January 16th, 2012

Who are the Real Cowboys?

Up in front of the Leveson Inquiry today the Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace showed a fundamental lack of understanding about how the web worked by suggesting that if Guido signed up to some sort of kite-mark code our traffic would increase. He went on to refer to “out and out cowboys” of the blogosphere who the Inquiry has had some problems with already. Guido didn’t break the law publishing Campbell’s testimony, unlike Richard Wallace during his showbiz editor career period…

Leveson has already heard that as Piers Morgan’s showbiz editor, Wallace was up to his neck in phone-hacking. He’s been at the newspaper for twenty years, at a time when they have published mocked-up torture photos and the Trinity Mirror Group used the services of Steve Wittamore more than any other media organisation. During Wallace’s evidence giving Counsel for the Inquiry pointed to 681 invoices from Whittamore to the Mirror, hundreds of those illegal invoices would have been approved by Wallace himself. He admitted today that he has not sacked anyone for illegal activity, like aiding, abetting or procuring illegally blagged information, despite the Information Commissioner making the names available. He clearly doesn’t want another former employee speaking their mind… 

Our story about how the Daily Mirror came to have the Ulrika/Sven story – which was undoubtedly phone hacked – has just been referred to at the Inquiry during Wallace’s evidence (covered here). It was, as he himself admits, Wallace himself who presented it to the then editor Piers Morgan. He has just admitted to the Inquiry counsel that if, as he now claims, he “can’t remember the circumstances” of how the story was obtained, he can’t therefore rule out it was hacked. Even those who quibble about the provenance of the story merely quibble about from whom it was hacked.

More recently the Daily Mirror, under Wallace’s seemingly spotless editorial lead, destroyed the life of Chris Jefferies and paid a heavy financial price in doing so. Without any foundation whatsoever they painted an innocent neighbour of a murder victim out to be the perpetrator. They were also fined £50,000 for contempt of court over their atrociously slapdash reporting of the Joanna Yeates murder case.

Who is the real cowboy Mr Wallace?


  1. 1
    Has anyone seen Mike Hunt? says:

    Am looking forward to Ed Miliband and friends demand for the Mirror to close down like the NOTW.

    Just by chance is the Guardian running a live “Phone hacking blog” on the front page and highlighting this?

    Tears for Piers and co.

  2. 2
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I’ll put the kettle on, dear.

  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Cowboy? Yes. I see Guido as a lone ranger bringing justice with his sharpshooting blog.

    Meanwhile the lazy sheriffs are powerless to stop ordinary families being terrified by greedy politicians, hypocritical officials, workshy scroungers and fat-snouted trade union officials.

  4. 4
    Someone finally puts Sarah Macauley in her place says:

  5. 5
    Tachybaptus says:

    Even his hair says he’s lying.

  6. 6
    brokeback mountebank says:


  7. 7
    City of London says says:

    Guido is not a member of the Press and therefore nothing to do with Leveson.

    The Mail have published a crew member of Costa Concordia wearing a dress with her left breast sticking out.

    Perhaps that is something Leveson should be having a look at.

  8. 8

    Who is the real cowboy Mr Wallace?
    Quite like this cowboy theme..

    The Whine, moan Cowboy.
    Roy Dodgers and Trigger
    The Phone Ranger and O2
    The outsource Josey Wallace
    The Hack, the blag and the ugly
    A fistful of pin numbers
    For a few scoops more
    True Shit

  9. 9
    Tom Watson says:

    The Mirror you say? Sorry, I can’t comment, I’m busy having a long lunch at Burger King. But if any of the Murdoch papers do anything let me know.

  10. 10
    Leveson says:

    I’d like a gander at that.
    And any ones of Amanda Hart kissing Dawn French

  11. 11
    Rawhide! says:

    Bill, your stuff always makes me laugh. I challenge you to come up with a rhyme about Wallace using the template of the Rawhide theme song.

  12. 12

    dear Mr Osborne.
    This recession has been going on quite a long time now.
    Please we can have another boom.


  13. 13
    Peter Hain says:

    Nothing rhymes with orange.

  14. 14
    Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:

    Wallace is a criminal just like Piers.

  15. 15
    smoggie says:

    One is reminded of the Lone Ranger and Tonto being cornered by a huge marauding band of Indians.

    Lone Ranger says, “We are in big trouble now Tonto !”

