It's the way they tell 'em
So the Tel was being used to disseminate party propaganda, which is pretty shameless, even given the paper’s usual political leanings. It got worse: the latest issue of Private Eye (#1389, available at newsagents at £1.80 a copy) has asserted that “Aidan Barclay, chairman of the Telegraph group, has assured David Cameron he will do whatever it takes to help the Tories’ election campaign”. There was more.
This is bad enough for the Tel’s reputation, but for Aidan Barclay, when his testimony to the Leveson Inquiry is considered alongside these events, it does not look good. Starting at Paragraph 27, it begins badly and gets worse: “I do not interfere in the editorial content of the newspapers or magazines we own … I am a passionate believer in the vital importance of editorial independence. Editors working for the Telegraph have the freedom to edit their newspapers as they think fit and make alI editorial decisions”.