With all the hoo-ha about the Daily Telegraph reporters pretending to be constituents and taping the indiscretions of LibDem MPs, what galls me is the hypocrisy of the media.

By coincidence, I have been trying to contact the editor of the Spectrum section of the Sunday Times magazine and emailed News International to see if they could help. The reply stated that: “we are not permitted, due to data protection, to pass on individual email addresses.”

I’m no expert, but I doubt that email addresses are covered by the Data Protection Act as it is professional, rather than personal information, but I rang the main switchboard as suggested.

It was automated, of course, and the recorded message announced that it was “company policy” not issue individual email addresses or extension numbers and we shouldn’t embarrass the operator by asking for them.

My point is that the media is rabidly pro-accountability except when it comes to their own staff which is a tad ironic.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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