Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The Cronkite Test
LBJ once said if we have lost Cronkite we have lost America.
The Sun shifted its 'political allegiance' last night within hours of Brown's speech, this is probably Labour's Cronkite moment. Jack Straw was straight on the TV saying the 'Sun wos wrong'. Labour have been telling everybody they are the only ones who are right for years.
The BBC is leading a desultory counter attack with today's report that the Sun is not the power it once was.
Brown's speech at least tried to address the problem that Labour is exhausted, fresh out of ideas and drive. The bunker mentality is still there though, moving wooden blocks around on a map that represent armies that no longer exist.
The loss of the Sun shows that Peter Poppet is slowly losing his legendary control over the media. This was demonstrated in his outburst following Marrgate and the prescription anti depressants saga against the 'extreme right wing media and blogosphere.