"How Beeb downplayed its use of private eyes", thundered the Daily Mail on Thursday, as it accused BBC News of virtually ignoring evidence from director general Mark Thompson to the Leveson inquiry that the corporation had spent £310,000 on private investigators in six years.
Strangely, when the Mail covered the inquiry on 5 December – when Lord Justice Leveson heard how the names of journalists had been found at private investigator Steve Whittamore's Hampshire home – it described the "veritable treasure trove" of material, yet failed to mention that it topped the list of title's using Whittamore's services, with 952 requests, involving 58 of its journalists.
And in the Mail's Leveson coverage on 12 January, towards the end of a page 8 story "How Hugh Grant got his facts wrong, by the Mail's legal chief" were a few paragraphs about Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright's use of Whittamore. So no downplaying the use of private eyes there, then.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
From the Guardian's Media Monkey on 26 January: