Good post and even better comments over on Iain Dale's Diary. He reveals the Brown spin operation in action over forthcoming anti-terrorism legislation where several journalists were offered the same 'exclusive' provided they wrote and did what they were told. Then some of the journalists accused of parroting Brown's press release and agreeing not to include any opposition comment pop up to defend themselves and a lively debate ensues.
I think that it is fair to say that the blogsphere has changed the dynamic of political reporting. Now the audience can answer back.