Why will no-one tell the truth about News of the World phone hacking?

Well they just won’t will they?

Here’s Roy Greenslade’s account from the Guardian today and he knows whereof he speaks because he used to be a senior editorial executive on the Sun (also, like the News of the World owned by News international and ultimately News Corporation) and was then editor of tabloid rival the Daily Mirror.

And it’s devastatingly obvious that News Corporation executives have been lying through their teeth for years about all this, that the Metropolitan Police has been running around in circles trying to protect its friends at News rather than doing its job (detecting crime and protecting the public) and that sundry politicians have been more intent on currying favour with Rupert Murdoch’s mighty news organisation (yes, that means you David Cameron and also your predecessor Tony Blair) than upholding standards in public life.

The News of the World is bang to rights over phone hacking. Half the news desk was at it, one-time editor Andy Coulson (latterly David Cameron’s director of communications) surely knew about it and much of the rest of Fleet Street was at it too. It was never difficult to hack into someone’s voicemail. The hacks’ best defence is probably that they didn’t know it was illegal. Some of them probably didn’t.

But this is a rare case of the British establishment and the media both being caught with their pants down at the same time. Usually it’s the latter exposing the former.

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.