While the now-defunct Screws was being exposed as an enterprise that had profited from a significant level of criminality, which may not have stopped with phone hacking, fingers of suspicion were being pointed at the Mirror titles, and especially the Sunday Mirror, which would have needed to keep up with the Murdoch empire’s Sunday offering. And keeping up with Rupe’s downmarket troops may have meant hacking.
Here on Zelo Street, the more fanciful assertions about the Mirror titles, and especially those personally directed at Piers Morgan, have been treated with scepticism: there was an awful lot of hot air, and little in the way of evidence. But since October 2012, the evidence has been mounting, and by last November it was clear that the house was in danger of falling in rather soon.
[UPDATE 27 January 1030 hours: over at the Speccy, Mr Steerpike, which, as any fule kno, is an alias for the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guid Fawkes blog, has tried to turn the hacking at Trinity Mirror on to the Guardian, and the BBC, because to clueless right-wingers, the two organisations are the same thing, honestly.
"When hacking was discovered at the News of the World, there was great excitement from the Guardian and the BBC. How much coverage will they now give to the disclosures about the Mirror?" asks Cole, trying to link the two organisations, while, in reality, the coverage was always driven by the Guardian alone, with the BBC occasionally reporting on that.
And, as so often, the flannelled fool has failed to do his homework: the Guardian has been on the Mirror group's case several times recently (see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE), and, as to his snarking at Roy Greenslade, he said that Trinity Mirror "must come clean" some four and a half hours before the Steerpike post was published.
"Both the corporation and the Guardian have taken glee in the past at resting the phone hacking crimes firmly in Rupert Murdoch’s court" offers Steerpike, managing not to notice that several former faithful Murdoch retainers got guilty over the affair. Nobody has "taken glee" at anything: Master Cole will have to try rather harder to convince those outside the jerking circle that comments on the Coffee House blog.
It's also worth remembering that the Fawkes blog hasn't said a peep about hacking at the Mirror titles for some months now. Because they're now doing business with them, and so have once again shamelessly sold out to the press establishment. Another fine mess]