Cherie Blair is being brutally honest:
Cherie Blair has launched an extraordinary attack on the media claiming there is "no professional morality in journalism".
The Prime Minister's wife took her revenge on a profession that has bedevilled her for years when invited to address students at Roehampton University on Wednesday.
She told a stunned audience that it was "not a noble calling" and journalists "have no ethics". Then, Mrs Blair - who was at the university in south-west London to open its Human Rights Centre - turned her attention to the Daily Mail and the Press Complaints Commission.
Since the latter has repeatedly failed to uphold the Blairs' complaints about the former, Mrs Blair's words - "the pathetic PCC dominated by the Daily Mail - are not, perhaps, surprising.
Some intriguing candidness from the Prime Minister's wife, sure to set some teeth on edge in the world's press, after all, journalists are religionists in their own right.
Jay Rosen, in this piece, makes the case:
There is a high church in journalism, with high ceremonies, like the awarding of a Pulitzer Prize, joining the panel on “Meet the Press,” having a dart thrown at you by the Columbia Journalism Review. One could teach a course about it. Bill Moyers once said this while moderating an event at Columbia: “I think of CJR and the J-School as sort of the ‘high church’ of our craft, reminding us of the better angels of our nature and the demons, powers and principalities of power against which journalism is always wrestling.”
The better angels. Journalism needs those. In this sense, it might be said to need a religion. For how else are angels called?
He goes on to write 5,000 more words buttressing his assertion that "Journalism is itself a religion", a religion that Cherie Blair has blasphemed.
She will, in the days to come, be subject to this religion's wrathful devotees.
Count on it.