Peter Jukes, the tin foil hatter behind conspiracy site Byline, has had a complaint to the press regulator about the Sunday Telegraph rejected. Jukes claimed Andrew Gilligan’s article exposing the murky truth about Byline was riddled with inaccuracies. His complaint to IPSO insisted it was wrong for the Telegraph to say he was Byline’s “manager”, wrong to say the site was funded by billionaires, wrong to say it had pushed the Westminster paedo ring conspiracy, wrong to say Jukes had been paid by Hacked Off, and wrong to say Byline worked with Hacked Off to promote the Whittingdale hooker story. Humiliatingly, IPSO rejected all of these complaints by Jukes. They ruled:
- Calling Jukes Byline’s manager was not a breach of the editor’s code
- It was “not misleading” to say the site had been funded by billionaires
- “Not misleading” to say Byline had “promoted and defended” the paedo ring conspiracy, it had in fact published several articles supporting the theory
- “Not inaccurate” to report Jukes had been paid by Hacked Off, he admitted he had received money from them
- “Not misleading” to say Hacked Off and Byline worked to promote the Whitto story
In other words, IPSO say Jukes’ complaint was itself inaccurate and misleading. Embarrassing.