Tuesday, July 22, 2003

A Guardian for American media? 

The rumours have been around for sometime. Following the success of the BBC in the United States, the Guardian is supposedly planning to start a liberal magazine here. The New York Times reported these plans in a small piece yesterday. Today, the New York Daily News repored that former Clinton aide, Sidney Blumenthal wanted to become editor of the U.S. version and that Blumenthal had been in discussions with the Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner, among others. I also came acoss this story by Michael Wolff that pretty much confirms the rumour. I suspect the Guardian is onto something and will probably do well. One hopes this "niche liberal market" that everyone, from the BBC to the Guardian, wants to tap into puts to rest the myth of the "liberal media bias" in the United States.