December 21st, 2010

Why Did the Telegraph Hide “War on Murdoch” Story?

Good journalism is about revealing the truth about those in power. Robert Peston’s scoop is that the Telegraph kept back the bigger story, that Vince Cable the minister with a quasi-judicial role in deciding if News Corporation can increase its holding in Sky, had told the Telegraph’s undercover journalists that

“I have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win”.

The Telegraph is of course locked in a corporate battle with Murdoch’s newspapers, its chief executive, Murdoch MacLennan, is publicly lobbying Vince Cable to block the takeover.

Somebody with a conscience at the Telegraph has risked their career to get the truth out, they can hold their heads high. The editor and the management of the paper should be ashamed of themselves for covering up and cheating their readers of the truth. Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism…

UPDATE : Lot of action on the next cabinet exit and David Laws to return bets on Smarkets.


  1. 1
    TheDukeOfHunslet says:

    Interesting bed fellows these dipso-druggy-pervert Lib-Dems, what?

    Now they have a seat at the table they think it gives them bragging-rights whenever there are comely young ladies in earshot.
    The idea that cabinet ministers want to ‘get personal’ when making billion pound decisions is very worrying indeed.

    A straight sacking has got to be the only option for number 10 now…

    • 3
      Al says:

      The Telegraph is a rotten heap of crap, not unlike the Guardian. Both have their shitty agendas.

      • 11
        Gaudi's Tram says:

        Whereas Murdoch has absolutely no agenda at all…..

      • 13

        +1. Obits are the only things worth reading. The online version is truly woeful.

        • 62
          Mornington Crescent says:

          It seems to exist only for Bryony Gordon’s mammaries; succulent though they probably would be to spend a night with, it’s (they’re) not really why I buy a broadsheet.

          • Peter Carter-Fuck says:

            Especially when you can cum over Bryony’s excellent threepennies for the price of a couple of Breezers, without having to waste money on the fucking newspaper.

      • 22
        Jumbo says:

        well said

      • 123
        Ampers says:

        Don’t be daft.

        The Telegraph set this all up. Published half a story to get the world press interested, then “leaked” the whole story themselves

        • 125
          Cassandrina says:

          Glad someone else has the right Machievelian mind to agree that this is the best option for the Telegraph.
          What I cannot get over is that the idiot Cable should be taken in by pretty but giggling little girls. He should get out more.

    • 10
      13eastie says:

      Fаіr’ѕ fаіr:

      Rеlаtіng hіѕ Wаltеr Міtty Nuсlеаr Воmb Fаntаѕy tо Тоrygrарh Тоtty іѕ hеаd аnd ѕhоuldеrѕ аbоvе Наndyсосk’ѕ Ѕеxy Теxtіеѕ.


      • 28
        Down with Brown! says:

        Robert Peston broke the story, Gordon Brown’s special friend.

        • 48
          Evie Lennon says:

          It’s all becoming clear now DWB!


            Vince Cable and Rupert Murdoch are a pair of old codgers who are knocking on death’s door, who gives a fuck about what these two old duffers have to say.

            They are so old and decrepid they will soon both be dead and then are we will no longer be bothered with their constant fucking whingeing about how they dominate British politics.


          • Murdoch is the equivalent of Monty Burns, the wrinkly fucker will be around until he’s 100+.

        • 74
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          Indeed Mr. Peston went out of his way to cheerlead for McMental and his rotten regime. Then, he is a Common Purpose anti-democrat after all, so you could expect nothing less.

  2. 2
    anonymous says:

    when it comes right down to it – “they’re all in it together”

  3. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Is it just possible the Telegraph were saving this up for something more special?

    • 16
      Peter Grimes says:

      Don’t be daft , unless they really want to bring down the coalition.

      And to think the Labourgraph used to be a NEWSpaper!

    • 114
      Englebert says:

      my first thought, but now its revealed Cable will have to go and blocking the murdoch deal will be less likely so telegraph prefer to leave cable embarressed but in place

      listening to tape, was clegg just showing off to giggly woman who may be quite attractive?

