is a journalist of the old school. Not content rehashing government press releases he's an American virtually unknown in his home country. Instead, he appears in the UK on the BBC and The Observer. Balding, and with a tongue likely to lash the pliable and powerful, his best-selling heart-stopper, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
, is essential reading for anyone who seriously thinks Western democracies, especially the US, are run for the people by the people.
His latest story for BBC Newsnight is stunning
. Telling the real reasons behind the Iraq war (and yes, oil features pretty prominently), I await with impending cynicism the Murdoch press to embrace Palast's revelations. Or even The Sydney Morning Herald. Or indeed, any mainstream news outlet in Australia.
Call me when I can wake up.