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Fleet Street Celebrates Total Victory Over Leveson. The Public Interest Is ‘Collateral Damage’.

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This article started as a comment on an excellent piece in 'The Conversation'
by Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications, University of Westminster.

Politics versus public interest in battle over press regulation.

The Fleet Street Mafia has successfully subverted and corrupted our political leadership to ensure that Leveson has achieved nothing in bringing the worst excesses of the press under control.  In fact, if anything, press regulation is even weaker and less effective than before Lord Justice Leveson first assumed the chair of the inquiry.

The Leveson Inquiry.  A Waste Of Time And Public Money.

The Leveson Inquiry. A Waste Of Time And Public Money.

The whole exercise has been a farce and a waste of public money. Cameron and his cronies are so terrified of the press that they will do literally anything; change any policy, ignore any evidence, promote any untruth, in order to comply with the wishes of Murdoch, the Barclay Brothers or Paul Dacre.

IPSO, the replacement for the PCC, is even more corrupt, dishonest and fraudulent in its practice than its predecessor. It fails to enforce the Editors’ Code and instead finds excuses for publishers to breach the code as it suits them. It acts in expressly the opposite interest to that which it pretends. It seeks to support the interests of the press over the interests of the public at all stages.

IPSO’s new strategy to deal with troublesome and substantive complaints is simply to dismiss them, even without any consideration. The PCC would have made a play of investigating complaints before dismissing them but IPSO simply closes them down saying they do not raise any possible breaches of the code – even when they consist of blatant inaccuracy and distortion.

John Whittingdale MP.  Sycophant And Toady To The Press Barons.

John Whittingdale MP. Sycophant And Toady To The Press Barons.

The net effect of Leveson is to place the public in a worse position than before it started. We have gone backwards. The press is more powerful, politicians are supine. In the case of weak, corrupt individuals like John Whittingdale, he has become the servant of the press barons, doing their bidding, performing at their wish from inside government where he betrays the electorate and subverts our democracy.

Fleet Street is like the Wild West but with immunity against any consequences of any actions. The only hope that we have is the terminal decline of newspaper circulation and that the power of this unelected elite of editors and proprietors will crumble over time. It would help if our other media, particularly the BBC, would stop letting Fleet Street set the news agenda. We need to accelerate the move to online news content.

The whole corrupt edifice is well illustrated by the regular Sunday morning spectacle of Andrew Marr, a dyed in the wool Fleet Street stooge, interviewing low-rent tabloid hacks such as Amanda Platell or Jane Moore, before another servile chat with a government minister.  This defines the shabby, dishonest politicking within and around the Westminster bubble.

We do not have a a ‘free press’, we have an out of control, rampant, vested interest. While we need ‘freedom of the press’, in that journalists may investigate and publish the truth, we also need ‘freedom from the press’ and its bullying, self-serving control of our country and its political system.

It’s Time To Stand Up To The Gangsters From The Fleet Street Mafia.

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Brooks Newmark, Victim.

Brooks Newmark, Victim.

There is no excuse for the Sunday Mirror’s entrapment of Brooks Newmark.  It clearly amounts to a criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.  For causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent the penalty is up to 10 years in jail and both the freelance journalist concerned and the Mirror’s weekend editor Alison Phillips should be charged forthwith.

The subterfuge involved is also in clear breach of the Editors’ Code and the newly created, sham press regulator, IPSO, should act.  Mind you that’s like asking the mafia to lock up its gangsters.  It’s not going to happen.  IPSO and the sickening parasites who set up this fraud as a successor to the corrupt PCC are the problem and no part of the solution.

Alison Phillips, Sexual Offender

Alison Phillips, Sexual Offender

The only defence to the use of subterfuge under the Editors’ Code is if it is in the public interest.  After their disgraceful record over many years, anyone who thinks that Fleet Street can judge what is in the public interest, must be a Daily Mail reporter.  This sting has achieved absolutely nothing except to show that a man is vulnerable to the provocative enticement of an extremely attractive woman.  Frankly, Brooks Newmark would be either gay or impotent if he wasn’t sorely tempted by the delicious 22-year-old Swedish model Malin Sahlén, whose photograph was stolen by the Mirror and used to entrap the MP.

This is all part of the sickening hypocrisy, prurience and dishonesty which pervades Fleet Street.  Just like the banks, our pathetic and weak leaders, even in the face of the Leveson Inquiry, allow so-called journalists to act with impunity.  These aren’t journalists, they are malevolent, predatory criminal abusers and they should face the full force of the law.  The crime is aggravated because it is committed for financial gain and is deeply corrupting of our media and our society.

Malin Sahlén.  Who Wouldn't?

Malin Sahlén. Who Wouldn’t?

