Meanwhile, in the US, the kind of reporting seen in the Daily Telegraph would be abhorred in mainstream newspapers, but on television Fox News is free to make up its versions of events as it sees fit.
Balance is, naturally, always a controversial subject, but the question of balanced reporting in an age of ubiquitous, polemic and saturated coverage is an important one.
The hysteria wreaked upon the UK populace is terrifying to see. Clearly, there are elected cheats in the UK - point me to a country where there are none - but the lengths to which the printed media in the UK has fallen, fanned by the warm winds of the internet chatroom and social network, is a depressing reminder of how idiots like McCarthy were able to gain popular support.
The public gets what the public wants... Maybe there is a deeper malaise to the British condition.