    Tonto replies, “What do you mean ‘We’, White Man ?”

  16. 16
    Hair Bear says:

    Tell me about it.

  17. 17
    Trinny says:

    Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding across the prairie. Tonto gets down from his horse and puts his ear to the ground, looks at the Lone Ranger and says, “Buffalo come.”

    The Lone Ranger looks at him and said, “Wow, that’s amazing! How did you figure that out?”

    “Ear sticky!”

  18. 18
    smoggie says:

    His hair screams “fop!”

    Thank fuck Guido doesn’t have a kite-mark or we wouldn’t be able to say such things.

  19. 19
    What a plonker. says:

    As usual the Daily Mirror under Richard Wallace is right down in
    the gutter . He is the biggest hypocrite in the British press and
    the utter bilge that he allows to be published is deplorable .

  20. 20
    Rob Roy says:

    William Wallace.

    King of all Scots!

  21. 21
    Bogeyman says:

    Why is anyone bothered by what the Mirror publishes?

    Going by the dribbling morons who take the rag, none of them can read anyway. That’s why it carries big pictures.

  22. 22
    Song titles for Ed's latest relaunch says:

    Something Inside So Wrong

    Don’t Stop Til You Spin Enough

    Another Day In Parasites

  23. 23
    Tooth fairy says:

    There will be an allegation to the Police then Guido, about perjuring himself?

  24. 24
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    Boom and Bust – abolished by Liebour.

  25. 25
    Rob Roy says:

    South African sassy arch.

  26. 26
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    err…the invoices weren’t illegal, Guido. it was the activities the invoices were presented for which were illegal.

  27. 27
    Someone finally puts Sarah Brown in her place says:

  28. 28
    Rob Roy says:

    Why is that Geordie Osborne in Greece?

    To give those Bankers more of Scotland’s wealth.

  29. 29
    What a plonker. says:

    Tom Watson is the lowest type of Socialist scum. I cannot wait until
    the Murdoch press get their just revenge ,it will come soon .

  30. 30
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    His hair might scream “fop” but his scarlet face screams “alky”

  31. 31

    Requests eh?
    Well..I do like that song.

    Keep phonin’, phonin’, phonin’,
    Though the numbers stolen,
    Keep them presses rollin’,
    Or Its Yourhide.
    Through rain and wind and weather,
    I have a nest to feather,
    Keepin’ my gal by my side.
    All the things I’m Hackin’,
    like a bit of, love and sacktime’,
    Are printed or at least implied.

    Find ‘em out, phone ‘em up,
    Phone ‘em up, Put ‘em in.
    Blag ‘em out, paste ‘em up:



  32. 32
    Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

    Wait until the Sunday Sun is launched, I wouldn’t want to be a Labour poodle or a Murdoch opponent then. They’re busy getting all the facts at the moment ready to destroy them all.

  33. 33
    Ed Tourette says:

    Who cuts his fucking hair, Frankie Cocozza?? …TWAT!

  34. 34
    People of Tuscany says:

    Dear Mrs Pollytwaddle
    de man from de village will be along soon to remove this cruise liner from your flowerbeds.

    Sorry for inconvenience.
    Love the People of Tuscany


  35. 35
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Tom Watson denies any knowledge of a newspaper called the Mirror. He ought to look in the mirror and see the country’s biggest hypocrite.

  36. 36
    Guity Speaker Martin says:

    The Mirror has been going downhill ever since Robert Maxwell went.

    It is as simple as that.

  37. 37
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I see labour have reverted to the childish option. What happened to spite, denial and hypocrisy? It’s our idea, we thought of it first, and not those nasty tories or libe dems.
    What the fuck did labour do for the last 13 years. War, financial ruin, knighting Fred Goodwin, more war, ending boom and bust, massive regulation, more and more new laws, rendition, etc.

  38. 38
    Adam Werrity says:

    Same bloke as David Beckham.

  39. 39
    Iain Dale says:

    I’ve been drag racing, I overtook Lilly Savage and Elton John on the M25!

  40. 40
  41. 41
    Biased Broadcasting Corp says:

    That’s enough, now. Nothing to see here – so move along please, move along.

  42. 42
    Selohesra says:


  43. 43

    What does Tonto mean?

    It mean ‘Faithful.’ Injun give name to child as first thought when child is born.

