Unsubstantiated Spin

SpinBernard Ingham believed that the world would be a better place without spin doctors and I guess he would know. Despite his blunt, plain-speaking Yorkshire persona, he was one of the great exponents of this political black art.

He has a point though and certain politicians, public servants and media magnates might well agree with him this morning. But just how good has the spin been over the phone hacking scandal?

We have a Prime Minister who is a former PR professional and who employed Andy Coulson as a highly paid adviser because of the latter’s supposed communications skills.

Sir Paul Stephenson quits as Metropolitan Police Commissioner because he also employed a former News of the World editor as his personal PR guru, while James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks have the supposed communication skills of the global News Corp behind them.

So why did they make such a bloody pig’s ear of the public relations on this issue? That is a major question mark against the competence of all those involved up to, and including, David Cameron.

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 18th July 2011

    Arrogance. The privilege of the powerful. Think BP oil spill last year, e.g.

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  • Jay from The Depp Effect 19th July 2011

    I have to agree, sadly. Arrogance. They have little opinion of our intelligence and probably thought that we’d forget about it pretty quickly. Just another ‘gutter press’ scandal.

    Also I wonder whether the fact that it’s Rupert Murdoch has made them want to tread more lightly. He had so many people in high places in his pocket and even now probably does wield a fair amount of power. Think about it: if you control the media (newspapers AND television) what politician is going to rock your boat?

    Oh yeah, and spin? Could there possibly be a good complexion to put on this disgraceful episode?

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  • Mr Parrot 19th July 2011

    I agree that this was never going to look good, but if News Corp had been smart, they would have tipped everything on the table at once and take one big PR hit instead of prolonging the agony.

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