“But the point is, we did know..”

Following Mick’s reference to Samizdata’s Brian Micklethwaite’s post I found another post by Brian on Alice Miles’ article in The Times that might resonate with how our five-day old story is now getting wider coverage. [Too well-behaved? – Ed] Indeed. From the Times article

The keys to the system are held by journalists. It is only through the collusion of journalists that underhand and anonymous attacks on political colleagues can have any effect. The media are all chorusing now: we knew, we called him McNasty and McPoison, we had nothing to do with him, he sent us foul messages, we didn’t like him. But the point is, we did know. We may not have known the detail of the nasty smears about senior Conservatives that Mr McBride was dreaming up, but we knew about the smears against his own side. We knew what he was up to, and we knew that he was being paid more than £100,000 a year of public money to do it – and we did nothing to stop it.

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  • alan56

    Bit of shoot the messenger syndrome there. Sure journalists have contacts and indeed they are engaged in a ‘delicate dance’ with political operatives like McBride. Thats often how they get a feel for what is happening in the undergrowth. Are you seriously saying that journalists should ignore people like McBride, and do you really think it would change anything? I know the old story of the journo and politician, the dog and lamp-post but could never really decide who was who.