You what? Bugger off matey

Press regulator Ipso is expected to come under pressure to investigate allegations that the Daily Telegraph allowed commercial pressures to dictate editorial coverage, at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.

The culture, media and sport select committee is expected to discuss allegations made by Peter Oborne and echoed by other journalists that the Barclay brothers-owned newspaper refused to run stories about HSBC, when Sir Alan Moses, chair of Ipso, gives evidence.

Paul Farrelly MP, a former journalist and member of the media select committee, said: “This is all about press standards and Ipso needs to take it seriously … It’s high time that the board take a fresh look at the code in the interests of upholding press standards and backing good journalists such as Peter Oborne.”

Look, freedom of the press doesn’t just mean that you can run any story you want. It also means you don’t have to run any story you want. For whatever reason.

If the Telegraph wants to shovel its reputation onto a bonfire so be it. Fuck all to do with politicians.

15 thoughts on “You what? Bugger off matey”

  1. I read a Rod Liddle (I think) Piece in the Spectator the other week where he claims the only paper who has made him change stuff is the Guardian. The best was where they objected to him calling someone a Wolverine because calling someone an ‘ape’ might be considered racist. When he mentioned to the idiot that wolverines are not apes they still objected to it that some of their readers might think that wolverines are apes and thus get offended. It’s madness.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    It is the first step towards saying that no one is allowed to print anything that does not align with the Metropolitan elite. No positive coverage for UKIP.

    Just as the Dutch and the Belgians have been using the full force of the law to keep the political process within the small number of traditional parties.

  3. No SMFS, it’s the NEXT step. MPs, post Leveson, start by trying to stop papers writing things they don’t like. The next step is to try to force papers to write things they DO like.

  4. The torygraphy doesn’t publish much Marxist interpretation and critique on its business pages, due to ideological and I am guessing commercial reasons. Is that something these regulators will ‘look into’ too?

  5. Guardian journalists do not write stories which show the demolition of Richard Murphy’s irresponsible, union funded, guff by people who actually understand economics.

    When will politicians and regulators get this straightened out ?

  6. So Much for Subtlety

    I like Peter Oborne. He says things no one else does. I admire that. But when looked at en masse, you have to say that his views are a little bit beyond brave. More into the Jim Hacker-sense of courageous.

    He praised Ed Miliband as a political leader? He has condemned the baneful influence of the pro-Israel lobby? He has said people are picking on British Muslims? He thinks the US is the greatest threat to the world at the moment, in part because of Global Warming? He has praised the Human Rights Act?

    I actually agree with him when he said “One of the greatest theologians of all time, [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini’s teaching contained insights which went far deeper than anything the rationalists and materialists of the United States could imagine.” But perhaps he did not mean that in the same way I might mean that.

    The fact that he has criticised Mugabe, Alastair Campbell, and the EU – famously referring to someone, repeatedly, as that idiot from Brussels – can’t hide the fact that he is clearly, well, I don’t know what the word is. What do you call it when some late stage disease starts to disorder your mind? But I can see why his days at the Telegraph would have been numbered. Perhaps this is his way of dealing with his inevitable firing?

  7. I saw Peter Oborne appearing on the C4 debate the night before the Scottish referendum. My first thought -expressed out loud – was “been in the bar have we Peter?”

  8. Actually yes, the.screaming and shouting down from the Yes campaigners lead Rory Stewart to “fear for democracy in Scotland”. And then there was “distinguished actor” Brian Cox; OMG.

  9. Peter Oborne has always struck me as pissed and borderline clinically deranged. Nasty anti-semite, too.

  10. Oborne is a clown who changes his opinion more often than he changes his underpants. Professor Moriarty would write a better column (crime reporter ?) than Oborne. Hell, Noddy and Big Ears could write a better column than Oborne.

    IAlso if the DT have any dirt on this MP mouthpiece–now is the time to release it.

  11. If Oborne’s resignation and the subsequent storm forces to Telegraph’s owners to do something about the paper’s sad decline then that’s a good thing. In fact he has already improved its political commentary…

    Farrelly, as a former hack, ought to be ceremonially kicked down Fleet Street and into the river.

  12. so, ‘commercial’ pressures are verboten but political interference is fine. You give these lice an inch and a moment later they are grabbing a mile.

  13. So Much for Subtlety

    Rob – “so, ‘commercial’ pressures are verboten but political interference is fine. You give these lice an inch and a moment later they are grabbing a mile.”

    I think that this is one of those irregular verbs for the Left. *Their* sort of commercial pressure is fine. If they tried to organise a boycott of The Sun over Page Three girls by lobbying advertisers, that is totally fine. But not if HSBC does it for any reason at all.

    Just as they think political pressure to make the media more PC is fine. But the Conservatives leaning on the BBC to be a bit more even handed would be a crime crying out to Heaven for vengeance.

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