As Nick Davies put it in his excellent book Flat Earth News, “dog doesn’t eat dog”. The Fourth Estate’s finest tended in the past to gloss over the occasional less than perfect behaviour of their competitors. So it was at first with Phonehackgate, with Davies’ current home, the Guardian, often a lone voice.
But, with the news that the Metropolitan Police have assembled a new file of evidence, which they have now passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it seems that other papers are no longer so reticent: the Maily Telegraph has an article on its website today on the affair.
Both papers note that the police action follows their interviewing of Young Dave’s chief spinmeister and former Screws editor Andy Coulson. They are joined today by the Daily Mail, and also the Independent. But a scan of the Sun’s website suggests that they are not featuring the story.
Why might that be? The thought did enter that Andy Coulson is part of the Murdoch “family”, and that any further revelations – or even prosecutions – would be most unwelcome for Rupe and his troops. Also, those reporting the story are lined up in opposition to the full takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation.
What a coincidence!