How Cameron and the Standard tackle growing row over Coulson and phone hacking

Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the
Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family
addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the
media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a
government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his
director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone

Fluffy journalism at its best on a day when there is so much more to
talk about. The Standard does tackle the Coulson story on page two, but
not after yet another piece of Cameron fluff about him using a personal
trainer that takes up another half page. Seriously, unfracking
believable. It beggars belief. Or something.

This on the day that Tom Watson MP has written to Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson
about, among other things, The New York Times allegation that key
evidence was withheld from the Crown Prosecutions Service. He tells Sir
Paul that his “conduct of this matter is being scrutinised all over the
world. So far, it is bringing shame – as has News International – on
our country”.

If follows the news earlier in The Guardian of more
phone hacking charges following the suspension of a News of the World
reporter — who was a staffer during Coulson’s time at the paper.

And what of former News of the Screws editor turned spin junior
doctor, what has he been busying himself as he becomes the most talked
about former Fleet Street editor practically ever?

Coulson has been taking time out to bash the BBC. Mark Thompson has been in Downing Street this morning meeting with Coulson and others to defend the BBC’s coverage of spending cuts.

A BBC spokesman said Thompson had discussed the possible participation of ministers in programmes about the spending review.

Ed Miliband told the Daily Mail the meeting was “deeply worrying”. He’s wrong about other things but he is spot on with that.

Read also

News of the World faces fresh phone hacking charge

Andy Coulson knew all about phone hacking says NY Times


  • Norman Ingram

    The BBC has already caved in. They ran a “news” item yesterday all day with 3 so called representative people talking about cuts, and how right they were. The unemployed girl was spouting on about people receiving unemployment benefit going through the motions of looking for work so they can continue to claim their £50 pound or so. Wow! living the high life at the taxpayers expense! She said it as a statement of fact, not an opinion. What was her proof? Where the hell is the balance?
    The Government ismanipulating the BBC in support of their own agenda and no one has the balls to stand up to them, certainly not the BBC who have been served notice that they are being scrutinised by this lot and risk losing their own feather bed existance. If you want to have critical and impartial news, then the BBC is not the channel to watch. Have a look at other news media, Euronews, Al Jazeera, CNN etc and you can see just how much “detail” is being conveniently hidden from the public.

  • Attorney Zone

    Privacy breach like phone hacking must be treated as crime.