A new day and another new scandal involving the news (sic) gathering tactics employed by one of the UK’s biggest selling newspapers.
I’m no longer surprised at each new revelation, in fact I’m probably more shocked that it has taken so long for the full extent of the phone hacking and whatever other shady scheming certain titles and journalists have used to become public knowledge.
We have some diligent and committed campaigning from the likes of Tom Watson MP, some proper investigative journalism from those at publications like The Guardian and above all the supreme arrogance of those responsible for the scandal for the fact that the truth is now coming out in more of a torrent than the drip, drip, drip of recent years.
It is shameful. It requires decisive action. It demands a massive culture change, both within the industry and from those who support it by placing adverts or simply buying copies of such newspapers.
The News of the World and the News International group are not alone in such practices. They’ve just been the most arrogant and sloppy to have got caught so far.
And I can’t help thinking that good journalism will ultimately save the profession from itself.
It is rare for me to applaud opinion pieces that appear in the likes of the Daily Telegraph, or from particular writers. But Peter Oborne has arguably written two of the best articles to date on the whole scandal.
It is also worth reading the Daily Mash’s take on the scandal. A very different style of writing and journalism, perhaps, but one that still strikes the right chord.
The profession I first joined more than 20 years ago has undoubtedly changed beyond recognition in that time. A lot of those changes depress me on a daily basis.
But some things don’t change – Britain still produces some of the best journalism and journalists.