When it comes to maintaining a free press, there's no such thing as black and white.
Today, of all days, it's especially easy to make mincemeat out of the nation's dissembling hacks. The Commons' culture, media and sport committee has published a report laying, in no uncertain terms, into large swathes of the press for their slapdash approach.
It's now clear tabloid journalists dispatched to Portugal to cover the disappearance of Madeleine McCann spent far too much time exaggerating the importance of even the most tenuous rumours. The end effect was irresponsible and nauseating. The media frenzy which followed led to what MPs called "inexcusable lowering of press standards".
Then we come to the Guardian's allegations about the culture of phone-tapping at the News of the World red-top. Claims that wrongdoing spread far beyond the two men jailed have never quite been established, but it's clear which side of the divide MPs writing today's report are on. Barbed commentsRead More »from We can’t be trusted? Neither can you