After my comments yesterday about the determined attack on the Liberal Democrats coming from the right just as much as from the left, the scale of the moral rot at the Daily Telegraph becomes a little more shocking every day.
After the theft of confidential information which exploded the MPs expenses scandal- which was illegal, but where prosecution was not undertaken, because the story was deemed to be in the public interest- the Telegraph got two of its associates to pose as constituents in order to gain private comments from Vince Cable about the coalition.
It now appears that the newspaper then tried to suppress the most incendiary comments- about Rupert Murdoch- because the views that Dr. Cable was expressing were in the commercial interests of the Barclay brothers- the secretive tax exile proprietors of... the Daily Telegraph.
OK, so Robert Peston then leaked the real story, but it seems pretty clear that the Telegraph should be facing some very real questions about their own journalistic ethics. The Independent explains the whole story here.
If journalists are going to use underhand methods to gain a story, they are already sailing close to the wind. The Telegraph has- it seems now- quite clearly crossed a line. The Press Council should now be taking a look at this- the Telegraph has thrown quite enough mud gained in highly questionable ways over the last year- it is time that they were called to account.