How Cameron and the Standard tackle growing row over Coulson and phone hacking
Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone hacking.
Fluffy journalism at its best on a day when there is so much more to talk about. The Standard does tackle the Coulson story on page two, but not after yet another piece of Cameron fluff about him using a personal trainer that takes up another half page. Seriously, unfracking believable. It beggars belief. Or something.
This on the day that Tom Watson MP has written to Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson about, among other things, The New York Times allegation that key evidence was withheld from the Crown Prosecutions Service. He tells Sir Paul that his “conduct of this matter is being scrutinised all over the world. So far, it is bringing shame – as has News International – on our country”.
If follows the news earlier in The Guardian of more phone hacking charges following the suspension of a News of the World reporter — who was a staffer during Coulson’s time at the paper.
And what of former News of the Screws editor turned spin junior doctor, what has he been busying himself as he becomes the most talked about former Fleet Street editor practically ever?
Coulson has been taking time out to bash the BBC. Mark Thompson has been in Downing Street this morning meeting with Coulson and others to defend the BBC’s coverage of spending cuts.
A BBC spokesman said Thompson had discussed the possible participation of ministers in programmes about the spending review.
Ed Miliband told the Daily Mail the meeting was “deeply worrying”. He’s wrong about other things but he is spot on with that.