Have Guardianistas abandoned Brown?

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The Guardian’s Jackie Ashley spends some time sticking up for her paper while explaining its political stance in an article on its Comment is Free site today.

She analyses her paper’s political stance and asks whether the paper has abandoned Gordon Brown after spending years building him up as a credible alternative to Tony Blair, a charge made by The Times’s David Aaronovitch.

Aaronovitch, a former Observer columnist, slates his former colleagues for giving better coverage to Fidel Castro or the leader if Hamas than the leader of the Labour Party.

But Ashley says the Guardian is broad church that includes Simon Jenkins and George Monbiot on its comment roster and adds that it won’t be editor Alan Rusbridger – or a foreign proprietor (the Scott Trust -owned paper has none) – who decides the paper’s line at the next election.

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