Monday, 4 June 2012
it's different for girls
Readers will remember that I posted some days ago about some nonsense in the Reading Chronicle, dictated to them by Martin Salter. The headline of their story, that Salter had given evidence to the Leveson inquiry, was a plain lie. And they knew it was. But the Chronicle's willingness to publish lies knowing them to be lies is well known in Reading and further afield. However, they took the opportunity to have dictated to them some untruths about yours truly, which Tom Watson MP has chosen to submit to the Leveson inquiry, although they are totally irrelevant to it. I am taking action in respect of Tom Watson MP and of the Leveson inquiry people separately, as you might expect me to. In respect of the Chronicle I asked for withdrawal of the untruths in the story and for a reply, to be given equal prominence with the piece of dictation they had previously taken from Martin Salter. They have refused, and have told me I may write a letter for publication, which must be significantly shorter than the original piece and which will be subject to their editorial control. I'm not doing that. I've posted my response as a comment on the on-line version of the story, but if you read the Chronicle only on paper you will see nothing. You might wonder how many other untruths go uncorrected in that organ.