Falsehood, distortion and propaganda
But I should say for the record that although his Flat Earth News website announces that Davies "takes the lid off newspapers and broadcasters, exposing the mechanics of falsehood, distortion and propaganda," my experience of serious print journalists and broadcasters is that they do not engage in falsehood, distortion and propaganda.
Nick Cohen (who we're watching due to popular demand: thanks to BenSix et al in comments to previous post). Two minor points: the word 'serious' here means "well, journalists who do so engage aren't serious by definition" - so this is fact-proof. In my experience, many writers for newspapers and magazines engage in all three regularly.* And I think Nick Davies knows as much about journalists (serious, comic, or otherwise) as Nick does.
But wow, what a grudging apology.
*OK, the ones who stay employed are usually careful about falsehood, but distortion is very common. See Ben Goldacre's Bad Science site for examples of piss-poor journalism. Having not read it, I said I’d regard it with caution, because it might be true, but being on the front page of the Express is not necessarily a reliable predictor of something being true,... Does anyone think that's a libel on the good name of the Daily Express? A journalist whose story is on the front page of a national newspaper could be said to be successful in her chosen career. The National daily newspaper circulation August 2009 shows that the Express outsells the Guardian by more than 2-1. Doesn't it employ anyone 'serious'?