Captain Ed was just talking about this on his podcast:
Blair, who steps down on June 27, said he was not blaming the media for the “damaged” relationship with politicians but pointing the finger at the changing nature of modern news.
“The fear of missing out means that today’s media, more than ever before, hunts in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits,” he said in a speech at Reuters headquarters in London.
Journalists are “increasingly and to a dangerous degree … driven by ‘impact’, and this is driving down standards and doing a disservice to the public, he said.
“The damage saps the country’s confidence and self-belief … it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions,” argued Blair.
Which is why so many of us are glad there are blogs.
Update, Wednesday 13 June:
Mark Kilmer: Tony Blair calls mainstream media, “feral beast”, and they know they’ve been nailed