“If my friend Neil Wallis’s mauling from Evan Davis is the norm, is it any wonder that nobody goes on BBC’s Newsnight any more?” he asked, seemingly unaware that the show is not experiencing a shortage of guests. There was more. “Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World, had just been cleared of phone hacking and was urged to go on the clapped-out show by a researcher saying he could tell his story of the impact the charge had on his life”. Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes?
“The jury foreman Tweeted Mr Wallis after the show to explain that it took four days because they methodically went through the hundreds of pages of evidence. The way the audience is going under Davis, there will be more guests than viewers shortly [note that he just contradicted himself]. Who could blame them?”
Kel says “The jury foreman Tweeted Mr Wallis after the show”. The Tweet from Mercer to Wallis is marked 0835 hours on July 1. Wallis appeared on Newsnight the following day - the interview was broadcast more than a day and a half later than that Tweet. So not only did MacKenzie lie about the contents of the Tweet, he lied about its timing.