Article regarding Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into phone hacking and the ethics and culture of the UK media.
An American friend passing through during the early days of our election campaign was astonished by the front pages of our national newspapers strewn over my kitchen table. Politically engaged, but somewhat of a naif about our great election newspaper tradition of Labour leader bashing, he shook his head: “It’s all so vindictive and so desperately… personal”.
He was, of course, talking about the relentless attacks on Ed Miliband that – in The Sun, Mail, Express, Star and Telegraph as well as their Sunday stablemates – variously painted him as a philanderer, a geek, a fratricidal
backstabber, a Stalinist ideologue, a hypocritical toff and a clueless tosser.
According to one analysis for openDemocracy, personal insults directed at Miliband in the second week of April averaged five a day across the Mail, Sun, Telegraph and…. Read more