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
Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.
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