Journalists are the Kings of Information, interpreting the world for we ignorant peasants who know nothing. They process through the streets, basking in readerships measured in tens of thousands, clad in the gorgeous raiment of Truth.
I have just finished watching Have I Got News For You, the one with Martin Clunes and an Express journalist and Chris Addison. Chris majored on the inability of political journalists to grasp that this is a coalition Government, which means that two different parties are included. The journalists' underlying question since the election has been "But you are from different parties aren't you?" Which is a totally inane question, because it is perfectly obvious to all that they are from different parties.
Anyway, he got loads of applause, and a lot of approval on Twitter. Well, quite a lot. For me, it was a huge relief to hear someone else criticising journalism. If you the need to look at 25 blog postings by yours truly touching on journalism, click here.
Of all the professions, journalism is the least criticised. Doctors are always in the news for things that we got wrong, second only to politicians. Vicars and priests get the treatment, rightly. Cheating business men occasionally hit the news. Even judges are sometimes given a telling off. There was one, I remember anyway, one in my lifetime. Hand up skirt if memory serves.
Why, even organised criminals sometimes get taken to court and reported on.
But when do you ever read of a journalist doing something wrong. Like an editor? They never get criticised. Never. OK, once or twice Mr Clever Dick Anonymous Commentator, but not in proportion to their numbers and the number of mistakes they make.
So Chris Addison may or may not be The Man, but he certainly is the little boy who said "The King isn't wearing any clothes!"