Wednesday, 23 May 2012
targeted? how exactly?
the Leveson inquiry goes on, and Tom Watson MP has been giving evidence to it. According to this report, Watson referred to the "targeting" of then MP Martin Salter for opposing "Sarah's Law" as an example of the power wielded by the Murdoch empire. He's got that one way wrong. First of all, Salter was not actually targeted at all. He was pictured in the News of the World, with about eight other MPs, all of the pictures seriously unflattering, because all had responded to the paper's call on MPs to support "Sarah's Law" with vocal opposition. (Me, I threw that letter in the bin and ignored it all). That was the extent of the "targeting" that took place. Anything else was in Mr Salter's press releases, Even His Master's Voice frames their copy of his press release as a question, perhaps because even they balked at the reproduction in his press release of the completely false story that a paediatrician was burned out of their home because of the activities of News of the World journalists. Didn't stop them copying it out though. Allegedly, Devon and Cornwall police at one stage had evidence that an investigator was looking at Mr Salter's activities. Well, if one was he didn't work very hard at it, or he would have found the fraudulent housing allowance claims from 1997 to 2001 (when disclosure rules came in) - about 48K trousered for a non-existent London flat. I posted about the allegations last year here. Now Mr Watson, I have read your book 'Dial M for Murdoch' (great title, shame about the numerous inaccuracies) and you ought to be a bit more careful. I don't know if Leveson questioned you about the "targeting" but he ought to have done. What? Exactly? Happened?