  4. 5
    Mike Litorus says:

    Politicians + Journos – the dogshit on the tread of society…

  5. 6
    Irene says:

    And of course giving the scoop to ex employee Peston who was salivating.

    This helps Murdoch?

  6. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I dont see the takover of Sky a problem ? They dont force me to buy it , if anything the BBC should be made to go subscription .

    As for Vince , He cant really affect it

  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    I can’t think of (m)any examples of journalists/papers willingly surrendering potential advantage over other media outlets. What does Guido expect of hacks ‘n’ editors – integrity?

  8. 9

    Westernised Oriental Gentleman…?

  9. 12
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Looks like Labour starting to Arse lick Murdoch again…..

  10. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:


    The Telegraph is exposed, conniving with cabinet weirdo Cable.

  11. 15
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tonight i will be a Sky dish.

  12. 18
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Surely thats the third rule of journalism: not biting the hand that feeds

  13. 19
    bergen says:

    You’re quite right,of course.It’s surprising that they did not spike the story completely but I suppose that they were greedy.The Telegraph now has the worst of both worlds-lying to politicians and its readers alike in its own interest.

    I suppose Vince is now toast.

  14. 20
    Everard P Burgerpenis says:

    *I* have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think *WE* are going to win

    Anyone else notice the subtle shift from ‘I’ to ‘we’ in the same sentence there ?

    Wonder which once Vince means ?

    • 26
      Down with Brown! says:

      We now find out why the Lib Dems entered the coalition. They want to use ministerial privilege and power to screw over their enemies.

    • 35

      ‘We’ refers to his dual personalities, one of which is Vince the twat and sometime economist, the other is Vince the twat.

      • 81
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Sometime economist?
        Surely sometime wannabe economist, regurgitating crapulent Keynesian bollocks, just to ensure everyone who came into contact with him, understood perfectly, what a fool he actually is.

  15. 24
    Down with Brown! says:

    If the Lib Dems have declared war on Rupert Murdoch, I somehow think Rupert Murdoch will end up winning.

  16. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    but Guido , i heared on the news that he has already blocked it and has referred it to Ofcom .

  17. 27
    Scrofulous says:

    Dave’s dilemma……Sky or Cable

  18. 29
    Patrick Thistle says:

    Unless they were planning to release this part tomorrow.

  19. 31
    cheesy knob says:


  20. 32
    IBM 360/67 says:


  21. 33
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:


  22. 34
    CovRam says:

    BT vision may do ok out of this!!!!!

  23. 36
    Desperate Dan says:

    Lord Razzell has just made an absolutely prat of himself on News 24 trying, and failing miserably, to defend the indefensible. His limp stuttering attempts to excuse Vince as misunderstood were pathetic.

    • 84
      Peter Carter-Fuck says:

      What do you expect from a man who names himself after a jazz mag? Lord Club International almost talks more sense in my opinion.

    • 116
      literate pedant says:

      at least he was better than when trying to explain why he and his knocking block are both claiming lords’ expenses when it appears they live together………..

  24. 37
    Down with Brown! says:

    Taxi for Mr Cable and Laws to take over as Business Secretary. The coalition shifts to the right. A career on Andrew Neil’s sofa awaits for Vince.

    • 80
      Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

      …or on Come Dancing, strictly, of course…

    • 81
      Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

      The Coalition “shifts to the right”????????

      The right of what?

      The word for you: Deluded

      And just what has thief, fraudster & gayer Mr Law got to offer? – (apart from a cheque for £40,000?)

  25. 39
    Deep Who says:

    Fucking hell Guido that’s a bit vehement on your part. Perhaps they were just staging the leaks to keep the story hot as per the expenses scandal.

  26. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” Another embrassing Cable from the wikileaks affair”

  27. 46
    Unsworth says:

    So now the Telegraph says:

    “Telegraph Media Group, the owner of The Daily Telegraph, is among many rival media companies objecting to Mr Murdoch’s plans.”

