Barber comments on the speculations of the press between the new Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and his working-class rival, Ken Livingstone. About the one really ugly aspect of the mayoral race was the vitriolic campaign against Livingstone mounted by London's evening newspaper, the Evening Standard, which needless to say has claimed much of the credit for Boris' victory. The history of this enmity will serve to introduce Flat Earth News, a disturbing book that subjects the Fourth Estate to the same withering scrutiny that it applies to people in the public eye.
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