Journalistic Double Standards

Letters sent to The Independent, The Guardian AND The Evening Standard in response to the gloating taking place in newspapers over the BBC’s statement on the Newsnight programme that senior Tories were implicated in child abuse. No individuals were named, or hinted at. The Independent and Guardian both published it (too early in the day to know if I have the full set!)

UPDATE: Managed to get it in all three papers! See below for individual screenshots…

Here’s the original letter:

Sirs,

It is ridiculous that the Director-General of the BBC has to resign over bad journalism that didn’t in itself do any harm, but the head of News Corp remains determinedly entrenched after criminal journalism that ruined lives.

This is why print media should be held to the same standard as broadcasters, and I hope Leveson takes a strong lead in that direction.

To read the smug, self-satisfied and desperately delusional crowing in newspapers over this affair is bordering on nauseating.

Paul Harper

The Independent published it, unedited as this (click on image to expand):

… while the Guardian didn’t seem to like the last paragraph, and published this (click on image to expand):

Finally, London’s Evening Standard shortened it the most:

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3 Responses to Journalistic Double Standards

  1. geoffpaddock says:

    I have to say the way the BBC has behaved over the last few weeks has amazed even a cynical old ex hack like me. The “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” scenario around Newsnight, the cowardly refusal to back themselves, and then finally Humphry’s brutal kebabbing of Entwhistle on Saturday had my eyebrows hitting the ceiling. Mr E was too honest and could have kept his job if he had refused to engage with the journalists who worked for him. Now the “threat to Patten” over E’s severance is the final joke. Mr. Burns and family over at Wapping must be LOL-ing fit to bust. But this conversation would be much better over beers in a convivial bar. What do you say?

    • Paul Harper says:

      The crowing over Entwhstle’s pay-off by MPs who have still yet to apologise for their fraudulent expense claims is as unconvincing as it is opportunistic. They really don’t realise that whatever they do, the BBC will win the argument in the eyes of the public.

      Re. get-together: sounds a good idea to me!

    • Paul Harper says:

      Update, Geoff: Made it into the Evening Standard as well. 🙂

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