    I see. So that’s why you called your boy “Mum’s a slag.”

  44. 44
    Rob Roy says:

    labour also knighted Speaker Martin.

    Dave has had 18 months to right this outrage.

    Yet another diddly squat moment.

    Probably scared stiff because he is Scottish.

  45. 45
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Selling peerages , approving torture, sucking up to Gaddafi, smears, lies, giving up the EU rebate – the list is endless.

  46. 46
    smoggie says:

    A creme de menthe frappe face if ever I saw one. I think we as the public have a right to know.

  47. 47

    They might have ended boom. But bust seems to be doing very well.

  48. 48
    Ed Tourette says:

    Roy rogers rusty sheriffs badge = Rawhide …..ARSE!

  49. 49
    Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:

    About time. It has been messing up my lovely view for days. How people can expect me to work under these deplorable conditions is beyond me. My EU mandated human right to a lovely view from my £500k villa has been violated.

    I will just have to open another bottle of Chianti.

    Workers of the world unite!

  50. 50
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The Mirror – Written for dribbling morons, by dribbling morons, in support of dribbling morons.

  51. 51
    smoggie says:

    Sometimes there’s words in the balloons in Andy Capp. Not big ones of course, since he’s meant to be from Hartlepool.

  52. 52
    Capitain LastoneoffzeboatisSpaghetti says:

    The rocks were not on the map the honour!

  53. 53
    Diane Fatbott says:

    Don’t forget the monumental imports of multicultural voters.

  54. 54
    Rob Roy says:

    Gaddaffi is gone now because Scotland insisted and insisted upon justice despite English reservations.

    Vote for a free Scotland.

  55. 55
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    ++golf clap++

  56. 56
    Arthur Bent says:

    Would you look in the mirror if you were as fat and ugly as Tom Watson ?

  57. 57
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Ah, yes, Mr Capp. The avatar of the Chav.

  58. 58
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Don’t forget Dr David Kelly.

  59. 59
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Don’t forget Dr Dav.id Ke.lly

  60. 60
    annette curton says:

    Come on Guido spill the beans, how long have you been hacking celebrities and politicians voice mails and employing hoards of private investigators to snoop on people and where did get all that money from to pay off disgruntled bloggers that have been libelled on your site, we should be told!, I hope Mr Leveson, sorry, Sir… Lord will continue to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.

  61. 61
    The Fog says:

    But David Beckham is a footballer.

  62. 62
    Dr Foxx says:

    Hi! Adam!
    What are you doing these days?

  63. 63
    annette curton says:

    That idea could open up a whole new can of worms, suggesting avatars for people i.e Gordon and his Golden Compass.

  64. 64
    annette curton says:

    PS, all my comments are warranted.

  65. 65
    un believer says:

    “Guido is not a member of the Press”


  66. 66
    Phil says:

    El Megrahi’s pet Hamster’s Great grandson has just died.

  67. 67
    Some Geezer wot knows a million corny jokes says:

    Lakota Sioux boy to his father: “How do Lakota get their names?”
    Father: “Why do you ask, Buffalo Chips?”

  68. 68
    un believer says:

    If it was possible to easily take Guido’s multi jurisdictional ‘organisation’ (i.e. two pissheads and a couple of computers) to court then I’m sure there’s a few who’d have done so by now.

    That’s if anyone was misguided enough to think he had a pot to piss in and wasn’t living off his missus.

  69. 69
    Disambiguation Needed says:

    William Wallace, Liverpool insurance salesman who beat the rap for killing his wife in the 1930’s.

  70. 70
    No Surprises There says:

    Well, you ARE known for your Whoppers.

  71. 71
  72. 72
    nightwatch says:

    Bloody well done.

    Astoundingly poor performance from the Inquiry this am. More TM bullshit expected unless Leveson and crew, wake up.

    Keep it up.

  73. 73
    Fish says:

    Just popped Costa into the search engine and got this ‘quote of the day’!

    Costa Cruise Ships, Costa Concordia Cruise. Experience the Costa Concordia cruise ship for a cruise vacation you will never forget

    You don’t say!

