Coulson and Cameron: blogger reaction


8:38 am - July 9th 2009

by Chris Barnyard    


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Paul Burgin / Mars Hill:

Plus what are the chances of Conservative bloggers covering this this evening! They have sometimes accused Labour bloggers of a “Move along now…” attitude, its amazing how silent they are the moment a story against the Conservatives breaks out!

Sunder Katwala / Next Left:

Keeping Coulson may prove too difficult, But the attempt to do suggests that the only ethic that matters is one of convenience – and that different rules apply to the inner circle.


Brian Walker / Slugger O’Toole:

News Corp agents hacked into “two to three thousand” mobile phones including John Prescott’s and Tessa Jowell’s. Among the story sources – presumably unauthorised and indirect – seems to be the police and the Office of the Information Commissioner who regulates Freedom of Information and Data Protection.

Councillor Bob Piper:

Couldn’t happen to a nicer nest of vipers. The reaction of all those Tories who were so sickened by the behaviour of Damien MacBride, will be watched with some interest. Prepare for the Sound of Silence.

Columbia Journalism Review:

Now, we normally wouldn’t write about a tabloid scandal in Britain. But the executive who oversaw News’ UK papers at the time is Les Hinton, who is now CEO of Dow Jones & Company, parent of The Wall Street Journal. The Guardian writes that he has “misled” Parliament and the public, “albeit in good faith.” Basically, the exec ultimately responsible for News of the World at the time of the scandal is now the guy in charge of The Wall Street Journal.

Claude / Hagley Road to Ladywood:

What’s most depressing is the evidence that Murdoch’s clout on all aspects of British life is beyond the most pessimistic predictions. Aside from confirming the sheer ineptitude of the Press Complaint Commission, the revelations show awful practices on the part of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for failing to investigate the repeated and criminal breach of the Data Protection Act.

Mark Thompson / Mark Reckons:

If Mr Cameron is smart (and we all know he is) he will be lining up a potential replacement as I write. He may claim to be “relaxed” about the situation but not so relaxed as to not have a Plan B I am sure.

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Whittingdale: “We will want to discuss the allegations urgently”

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2. Richard (the original)

For the sake of balance:

http://dizzythinks.net/2009/07/coulson-mcbride-and-general-bollocks.html

“McBride was banged to rights, Coulson isn’t (yet). Claiming that it would be hypocritical not to be as outraged at Coulson as one might have been at McBride is at best spurious, and at worst plain stupid. Let’s not be under any illusions here, the outrage in both cases from opposing side is driven by political bias. The difference is that one has evidence against the person in question and the other doesn’t.”

For the sake of further balance –

This story, like the McBride one, is a load of apolitical cack. It’s exactly the kind of dreck that has long since replaced outmoded concepts like “policy” or “ideas”.

OTOH, sending salacious private emails to your colleagues isn’t illegal – wire tapping and hacking certainly are, and people caught doing such things might face jail.

So to recap – McBride, Draper – Idiots, smear-merchants; resigned. Coulson – should perhaps consider getting some facial tattoos and working out a bit to make him look tougher, unless he wants to get real intimate with the criminal classes.

4. Richard (the original)

“This story, like the McBride one, is a load of apolitical cack. It’s exactly the kind of dreck that has long since replaced outmoded concepts like “policy” or “ideas”. ”

Agreed.

This is our take on Hagley Road to Ladywood:

I wouldn’t dwell much on the Coulson side of things. It’s the sheer extent of the tabloids’ pollution of British life that matters here and is impossible to refute:

“Not that surprising really, from a paper that has long made a living out of a toxic concoction of making up stories, peeping through private lives, perving on tits and bullying people.

What’s most depressing is the evidence that Murdoch’s clout on all aspects of British life is beyond the most pessimistic predictions. Aside from confirming the sheer ineptitude of the Press Complaint Commission, the revelations show awful practices on the part of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for failing to investigate the repeated and criminal breach of the Data Protection Act.”


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