It got worse: after Imelda Finnerty suggested he was defending the indefensible, Newton Dunn blustered “I'm not defending anything. Simply stating the wider context”. Ms Finnerty had to remind The Great Man that “You are defending The Sun's reports at the time by saying the police lied. Investigatory journalism is mean to ask Qs”. Any competent definition of the word “Journalism” is unlikely to include areas such as “obedient and unquestioning copy-taker for the law enforcement authorities”.
Tom Newton Dunn is already in denial about the shockingly bad past behaviour of his own paper, so much so that he’s already spinning in its defence. Not a good sign.
And Peter Jukes had to remind Newton Dunn “A journalist's job is to check police claims. Even News of the World [was] more sceptical than the Sun”. Also the Sun under MacKenzie was grovelingly faithful to Margaret Thatcher, and swaggeringly so after her re-election in 1983. This was just another opportunity to show the paper’s unswerving loyalty. Why anyone should leap to defend it now is both baffling and revealing.