Another side to Fleet Street’s abuse of its power and hypocrisy is the revolting Camilla Long of the Sunday Times, who has been instrumental in the harassment and malicious prosecution of Dave Lee Travis – another life sacrificed on the altar of Fleet Street malice.  This vile bitch, for there can be no other description has misused her power in the media to launch the most repellent attacks on a man who is clearly innocent of any criminal intent.  I don’t know what is behind her abuse.  Perhaps she is sexually frigid and socially inept, incapable of handling herself in a situation of mild flirtation.  More likely she is doing it for the money and if you take a moment to look at the smug, patronising drivel she writes in the Sunday Times, she is obviously in desperate need of material.

As if we didn’t know already that Cameron’s cowardly retreat from Leveson would result in more abuse from Fleet Street.  Newmark must feel an idiot and highly embarrassed but it seems to me he has done nothing wrong except as far as his wife is concerned.  That he was a government minister should have made him more cautious but should afford him stronger protection under the law, just as he might have a bodyguard or personal security against physical attack.  The offences against him should therefore result in very severe sentences and the Sunday Mirror should go the same way as the News of the World.

I Stand With Nigella and Against The Disgusting Fleet Street Mafia And Oppressive British Police.

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Nothing better demonstrates the venal, self-serving and foul behaviour of British newspaper editors than the abuse of Nigella.

Their corrupt, dishonest perversion of journalism and their subversion of the Leveson Inquiry is proven beyond any doubt.

Parliament established a judicial inquiry to investigate the culture and practices of the newspaper industry.  It was found to be engaged in criminal and reprehensible behaviour at every level.  Yet now,  it has used its power to undermine our democratic process and return to the sort of conduct that all decent people find unacceptable.

The slimeballs at Scotland Yard also show their true colours, nothing to do with the law or justice, in a knee jerk response to the shrieking, baying mob of the Fleet Street mafia.

It is not against any UK law to use any drug except opium. You have to prove possession, supply, production or importation. There is no reasonable prospect of any charges against Nigella getting past the most junior court clerk.  That senior police sources should even hint at such a course calls for charges of misconduct in public office.  This is abuse by police officers when what they are supposed to do is protect.

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December 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

It’s Time To Put The Daily Mail Out Of Business.

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Paul Dacre, Editor of The Daily Mail,  Butcher of Truth.

Paul Dacre, Editor of The Daily Mail, Butcher of Truth.

Freedom of the press is a crucial ingredient of any free society but so is freedom from the press that habitually lies, misleads and distorts. This is the very essence of The Daily Mail. It is the way it does business. It is its editorial policy and its business strategy. If a story can be twisted, evidence misrepresented or opinion disguised as fact then that is the route that The Daily Mail will always choose.

I am no supporter of Red Ed but now I have a reason other than his delusional policies to feel sorry for him. The disgusting and shameful abuse of his father is beneath contempt but it is exactly what one would expect from the most vile and offensive man in the media, Paul ‘The Butcher’ Dacre.

Dacre is the butcher of truth, the master of distortion and the cause of great misery and misinformation throughout Britain.  No other individual has been responsible for more  ‘inaccurate, misleading and distorted’ reporting. Those are the words at the heart of the Editors’ Code which is supposed to determine the standards by which newspapers operate.  The Daily Mail’s editorial is defined by its direct contradiction to the requirements of the code.  It is not just in breach of it.  It is the antithesis of it.

The tragic irony is that Dacre chairs the Editors’ Code committee.  His perverse influence means he rules the Press Complaints Commission with an iron fist and it, despite the good intentions of its staff, is a laughing stock and a rubber stamp for whatever lies monsters like Dacre want to print.

There may be a silver lining in this latest despicable episode.  It just might give Cameron the backbone he needs to implement Leveson in full, to kick out the ‘capo di tutti capi’ of the Fleet Street mafia and restore some decency and truth to British journalism.

An Open Letter To My MP, Richard Drax, On The Leveson Report

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Dear Richard,

You suggested in your speech in the House this evening that implementing the Leveson report would mean legislating on ethical standards for the press.

This is nonsense and I find it difficult to believe you could advance such an idea in good faith. What Leveson recommends is legislating to create an independent regulator which would set ethical standards based on consultation and agreement. This is exactly what we need.

I could not disagree with you more when you say “non-statutory, self-regulation” is the only option. I believe precisely the reverse is the case. The press has been given seven ‘last chances’ in 70 years to put its house in order and without fail has returned to abusive, corrupt and unacceptable conduct.

You will recall, I hope, that I too am a journalist and real ‘freedom of the press’ is something I value highly – but with freedom comes responsibility. It is preposterous, as you seem to suggest, that there should be no rules and all journalists must be trusted without question!

I regret that in your speech I found you pompous, apparently completely detached from the reality of most people’s day to day lives and, most of all, out of touch. You appear to be a caricature of an MP from an age that is long, long past..

The press barons, owners and editors, are flexing their muscles, saturating our country with propaganda which blatantly misleads about the urgent necessity for independent regulation. Their furious disinformation, trying to frighten and intimidate with nonsensical allegations about state control of the press is the dishonesty and manipulation of Fleet Street exemplified.

Independent regulation, backed by statute, is essential. As proposed it will enshrine a newspaper industry as independent from the state. It is a necessary and progressive move in support of freedom and liberty and against the corruption and vested interests of the media megalomaniacs.