    This is, of course, long after the morning splash, but shortly after Peston did his stuff on Al Beeb. Panic has set in.

    Frankly they’ve just handed the take-over to Murdoch on a plate – together with Cable’s arse. What a bunch of fucking cretins.

    The hunt is on for the mole, of course. How long before he/she surfaces within Murdoch’s empire?

  28. 47
    cheesy knob says:

    sky news—murdoch

    • 54
      Breaking news says:

      You should ring and tell them – they’ve just gone to adverts and theres no sign of such news.

  29. 49
    cheesy knob says:

    lib dems more happy vince has resigned than torys

  30. 50
    Ken is the leader of the GLC says:

    ‘Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism’…

    Fully agree with you Guido. The problem is this issue will get forgotten about once (as I fully expect) Cable either resigns or is pushed tonight.

    Also, let’s not forget that Peston is ex-Telegraph, so he must have been calling in favours from someone. All a bit fishy, as most of these things are….

  31. 51
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    You dont print everything in one edition you are in it to sell papers
    Julian ArseFlange didn’t put out all 2,000,000 wiki leaks in one pop
    and yes i know he doesn’t sell papers

  32. 52
    Sir William Waad says:

    “I’m declaring war on Murdoch” does sound a rash thing to do, like saying “I’m going to give that Vitali Klitschko a piece of my mind.”

  33. 53
    Tron says:

    The BBC used to love St. Vince. Not like that evil St.George. Then the Libs & Tories team up. The BBC hate it.
    Now the Beeb is loving sticking the knife into the Old Leftie Fruitcake.

  34. 55
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    Bye Bye Coalition !

  35. 57
    cheesy knob says:

    papers alright write a slow fuse

    to see the person/persons self implode

    • 106
      Retard Watch says:

      Jesus wept, please don’t tell us you have successfully aquired any educational qualifications. You have the writing style of a ten year old and even less grammar and punctuation.

  36. 59
    Desperate Dan says:

    For you Vince, ze war is over.

  37. 61
    13eastie says:

    Аt lеаѕt Vіnсе wаѕ kіnd еnоugh tо ѕhаrе hіѕ nuсlеаr wеароn, ѕо thаt Аl-Jаbееbа соuld hаvе а turn аt ѕhооtіng іtѕеlf іn thе fооt wіth іt.

    Аftеr wаnkіng аll dаy lоng аbоut Vіnсе’ѕ brаggіng, thеy’vе nоw ѕuссееdіng іn guаrаntееіng Мurdосh’ѕ tаkе-оvеr gоеѕ thrоugh.

  38. 64
    cheesy knob says:

    news corporation shocked—pmsl

  39. 65
    Evie Lennon says:

    If you listen to the daft old b@stard, Cable is obviously showing off to some young woman who he wishes to impress, I’ve never been able to stand Cable, as he always appeared to be all things to all men, If it is true he’s resigned – GOOD RIDDANCE,

  40. 69

    I reckon Cable will resign just after 6pm this evening.

  41. 70
    Evie Lennon says:


    • 79
      Marmite says:

      Evie, you are so angry with Guido, youe spelling has gone to pot, Calm dowm and try again luv!

    • 88

      Send Fawkes a sweary E mail outlining your problems – He’ll appreciate that.

      • 101
        6EQUJ5 says:

        Don’t worry about it Evie, the Mod Bot works in mysterious ways. This story broke on the previous thread and Guido was caught with his trousers down…..

        Why have the comments been deleted, Mod Bot?

  42. 71
    Joker Vince says:

    Hi Nick. Fancy a quick game of “announce a nice policy” or “let’s play politics?” Nick? Nick?? Talk to me!

  43. 72
    Deep Who says:

    Murdoch has held out against the calls to remove the daily tit picture from page 3 of The Sun. For that alone he’s a hero to me and to millions. Fuck the politically correct wankers Murdoch – take over what you want and then add more tit pictures.

