The Celebrity Inquiry

Why was Leveson clapped earlier?

Mr Jay was even signing autographs…

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Leveson Damning of Piers Morgan

Worth noting that Leveson refrained from naming too many names and is was clearly keen to avoid making direct accusations. One person he didn’t hold back on though was good old Piers Morgan. While discussing Pier’s evidence Brian claimed:

“This was not, in any sense at all, a convincing answer. Mr Morgan could not even resist a further side-swipe at the Guardian (he had earlier referred to that title as the self-appointed bishops of Fleet Street), perhaps in an attempt to draw attention away from the broader ramifications of the question. When linked with other evidence, his reference to ‘the rumour mill’ somewhat downplayed the quality of the evidence incriminating the industry as a whole. And Mr Morgan chose his words very carefully when asked to speak about the Daily Mirror. Overall, Mr Morgan’s attempt to push back from his own bullish statement to the Press Gazette was utterly unpersuasive.”

In other words…



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Tories Go on the Brownite Attack

They must want to kiss Brian’s big bald head in Downing Street. The Tories are cock-a-hoop that Brown and his ever loyal Watson’s conspiracy theory has been shredded.

Here’s a taste of how hard CCHQ spinners are pushing it:

Labour claimed the Conservatives did ‘a deal’ with NI over BSkyB and other policy in exchange for their support.
But Lord Justice Leveson says ‘The evidence does not, of course, establish anything resembling a “deal”’.

Labour claimed Jeremy Hunt ‘was not judging the [BSkyB] bid he was backing it’.
But Lord Justice Leveson says ‘there is no credible evidence of actual bias on the part of Mr Hunt’.

Labour claimed ‘Cameron should never have given the decision to Hunt in the first place’.
But Lord Justice Leveson says Jeremy Hunt ‘was the obvious candidate to entrust with the decision because of his portfolio… The evidence does not begin to support a conclusion that the choice of Mr Hunt was the product of improper media pressure, still less an attempt to guarantee a particular outcome to the process’.

Labour claimed ‘Jeremy Hunt “was acting as a backchannel for the Murdochs”’
But Lord Justice Leveson says ‘Mr Hunt immediately put in place robust systems to ensure… fairness, impartiality and transparency’ and Jeremy Hunt’s ‘actions as a decision maker were frequently adverse to News Corp’s interests’.

Labour claimed the Prime Minister had discussions with James Murdoch about the BSkyB bid at a dinner on 23 December 2010.
But Lord Justice Leveson says the Prime Minister was ‘perfectly in order’.

Cameron called for the former Prime Mentalist to withdraw the allegations made in the House about a deal. Guido wouldn’t hold his breath…

PM: Has “Serious Concerns” about Statutory Underpinning

The Prime Minister seems to have decided he’s not going to be the first leader since 1695 to use the state to legislate the press. He just told the commons he has “serious concerns and misgivings” about using the state to underpin Leveson’s proposals. Apparently he is “not convinced” it is needed and wants to give the press the chance to implement principles of Leveson without it. It’s on…

Read how Lord Justice Leveson wants statutory underpinning of press regulation to work…

…Over on MediaGuido

How Statutory Regulation Would Work

First Senior Tory Reaction to the Leveson Report

Outside on the steps of the QEII centre David Davis tells Guido that:

“Giving the government the responsibility for press freedom is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.”

The backlash begins…

Leveson Wants Ex-Brown Adviser to Regulate the Press

The Leveson Report suggests Ofcom could soon wield considerable power over the press. It is recommended that the new regulatory body will be ‘validated’ by Ofcom, the government is to consider allowing Ofcom to regulate newspapers that refuse to join or even becoming the regulatory body itself if the new system fails.[…]




Lord Justice Leveson slams press saying “behaviour can only be described as outrageous” across all papers and says criminality was ignored.[…]


Find out why Phillip Schofield could have found the perfect platform for his Google-based detective work…

…Over on MediaGuido[…]


Conspiracy Theorists Go Corporate

Fancy yourself as a Google-based investigative citizen journalist? ITN are setting up just the thing for you: an online channel allowing amateur conspiracy theorists to broadcast anything from UFO sightings to, inevitably, stories of the more sinister kind. ‘Truthloader’ will be coming soon to a YouTube channel near you.[…]


Why the Prime Mentalist is Speaking Today

Hold the front page: Gordon Brown is speaking in Parliament today. And why is the jet-setting Prime Mentalist gracing us with his presence? He’ll be speaking in a debate on Scottish independence, but don’t let that fool you. The only reason Gordon is speaking, today of all days, is that he somehow got wind of the huge celebrations planned tomorrow to mark the one year anniversary of the last time he spoke in the House.[…]


Labour Haemorrhaging Votes to UKIP in Rotherham

Outside of the Leveson bubble there are some actual, real, political events also going on today. Perhaps most interestingly the by-election in Rotherham. Labour’s nerves are reaching a crescendo, and not just due to the prospect of the Homeland candidate splitting the left-wing vote.[…]


Quote of the Day

Emily Bell explains why press regulation won’t work…

“Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the internet abhors geo-specific regulation.”[…]


Guardian Hosted Seminar Encouraging Tax Avoidance

To mark the Guardian’s ‘Offshore Secrets’ week Guido has been exposing some home truths of their own over the past few days. On Monday GMG’s Cayman Islands company was shown to still be active, while yesterday a special Guidorama investigation revealed that their King’s Place offices are owned by a tax-exempt offshore investment trust.[…]


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