01/04/2011 11:37 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Could Britain's Opinionated Press Be A Model For The US?

In the U.S., most mainstream news organizations promise to report "without fear or favor," as the saying goes. Newspaper editorial pages with a point of view are segregated from the news reports. There's less of a distinction on cable channels, where intense opinion shows are often rewarded with high ratings.

So to American eyes, the British media operate in a looking-glass world in which the major TV news channels -- the BBC and Sky News -- try to serve up the news without opinion, but Britain's big daily newspapers are pretty clear about what they favor. And that inversion offers some insight into the debate over media bias here in the U.S.