    • 75
      Deep Who? (Throat) says:

      Slurp gobble am I sucking your cock right, Rupert? Lick suck slurp!

      • 91
        Deep Who says:

        Yeah that’s right shit for brains, it’s really gay to support him for krrping pictures of women in the paper. Did any of your crack-whore mum’s kids live or are you the shit slime sample to survive slipping out of her foot wide putrid pussy?

    • 86
      Archbishop Fisher says:

      You get much better pix on the web. The girls are completely naked and shaved, for example. And “fun-loving”, as well.

      Or so they tell me, anyway…

  44. 73
    +++SKYBREAKINGNEWS++++ says:


  45. 78
    BillyBob - Ooman Rights Legislation, just a load of bollocks!! says:

    Vince baby, you are a very very naughty boy !!! Just a little harder for you now than being in Opposition !!!

  46. 83
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    Bye bye Vince and thanks for all the fish!

  47. 87
    An Impartial Business Secretary says:

    What does untenable mean?

  48. 89
    Lord Tom of Leamington says:

    Vince Cable is history.

  49. 90
  50. 92
    Ratsniffer says:

    Cable should stick to Come Nancing. He now has zero crediblity.

  51. 95
    cheesy knob says:

    im waiting on part3

    i foooked the ceo of every major uk bank

  52. 97
    Gordon Brown says:

    tonight, I will squeeze cheese and chutney

  53. 100
    jgm2 says:

    Look who popped his head up to offer an opinion….

    1637: Labour MP Denis MacShane tweets: “Vince cannot stay as man who ‘independently’ makes ruling on merger/takeover when he has so blatantly shown his prejudice. Has to go.

  54. 102
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    From Stalin to Mr. Bean – has been!

    Perhaps Gordo is having a quiet toddy after thanking Peston…..

  55. 105
    cheesy knob says:

    jeff randell RIPS into vince

    no mercy shown

    nice wee xmas bonus awaits

  56. 107
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    I have been waging war on Rupert MudCock

    i am also waging a secret war on the coalition
    when i resign it will crumble

    up the students !

  57. 108
    nickyp says:

    As soon as Peston ran it, Telegraph rapidly ran it as lead on their web site as their scoop. Massive credibility fail. Journalists allowing business considerations to sway judgement.

  58. 110
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    It’s gonna be a Blue christmas for vincey

  59. 112
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I think this is insurance.

    If Dave sacks him, he can point a boney accusatory finger and say, “look! They are in thrall to Murdoch’s evil empire”.

    Vince truly is a c nut with a very inflated sense of his own importance.

    • 121
      Ungern Sternberg says:

      To which the easy answer would be: “Look! we’re in thrall to not having a Business Secretary that clearly feels utter contempt for successful businesses.”

  60. 113
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    Is this a cover up for the absolute fucking farce
    that is our transport system ?

    sky have just shown pictures of people trying to get home
    by walking home along the railway tracks !

    Its a National Embarrassment

  61. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Just heard the recording on PM.

    Cable was bragging to two women. Whether they were constituents or reporters, he’s shredded his impartiality & IMO looks like a randy old fool.

  62. 122
    NotW_Scumbag says:

    Keep Murdoch malignancy in remission.

  63. 124
    QWERTY says:

    Love to know what the two tarts looked like, mini skirted and blonde I bet.

  64. 129
    Postlethwaite says:

    ”Good journalism is about revealing the truth about those in power”.

    Like wikileaks, yes?

  65. 130
    Truculent Sheep says:

    “Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism…”

    Or they came across something that put them in a difficult position. If they published it, they would play into Murdoch’s hands – a man who’s no friend to proper journalism – and threaten their own business. And are you honestly demanding they don’t show bias when your entire career is based on it?

    Also, the Telegraph is pro-Tory and there is always a potential that reporting this will damage the government by association. Jeremy Hunt, meanwhile, will give Cameron and Murdoch the result they want.

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