As the FCC seizes upon inadvertent swear words and the White House Press Gallery whinges about their lack of access, it's refreshing to be reminded of the madhouse that can be the British press. The NYT's London Bureau chief, Sarah Lyall, contributed an amusing commentary on the state of the British press to Slate last week. A sample:
""What the fuck are you doing, you devious little turd?" is how [Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror] once opened a telephone conversation with Alastair Campbell, Blair's chief spokesman and Machiavellian political attack dog."