Prime minister's text to editor an own goal

English: Nick Clegg and other MPs

English: Nick Clegg and other MPs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The anti-Tory media have their headline for tomorrow’s dead tree press coverage.

 

Prime minister David Cameron appeared at the Leveson Inquiry today, Thursday, and the lid was lifted on his cosy relationship with News International and just how chummy he was with Rebekah Brooks.

 

This included a bosom buddy text with the former disgraced News of the World and Sun editor, who was SMS’d by the PM, then Leader of the Opposition, claiming, ‘we’re all in this together.”

 

This phrase, which has become the phrase of political jest, was then coined by the Chancellor George Osborne, who used it to claim that the economic woes of Britain had to be shared by all from top to bottom.

 

But has the ousting of Dave’s text played exactly into the hands of those press anti-political bandits, who like to conflate news with comment?

 

Cameron said in his evidence at Leveson that he thought in an age of 24 hour news media, and TV broadcasting, news and comment could not be separated.

 

But isn’t that the point, when politicians make a comment like, “we’re all in this together,” it does exactly that, conflates a news piece into a piece of political propaganda – regardless whether it’s Labour or Tory?

 

It works both ways.

 

Cameron also slapped down Gordon Brown’s alleged allegations he made at Leveson on Monday. He claimed to Leveson that the Tory Party had made some kind of deal with News International, a trade for support for help in the BSkyB bid.

 

The coalition PM hit back, and said Brown’s allegations were “complete nonsense.”

 

On Andy Coulson, he said he took full responsibility for the appointment, but had sought assurances on phone hacking and Coulson’s total lack of awareness of it when he was News of the World editor.

 

Cameron was introduced to the Essex man by Osborne, but again, he said he was the one in the end who had decided to hire Coulson.

 

On the press’s future, he told the Judge that it had to be clear in everybody’s mind who they were doing this for.

 

Not to make the press or politicians happy, but to stop ordinary people becoming entangled in press intrusion, or hounding.

 

The political propaganda wolves will be howling vehemently over the next few days.

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