Voters in the United States may have switched their attention to the contest to
find his successor, but George Bush will embark on an ambitious nine day your of
the Middle East tomorrow in a last desperate attempt to salvage a legacy from
two terms in office overshadowed by a catastrophic foreign policy that has
earned him the distinction of being one of the worst presidents in the country's
Was it written by
A) a left of centre blogger
B) an opinionated newspaper columnist
C) a reporter for the front page of The Independent
It was, of course C. Leaving aside that a 68 word long sentence may not be the best way to start a front page article, it is further proof that The Independent is a Viewspaper rather than a Newspaper. In that one sentence three negative views on George Bush are expressed. This wouldn't get past the subs on any other broadsheet paper, including The Guardian.
Of course, it is a good thing for a newspaper to have a USP. But The Independent is risking losing its original core readership. Remember its original slogan "It is. Are you?" That is a bit of a joke now. The Independent no longer does what it says on the tin. It is as far from being independent as I am from being fair and balanced. Maybe it should just turn itself into a good, readable lefty blog. Let's face it, there isn't much competition.