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This isn't an op-ed or a commentary article, it's a straight news item from the business pages - as such, it's very much about reporting what people say and/or do (with some context of course) rather than critiquing or commending what they said or did.

If, as you contend, all the major players are basically drinking the same free market kool-aid when it comes to competition policy within the EU - what is the Guardian to do when it comes to a "he said/she said" piece in this policy area? Clearly there is an element of editorialising that occurs when deciding which stories to run, so does this mean that they should not report what the chancellor of the exchequer is saying at Ecofin because they don't agree with it? If so, what should they have been reporting on instead?

Regards
Luke

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by silburnl on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 01:18:19 PM EST
A straight news item or a command performance? Seager is flacking for Brown, that's all.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 01:33:09 PM EST
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When a politician says what can only be described as lies, are you supposed to report these as facts, without a comment?

If Bush and Blair start saying that Iraq is responsible for 9/11 and Saddam Hussein needs to be punished, then it's okay to print that uncritically, and beat the drums for war with headlines like "Saddam nukes 45 mn from London (says Blair)"

Sigh...

Why don't they say that they've been fed a report by Brown prior to the meeting in Brussels, a report "that is at odds with statistics provided by OECD and is likely to cause lively debate..."? That's information too, isn't it?

Or maybe they could quote ET to keep to their "he said she said" ways...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 01:56:49 PM EST
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