Sadly, within the right-leaning part of the press, these individuals have become a scarce commodity of late, and yesterday it was revealed in clear and forthright tones that, at one increasingly troubled title, the last canary had left their mine: Peter Oborne, massively respected across the political spectrum told that he had resigned from the Telegraph after a long struggle with an increasingly out of touch management, and his own conscience.
But it was the censorship imposed over certain subjects that lay at the heart of Oborne’s decision to quit, and especially that over HSBC. While the Guardian led over the bank’s troubles, and other papers and media outlets followed, the Telegraph was for the most part silent. When coverage did appear, it was cursory, almost apologetic. This caving in to one of the paper’s major advertisers Oborne called “a fraud on its readers”.
The Guardian’s David Leigh also knew that the Tel was practising censorship, and said so, noting that when the Tel finally deigned to cover HSBC, they loaded the story to make it look as if it were a failure within HMRC. The paper had also failed to cover the refusal of the Hong Kong authorities to let in a committee of British MPs. The Tel was even cautious in its coverage of the Tesco false accounting story.