  74. 74
    Sir Cholmondeley Bolmondeley says:

    Fawkesy’s no fool, old man; stashed his money in all sorts of out-of-the-way islands you’ve never heard of and I barely have. Smartest thing I ever did was opening up that Swiss account during my posting in Geneva; I was able to create trusts that owned dummy corporations that owned other dummy corporations that leased everything to me so that now, I don’t own anything either. Used to drive the Inland Revenue absolutely bonkers. To paraphrase the snail-eaters with respect to old Fawkesy, never ask how the family fortune is being made. There, Guido, old chap, I’ve taken up for you; now be a decent sort and fetch me a Dewar’s and soda, there’s a good lad.

  75. 75
    Handycock Phd (Troughing) says:

    Thanks. I have been hacked you know and had a detective following me for 8 years all by the UK media. I have not been called to the Leveson inquiry and, for the life of me, cannot understand why not. I am a victim of this persecution and should be highly compensated for their destruction of my political life, especially when I am entirely innocent of all the accusations they made against me.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    and my fucking pension which is now in bits,thanks Gordon

  77. 77
    Katia says:

    Book out soon Handy. You figure big time.

  78. 78
    polythesis says:

    Where are the BBC you might ask? They certainly only come out of the woodwork and report on the Leveson show trial when their ideological enemies are in the frame but when the left wing press is highlighted the BBC are nowhere to be seen, funny that eh? As far as the BBC is concerned if it aint a chance to attack their enemies then they just aint interested. And yet the BBC gets away with blatant bias time after time, even the press under attack dont report on the BBCs grubby partisan games.

  79. 79
    Fenton says:

    Being critisised by people like this is a high compliment GF.

  80. 80
    50 Calibre says:

    …and my fucking pension too.

    That bastard Brown stole my money and frittered my money, advised, aided and abetted by his two mini bastards Miliband mimimus and Blinkybollox Balls. Now I am drawing my pension it’s surprising how seriously pissed off about it I get. Especially when all three of them are getting rich at the taxpayer’s expense.

  81. 81
    Boom 'n Bust says:

    Anyone seen Gordon Fucking Brown recently?

    Does he really exist? Did he ever exist?

  82. 82
    M says:

    Anything for a few dollars more or even just a fist full of dollars always seems to involve the good the bad & the plain fuck ugly

  83. 83
    joescotus says:

    the indy does big pictures as well ????

  84. 84

    William Wallace, another dead scots loser.

  85. 85

    No Sawney Beane, he`s there to twin your sh*te wee land with Greece, both bankrupt and in need of continual subsidy.

  86. 86

    Who`s scared of the Scots? They`re so obese and p*ssed up on buckfast, they can hardly stand up straight.

  87. 87
    MB. says:

    The Mirror editor rivalled Piers Morgan as an unconvincing witness.

    Several Labour politicians have been very critical of the Murdoch group over hacking, they seem very silent about their friends at the Mirror group?

  88. 88
    Major Plonquer says:

    Sir, I thoroughly object to your use of the word ‘cowboy’ to refer to people who wouldn’t have a clue how to tie a steer. I love cowboys. I like to dress up as a cowboy. And the girlfriend loves the fact that I can jump from my horse and tie her up in less than 15 seconds. Moreover, she loves the chaps.

    Worse, I’ve even caught you refering to certain people who would be better described as Indians as cowboys. Cut it out, pardner.

  89. 89
    BBC Auditor says:

    You will notice that we at the BBC are very careful to only promote the anti Murdoch reports from the Leveson Inquiry. As such Richard Wallace was shown to not know anything about any phone hacking at Labour supporting Mirror. Unfortunately our technical department could not disguise the fact that in his answers to the Inquiry Wallace showed his arrogance and could not care attitude. We admire his courage in going to this inquiry with this attitude and without rehearsals.
    This morning our revered BBC balding news editor gushed positively and excitedly on the Today Programme on the revelation that our bosses in Unite were at odds with our co-bosses Labour’s Red Ed and Balls Up.
    That this contrived situation is a disinformation storm in a teacup to get the two Eds’ more publicity is simply not true.

  90. 90
    Rob(ber) Roy says:

    Scotland has great aspirations to join the EC and be swamped by EC Euros for its development helped by buraucrats out for revenge on England. Unfortunately the timing of this is way off for financial reasons in Euroland, so Alex Salmonella is now on the back foot seeking more time (and power).
    To any trained observer it is obvious the lesson that Ireland provides, but nothing should get in the way of a good old fashioned meglomaniac that wants to be the first President of Scotland.

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