“Like most journalists trained in the British system, Denton does not believe in privacy for public figures, nor really for anyone else (except himself, apparently). ‘Everyone suspects Nick’s motives, and he has defiantly lower print standards than any of us,’ says Sicha. ‘I’ll tell him, ‘That guy’s gay,’ or ‘That guy’s having an affair,’ and he’ll say, ‘Then write that.’ Well, I haven’t slept with the guy, so I don’t want to go to court over that. Nick communicates such things intentionally to us, to continually erode our standards.’”
Ahh, the beautiful truth. One of the truisms in the mid-1990’s, which I heard again and again from American journalist colleagues, was how British journalists were great because they didn’t give a shit. They would get the story, and they didn’t play by the cosy rules that American writers played by. Evidently, Nick has simply transplanted that to the US.