Robert Peston, BBC News’ economics editor, gave a lecture for the British Journalism Review, which ran in full in The Guardian on Friday. Peston spoke about many things, including growing power among people who work in public relations.

Anyway here perhaps is the best evidence of how news organisations’ own ethical lapses in recent years – and not just phone hacking – has been devastating to how the public sees us. Which is that PRs who have claimed that they represent the defence of truth and decency against a predatory and defamatory media haven’t been seen as utterly ridiculous. God how our own stables have needed cleaning.

Robert Peston

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