My favourite points from this debate: Iain Martin says the Americans consider journalism a profession but in the UK, it’s a more of a trade – “rumbustious, cheekier, a little more inquisitive and wary of the powerful”. A superb piece by Glen Greenwald at Salon.com says when Tucker tried to knock down Peev he “unintentionally revealed the role of the American press”. The Center for Citizen Media says Carlson revealed a “solid, if repetitive, analysis of U.S. journalists' often-pathetic deference to power.”
I’d make another point. If the US press really was much better quality than the UK press, as Carlson piously suggested, why are our per capita newspaper sales about four times higher? Things are tough here for newspapers but The Sun, Mail and News of the World all sell more than USA Today’s 2.3m – and the UK market is a fifth of the size.