over the decision to pull a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, it is paying an even bigger price for having compensated for its caution by reacting in the opposite way; rushing out another Newsnight programme on child abuse, this time accusing an unnamed "senior Tory" who we now all believe was intended to be Lord McAlpine.

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