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The Leverson Inquiry

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The Leverson Inquiry

Starts again tomorrow, Maybe CBB is not so bad after all  Crazy Crazy
http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/

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Many of the tabloid editors whose actions have been questioned seem to have created the foundation of career as showbiz writers/editors, coincidence?
Because of Celebrity Big Brother I've had dealings with certain gossip mags and newspapers and I was astonished at their lax attitude to the truth.
It seems over the years as more and more z-listers see rushing to the media with fabricated or intimate details of themselves as a career the press as felt they can write anything about those sort of people as it's publicity and a laugh.
When you also have celeb management who have a roster of clients who don't have a talent other than filling newspaper space working with the showbiz writers it's easy to see how the situation can become corrupted and not in the publics interest.
As showbiz editors have become newspapers editors their attitude to facts and truth seems to have been adopted by the newsrooms when dealing with crime stories and members of the public.
So stories end up fueled by gossip presented as fact, which can have a terrible affect on innocent unsupecting individuals.
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Kelvin McKenzie having attempted to bluster his way through question looked very nervous umming and erring at one he was all of a quivver he couldn't control his hand as he put it to his mouth I've never seen him like that before. Usually he's confident and speak with authority.
He seemed to think going on the attack and character assaination was the best way to answer questions throwing in the word 'failed' when talking about a breakfast show host and slinging mud at Philip Townsend a former butler of Rupert Murdoch, ponting out he'd served a prison term for fraud, therefore not to be trusted.
According to the following on appeal the conviction was overturned, lapse of memory on Mckenzie's part or bully boy tactics?.
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...former society photographer Philip Townsend, who at one time was Rupert Murdoch's butler and whose conviction was quashed on appeal.

As for the current editor of the Sun, asked about his joke that the rival Mirror showbiz section had won an award because of lax security on mobile phones I loved the way he avoided eye contact and looked at the floor. But his evasive action didn't work as he was then asked about his relationship with the then editor of the Mirror, Piers Morgan, with whom he'd previously worked.
Under Dominic Mohan ran a story in 2007 that through illness a celeb had to auction a car. The paper's crime correspondent reported the 6 month old upmarket car had been sold for the price paid for it when new.
A month or two later the city pages of another paper reported on celebs being chased for non payments on leased cars, one of them was the celeb the Sun had reported as auctioning their car.  The Sun without any reference to its previous exclusive picked up the story and ran the celebs PR version of events, that missed payments were due to being in hospital and the car that had been 'auctioned' magically reappeared having been with a 'friend'.
I drip fed back to the Sun their original story, to see if they would bite, and they did....I said I knew the car had been auctioned as I had been told by a trsutworthy source. I gave them the name of the Sun reporter as the source but it didn't click with the news editor, eventually I had to spell out to them they'd been rumbled...no correction or clarification was printed by the Sun.
The PR person involved has been the source of many stories that appeared in The Sun and has often been paid more than his clients to protect the paper.
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Richard Desmond owner of Channel 5 broadcaster of Big Brother, giving evidence
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Media mogul Richard Desmond told the Leveson inquiry yesterday he did not understand the meaning of the word ethics.
Robert Jay, counsel to the inquiry, asked Mr Desmond what interest he took in the ethical constraints of his newspapers. He replied: “Well, ethical, I don’t quite know what the word means.”

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Lord Justice Leveson was then shown a statement from Mr Desmond in which he said: “We don’t talk about ethics or morals because it’s a fine line and everybody’s ethics are different.

“However, we do of course care about our titles’ reputation and so we wouldn’t run a story if we thought it would damage that or seriously affect someone’s life.”

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The inquiry heard the Express repeatedly published stories based on leaks ...... that Kate and Gerry McCann may have killed Madeleine. Mr Desmond apologised for publishing false stories, but claimed the McCanns only sued after lawyers got involved.

Describing that allegation as “grotesque”, Mr Jay asked him: “Are you seriously saying that [the McCanns] were sitting there quite happy rather than entirely anguished by your paper’s behaviour?”


(PlusNet's ethics allowed them to pay a considerable sum of money to the Richard Desmond owned channel FIVE, to sponsor Big Brother.)
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I'm sure good honest PlusNet won't be asorbing these values.....
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Mr Desmond told the Leveson Inquiry that Kate and Gerry McCann were content with the Daily Express' extensive coverage of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance because it helped the search for the missing girl.
"They were quite happy, as I understand, in articles being run about their poor daughter, because it kept it on the front page," he said.

Robert Jay QC, counsel to the inquiry, described this as a "grotesque" characterisation, adding: "Your paper was accusing the McCanns on occasion of having killed their daughter.

"Are you seriously saying that they were sitting there quite happy, rather than entirely anguished by your paper's bad behaviour?"


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Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said after the hearing: "The portrayal of his newspaper's coverage and the effect that it had on Kate and Gerry is not something that they or I recognise at all.

"For Mr Desmond to claim that Kate and Gerry were happy with the bulk of his newspaper's coverage, well, they weren't."

In a scathing review of Desmond's evidence was the following....
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“I apologise again to the McCanns, etc, etc, etc…” he went on, that chillingly insouciant appropriation of Yul Brynner’s catchphrase as the King of Siam confirming that he was paying purest lip service to the notion that callous cruelty in the cause of profit demands at least the pretence of contrition.

That eerily sounds like the values projected by C5 and the Big Brother production team. Meanwhile a final word on Desmond.....
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Peddling porn may be an inelegant way to make a fortune, but next to cashing in on the grief of the McCanns, it assumes a patina of respectability of which he could barely dream now.
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There are Press reports that whilst all the other papers covered in depth Mr Desmonds' testimony to the Leveson enquiry, his papers, The Express and Daily Star didn't cover it at all !
Wonder why ...