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For those part time Leveson watchers, Today has been a good one. Heather Mills  suggesting that Piers Morgan wasnt telling the truth, and this afternoon, Paul Dacre getting slapped around by Hugh Grant's lawyer, and trying to be obnoxious and brazen it out, to the extenet that firstly he appeared to annoy Judge L to the extent he appeared to give Grants lawyer free reign, and secondly to give the imnpression that he was being exactly the opposite of truthful..

Strangely many journalsits seem to be seeing it as a Win for Dacre, I can only see it as Stockholm syndrome.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Feb 9th, 2012 at 12:26:46 PM EST
Yea, but they know, and we know that Leveson can't possibly do anything too radical and so this has just become a kind of Truth and Reconciliations panel where aggrieved people go to describe how their lives were affected by the feral pack of Fleet St's finest while FSF try to look contrite and not smirk too openly.

But Dacre views himself as the Voice of Little England, with a profit margin and circulation to prove it. If his paper prints it, it must be relevant to England and it must be true and the man who make it so is a prince among men. And this self-adoration is reflected by the awe of FSF who will never write anything to offend him in case it becomes career-limiting.

So Dacre did win, it must be so as the histories will record it thus. And he will not be gainsaid by Leveson who has easier and smaller fish to fry.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 9th, 2012 at 01:19:01 PM EST
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Helen:
If his paper prints it, it must be relevant to England and it must be true and the man who make it so is a prince among men

Come on, Dacre doesn't think this for a minute. He's way too cynical for that.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 9th, 2012 at 02:37:06 PM EST
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I dunno, I do think he has an inflated sense of his own importance in reflecting the views of the "silent Majority". His newspaper doesn't just guide the thinking of the conservative electorate, I know for a fact that what is in the paper drives the agenda of Radio 4 Today programme and the BBC1 6 o'clock news much more than all other news media combined.

It was always a strange fact that journos read the guardian, but they pay attention to the Daily Mail. Dacre has his tentacles wrapped around an influential part of the English electorate, the aspirational working and middle classes as well as the self entitled upper middle class. That's power, that's influence right there. And all journalists fear the man who taps that power.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 02:21:28 AM EST
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