Glenn Beck

Andrew Hill

When advertisers put pressure on news organisations, it’s often a sign press freedom is threatened. From South Africa to Hong Kong, public opinion puts companies or governments that use their commercial clout to protest against editorial policy on the side of the bad guys.

It’s symptomatic of the sorry state of UK news media that in the widening scandal over phone-hacking, the reverse is true. Read more

John Gapper

Oprah Winfrey and Richard and Judy beware, there is a new television chat show figure who dominates the best-seller book list – Glenn Beck, the conspiracy-minded right-wing Fox News host.

Mr Beck’s power to propel thrillers to the top of the bestseller lists by recommending them to his devoted audience has been noted before but he has now managed to put Friedrich Hayek up there too. Read more