MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Blairs win moral high ground in book row

Alistair Campbell appeared to have been caught off-guard by the Mail on Sunday’s political editor Simon Walters when informed of the paper’s intention to publish extracts from a book by Rosalind Mark, the Blair’s former nanny.

Alistair Campbell appeared to have been caught off-guard by the

Mail on Sunday’s political editor Simon Walters when informed of the

paper’s intention to publish extracts from a book by Rosalind Mark, the

Blair’s former nanny.



One or two commentators theorised that Campbell’s ’relaxed acceptance’

disguised the fact that he was spoiling for a fight with the MoS,

perhaps seeking a pre-election showdown in the courts. Janet Daley of

the Daily Telegraph called it ’an attempt by a sitting government to

smear and intimidate the press’. The Times saw the MoS article as a

’desperate’ reaction to the Telegraph’s coup in getting the rights to

serialise Trevor Rees-Jones’ memoirs.



The media’s consensus was that Mark’s ’revelations’ - which no paper was

able to print because of the injunction - amounted to mere tittle-tattle

and as such were not in the public’s interest. Tony and Cherie Blair

gained credit for protecting their family, the nanny was portrayed as

naive and her literary agent Jonathan Harris as a shadowy figure.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. Cuttings by Durrants. More

information can be found at: www.echoResearch.com.



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