There are few things as darkly amusing as rank hypocrisy in the media. It shouldn’t be amusing, it should be cause for annoyance and disdain. But it’s hard not to laugh with incredulity when one media organisation tries to assume moral superiority over another for behaviour it is also guilty of.
Climbing on its high horse is the Daily Mail, which is attempting to lord it over Sky News because the channel removed a story about a deal between Bernie Ecclestone, F1’s chief executive, Red Bull and Ferrari. The headline is unambiguous.
As the saying goes, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
If there were sound effects accompanying the Daily Mail piece it would be the cacophany of window panes smashing to pieces under a barrage of rocks, for this blog recently caught the Daily Mail removing a significant story from its website without explanation. What started out as a piece about Guardian journo David Leigh engaging in phone hacking (screenshot below)…
silently and quickly became this and remains such to this day…
The difference with the Sky News case is that the Mail has not explained from where the pressure came to spike the David Leigh story they removed. One rule for friends and one for competitors?
Perhaps the Sky News website should reciprocate with a story titled, ‘How Dacre’s empire works: Unnamed Daily Mail editor orders David Leigh phone hacking story to be removed from Daily Mail website after upsetting Guardian journaist pal.’