Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead

In the roll-call of unfashionable causes, defence of the MSM – the hated “mainstream media” – surely ranks close to the top. Bashing the press is now a guaranteed applause line on both the right and left. Donald Trump, who last week said it was “frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever they want”, and called for NBC to be stripped of its (nonexistent) broadcasting licence, is only the most obvious example. Before him came Sarah Palin and her diatribes against “the lamestream media”.

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Labour’s nightmare: what if Brexit empties the coffers?

It’s hardly thrilling, and an unlikely bestseller, but if you were to attempt to render Britain’s current politics, especially those at play in the Labour party, as a page-turning blockbuster in the style of Robert Ludlum, it could only have one title: The Brexit Paradox.

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It isn’t just tech giants that disown responsibility for terrorist attacks

It was nearly a decade ago now, when social media – and indeed my children – were in their infancy. My eldest son, then six, had a favourite toy, a remote-control car that could navigate water as well as land. He filmed it in the park, as it ploughed through muddy puddles, and wanted to post the video on YouTube. To add to what was then a novel experience, he added a soundtrack. To reinforce the watery theme, he chose Neil Young’s Down by the River.

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