FYI

Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

One to watch...

  • Print

A week or so ago, it appeared to most observers reporters at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World hacked into telephone message banks regularly and with the blessing of senior management. Now, with the publication of a letter from a reporter who was jailed for phone-hacking, it appears not only that the managers knew about and encouraged the hacking, but that they lied about it to a parliamentary committee. Not only has the wicket gotten stickier for Murdoch and his son James, who gave the now-contradicted testimony to the committee, it gets stickier for Prime Minister David Cameron. It was once politically expedient for Cameron to cultivate the good will of Murdoch, and he did so assiduously. Probably the decision he rues most was to hire Andrew Coulson, a former News of the World editor, as a media adviser. It is beginning to look as if Cameron was naive in accepting Coulson’s assurance that he knew nothing of the hacking — the jailed reporter’s letter says the opposite. If Cameron does half as badly with his latest challenge, responding to the rioting in the United Kingdom’s major cities, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will be less enamoured of being deputy prime minister in a Cameron government. Sitting tight and denying all knowledge won’t work for Cameron this time, and he does not have his powerful media ally at his side. The hacking scandal was not nearly the top-of-mind issue that the rioting will be with the voting public, so Cameron will have to act decisively and wisely.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.