We'll All Be Murdered In Our Beds! by Duncan Campbell
The Shocking History

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If I have a criticism of this otherwise commendable book, it is that Campbell doesn’t devote enough space to how the close relationship between police and reporters neutered the journalists’ capacity for independent thought.
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Examine the obscured line between those who create crimes and those who report on them in this sordid history of journalism

"If it bleeds, it leads"—this maxim is as true now as it was 300 years ago. Crime is the staple of the news, and the British public’s appetite for crime stories shows no sign of abating. Today, following Leveson, the line between journalists and the criminals they expose has been blurred; but, in fact, it was ever thus. The reporters who have delved into the most terrible crime stories of each era have often, by necessity, had questionable morals and dubious practices. The "hacks in the macs" and the "murder pack" would go to any lengths to get a story—and serve it up to an ever-eager reading public. In this colorful history of the wild world of crime reporting since 1700, crime reporter Duncan Campbell goes behind the scenes to show how the phone hacking scandal is nothing new—in fact, it is part of the great British news heritage. Revealing what it’s really like to deal with murderers, gangsters, robbers, cat burglars, victims, informers, and detectives, Campbell draws on 40 years of experience to explore the dark arts of journalism, as the relationships between the press, public, police, and criminals, and their impact on society, are being questioned as never before.
 

About Duncan Campbell

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Duncan Campbell is former crime correspondent of the Guardian, former chairman of the Crime Reporters' Association and winner of the Bar Council's newspaper journalist of the year. He has also written for the Observer, New Statesman, London Review of Books, Oldie, Esquire, Los Angeles Weekly and British Journalism Review. He is the author of If It Bleeds and The Underworld.
 
Published October 1, 2015 by Elliott & Thompson. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel.
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Reviewed by Chris Mullin on May 23 2016

If I have a criticism of this otherwise commendable book, it is that Campbell doesn’t devote enough space to how the close relationship between police and reporters neutered the journalists’ capacity for independent thought.

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