Our free and fearless press has spent the past 24 hours atop its high horse, in full righteous outrage mode, lashing out in turn at the Police, the CPS, the BBC, the Guardian, campaigning group Hacked Off, and, just to be on the safe side, Hugh Grant, who, as any fule kno, is always somehow to blame. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, the omission and hypocrisy on view is all to obvious.
And after the double standards has come the omission: the Mail inevitably digs up last year’s Hacking Trial, telling “the jury cleared all the defendants apart from Coulson, who was convicted of phone-hacking and jailed”, thus managing not to tell readers that some defendants decided to plead guilty, such was the weight of evidence against them. But the greater righteousness comes from the Murdoch press.
But there is something, or perhaps that should be someone, missing from the Sun’s admission that it conforms to Olbermann’s Dictum (“the right exists in a perpetual state of victimhood”), and that is those about whom the paper reported, having paid for information that they might have expected to have been kept private. Yes, all those in the armed forces, and their families and friends - they do not feature.