I reject entirely your position on this vital issue.

Peter Reynolds

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December 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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Hacked Off’s Leveson Petition Passes 100,000 Signatures

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hacked-off-logoCongratulations on this achievement. We need to go much further though.

This corrupt government has already reneged on its e-petition pledge and ignored many that have grown well past the 100,000 mark.

The people of Britain are stitched up every day by the oligarchy of Westminster, the press and the banks and we need to fight back. This is an excellent cause around which to unite.

The press barons are a self-serving, dishonest collection of owners and editors who manipulate their power and their contacts for personal political and financial gain. They and their sleazy hacks are entirely distinct from the noble profession of journalism.

At all costs we must resist any attempt to revert to ‘self-regulation’. The lunatics have been in charge of the asylum for too long.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

The Only ‘Freedom Of the Press’ That Fleet Street Wants Is The Freedom To Distort, Mislead And Exploit.

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Bonkers

The Butcher

The Butcher

Please sign the Hacked Off petition here calling for the Leveson report to be implemented in full.

Mr ‘Slippery’ Cameron vowed that unless the report was “bonkers” he would see it implemented in full.  Questioned by Andrew Marr in September as to whether that remained his position he said “Absolutely”.  Now he’s been got at by the press barons who are flexing their muscles, saturating our country with their propaganda which blatantly misleads about the urgent necessity for independent regulation.

The Bitch

The Bitch

On seven occasions in 70 years the press has been given a ‘last chance’ to continue with self regulation. Every single time they have proved to be unfit to do so.  Are we going to allow these self-serving bullies off the hook yet again?

The Bully

The Bully

The furious misinformation and spin flooding our streets, trying to frighten and intimidate with nonsensical allegations about state control of the press is the dishonesty and manipulation of Fleet Street exemplified.

Independent regulation, backed by statute, is essential.  As proposed it will enshrine a newspaper industry as  independent from the state.  It is a necessary and progressive move in support of freedom and liberty and against the corruption and vested interests of the media megalomaniacs.

 

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December 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

Phoney Fleet Street Dissemblers Yanking On Mr Slippery’s Strings

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The lying, cheating, self-serving, abusive charlatans that call themselves ‘Fleet Street’ editors are in raging apoplexy about the suggestion that they might be held to account.

Spineless, Mr ‘Slippery’ Cameron has flip flopped as usual.  Just a little bit of pressure applied in the right place and he’d pimp his grandmother if it seemed expedient.

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There’s Nothing “Bonkers” About The Leveson Report Mr Cameron But As For You…

Now comes the news that the ‘Butcher’, the repugnant, mendacious Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail is to chair a meeting of editors to consider their response to the report. Anything that Dacre touches turns to the dark side.  I don’t know why he earned his nickname but it well expresses what he does to the truth.

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Butcher Of The Truth

I fervently hope that the public just won’t stand for this.  Fleet Street’s desperate last stand is to claim that an independent regulator underpinned by statute is a slippery slope or crossing the Rubicon and will inevitably lead to state interference in the press.

Absolute hogwash!  This is the press using their unrivalled expertise to deceive, mislead and distort the truth.  Why the hell should these amoral, exploitative, habitually dishonest barons be above the law?

In fact, an independent regulator backed by statute is the best possible way to guarantee a ‘freedom of the press’ that is in the interests of us all.  The only freedom that Dacre and his cronies want is to be able to continue their despicable, self-serving manipulation of facts, news and people’s lives for their own ends.  At all costs, the nightmare scenario of more ‘self-regulation’ must be resisted.

Hacked Off, the campaign for a free and accountable press, is running a petition calling for the Leveson report to be fully implemented.

PLEASE SIGN IT NOW!

Written by Peter Reynolds

November 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

We Must Have Independent And Legally Binding Regulation Of the Press

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The Editors’ Code, a transparent complaints process and investigative powers all backed with the force of law is what we need.  The idea that this would be state control of the press is a fallacy but one that the newspaper barons, with their huge vested interests, massive resources and influence are pressing as hard as they can.

 ‘Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring but the sacred freedom of the press!’

They’re trying to stitch us up with scare stories.  Pretending that some great principle is being infringed.  Now, where have I heard that before?  Oh yes, the press.

Who’s to say that we don’t already have state control of the press?  In extremis, the government would step in and impose any rules it wished.  Then,  idiots like Fraser Nelson of The Spectator would be two a penny and they could rot in jail.

Real life is not in extremis.  It is in  state of constant compromise.  We need to establish rules by which the press and all media must abide.  Compassion, respect and accuracy should be our principles but the idea that newspaper editors should regulate themselves is codswallop.

Broadcasters are required to provide balance, the press is not.  That is a privilege that must be balanced by a responsibility

“not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information”

These are the exact words of the existing Editors’ Code. All we need to do is give them the force of law.  If we can make the press take  responsibility it will be to the great benefit of society.

My Lord Leveson, I submit.

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

November 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm