Monday, 11 July 2011

Trevor Kavanagh agrees with the 'unauthorised' tweet about who's to blame for the News of the World's demise

On Saturday night, the @Sun_Politics Twitter feed issued a tweet blaming Ed Miliband, the BBC and the Guardian for the demise of the News of the World. They chose not to blame Rupert or James Murdoch, nor Rebekah Brooks nor the activities that led to the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone.

The tweet was deleted an hour later, following much criticism, with the claim that it was:


not authorised, and not the paper or its political team's opinion.

So some people may be surprised to read Trevor Kavanagh's article in today's Sun. Kavanagh is a former political editor and current associate editor of the paper. After admitting the final News of the World brought 'a lump to the throat' he goes on to point his finger of blame as those he thinks responsible:


We also offered a priceless opening to Ed Miliband, a weak leader who seized his chance to turn on a newspaper group that supported his party through most of its 13 years in power.

Politics is about opportunism, and if he can't squeeze capital out of this catastrophe at David Cameron's expense, then he's no politician at all.

So it's Ed Miliband's fault. Anyone else?


What is thoroughly contemptible, though, is the posturing, high-minded and politically prejudiced BBC. This media monster, which blows £2.3BILLION a year in public money, is bound by charter to be impartial and is anything but.

Its gleeful, vengeful and downright spiteful coverage of events over recent days is a disgrace.

Not for nothing is the BBC known as the Blatantly Biased Corporation...

Nothing other than a declaration of war would justify its round-the-clock analysis, interviews and breaking news on every radio, TV and internet outlet.

He doesn't mention that Sky News has been giving the subject much the same blanket coverage over the last few days, but then he wouldn't would he?

Anyone else to blame?


Many newspapers published in Britain today would have perished but for Wapping - including, perhaps, the high-minded and sanctimonious Guardian. And millions benefit from Rupert Murdoch's audacious creation of Sky TV - now at the heart of his enemies' campaign against him.

He was fought every inch of the way by The Guardian, which somehow sees itself as custodian of the sacred journalistic flame.

It is a small circulation paper whose readers mostly work in the taxpayer-funded public sector. But its Left-wing views are amplified out of all proportion by the BBC who, with breathtaking arrogance, portray themselves as the Voice of Britain.

So there you have it. Two days after the Sun's political team delete a tweet blaming 'Ed Miliband, the BBC and the Guardian' for News International's troubles, claiming it was 'unauthorised' and 'not the paper's view', the associate editor of the Sun blames 'Ed Miliband, the BBC and the Guardian' for News International's troubles.

Kavanagh adds:

This column might seem like the work of a Murdoch mouthpiece.

Well, that's one thing he's got right.

(Hat-tip to Jim Hawkins)

20 comments:

  1. Trust a Sun columnist to use the phrase "high-minded" as an insult...

    What does that make The Sun? Low-minded?

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  2. Why is the world filled with arseholes?

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  3. Gleeful... ha ha ha. Yep, it's certainly been fun watching them squirm

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  4. I continue to be disgusted that such blatent biassed 'opinion' can be allowed in print, and the fact that it is in such a (like it or not) popular 'paper' is just rubbing salt in it. Too many people will take it as 'fact'...

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  5. "Not for nothing is the BBC known as the Blatantly Biased Corporation". Who knows it as this? Hacks in the employ of Murdoch and.....erm, that's about it. Give me the Beeb over Sky or Fox anyday!

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  6. But the BBC is biased! You know, like how Spielberg was biased when he made Schindler's List.

    Good grief, The Sun, get a grip.

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  7. "Nothing other than a declaration of war would justify its round-the-clock analysis, interviews and breaking news on every radio, TV and internet outlet."

    well, nothing other than... the Japanese and Indonesian Tsunamis, our recent Royal Wedding, the Arab Spring, several extreme weather events around the world.....
    ...actually, that makes it pretty much any major news event that happens....

    "He was fought every inch of the way by The Guardian, which somehow sees itself as custodian of the sacred journalistic flame.

    It is a small circulation paper whose readers mostly work in the taxpayer-funded public sector."

    personally I can't stand the Guardian! ;)

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  8. Thank you Trevor for clarifying who closed the News of the World.

    There I was last week, certain I had seen James Murdoch pulling the plug. But no! It was actually Ed, Alan and Mark wot did it.

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  9. It's not so much that the BBC is biased, it's more that its interviewers are incompetent, or perhaps performers rather than cross-examiners (oh how I miss the late, great Robin Day). Jeremy Paxman is a sick joke, Kirsty Wark is shrill and blinkered,....,and Emily Maitlis - well, is there anything lower than incompetent? Yes! Susannah Simons.

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  10. I wonder just how uncomfortable Robert Murduch's boney hand is for Trevor Kavanagh

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  11. What a ghastly contemptible lot they are at News Ltd and now The Sun.
    They just don't get it do they?.No humility, no remorse, just cowardly attempts to blame anyone, everyone but themselves.

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  12. Are these people not bored to tears themselves with having to repeat the same tired old drivel time and again? Yes, yes, you don't like the BBC, the Guardian and Labour, we get it. We got it a good while ago, too.

    And if you'll forgive me for this aside, but there's something about the whole NotW sory I just don't get. Just why is Brooks so important to Murdoch that he'll go to such lengths to protect her? Wouldn't it have made much more sense if he'd just dropped her like a hot potato?

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  13. That's right, don't blame the people who chose to act illegally and unethically in the pursuit of stories to fill their horrible rag. Instead, blame and vilify the people who exposed them for doing it.

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  14. Jarvis Cocker was and is still right... 'C^%ts are still running the world'

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  15. Robbert asks: why is Brooks so important to Murdoch? Because she has evidence of James Murdoch's guilt I would imagine and the only person Rupert will not drop is Jimmy boy

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  16. @ Robbert,

    I suspect Murdoch is capitalising upon Brooks' current public image. The longer he holds on to her, the greater the percieved public victory when she finally goes. He'll sacrifice her when things turn really nasty. After all, she's not family.

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  17. Something that came up on the Now Show (BBC again, typical) was that the decision to close the NotW had already been made. Apparently there was a business meeting about it on the 28th of June, and the closure has only been brought forward because of the scandal.

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  18. Murdoch has not yet conceded anything that actually matters. NotW closing means nothing, especially if the rumours are true about that being planned for the near future anyway.

    The BBC are covering this because it's important, simple as. Sure they're not perfect, but I don't think they're as biased as, say, The Sun...

    I doubt any news organisation can actually maintain perfectly unbiased reporting at all times. I don't think it's possible because it'll be written by people and people are all biased. Then again, anything must look biased if it doesn't agree with your position when you're riding out on the end of things writing for such a horrible right-wing paper that's not even fit to wipe bottoms with.

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  19. Those of us who actually are left-wing see the Guardian as the the best of a bad bunch, somewhat liberal, mostly doesn't report opinion as fact but not actually, you know, Left Wing.

    As for the Beeb. Well it's public broadcasting so of course the right wing hate it. It's not unbiased in all cases I suppose but it's certainly not left-wing.

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  20. If the BBC are taking this opportunity of having a 'go' at Murdoch, his son James started the fight by calling for savage cuts at the Beeb. Cameron has done his bidding but the Beeb doesn't have to like it.

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