MEDIA: WHAT THE PAPERS SAY; Press savage Mirror over Budget decision

The leaking of the Budget details to the Daily Mirror provided an insight into the Machiavellian workings of the British press. The Mirror and its editor Piers Morgan, held out that they acted entirely in the national interest, resorting the following day to the claim that they were actually too boring to publish.

The leaking of the Budget details to the Daily Mirror provided an

insight into the Machiavellian workings of the British press. The Mirror

and its editor Piers Morgan, held out that they acted entirely in the

national interest, resorting the following day to the claim that they

were actually too boring to publish.



The rest of the press preferred to speculate on the timing of the

Government’s injunction in relation to Morgan’s gleeful phone call to

Downing Street. They followed up with the fact that the Mirror feared a

repetition of the Diana video hoax and got cold feet.



The Observer explained how the Mirror leaked its own story to the Sun

(although this had no effect on the financial markets) and said how the

paper should ‘hang its head in shame for losing the scoop’. Joanna Coles

summed Piers Morgan up in the Guardian calling him ‘the Gareth Southgate

of editors’ and describing him as ‘bleak, lonely and temporary - like

his office’.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ‘What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma



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