Today’s piece by Tony Parsons in the Mirror may come across as a reasonable plea. I’m sure that every newspaper has had its good campaigns over the years. Newspapers may well have embarrassed MPs, public servants and high flying businessmen. (Though let’s be honest, the only time I’m interested in who a politician or public servant is having sex with is when they are a hypocrite. A typical example is the committed voice against equal marriage who is discovered to be having carnal pleasures which demonstrate their hypocrisy. I don’t care if people are polyamorous, kinky, asexual or any other label provided that they are not hypocrites.)
But newspapers have also harrassed, demeaned and offended innocent people who have committed no crime. Newspapers have hacked into the voicemails of politicians, sportspeople and anyone who found themselves in the spotlight, propragating the vile myth of “celebrity gossip”.
Newspapers should have spent their time and resources investigating the corruption in and obscene wasting of money by local councils. That’s where the real stories are. Newspapers could have been forces for good in the community. But they haven’t been.
The total lack of ethics of the tabloid press and the repeated gutlessness of the Press Complaints Commission in refusing to properly police newspapers’ conduct was going to have consequences sooner or later. That has now come to pass. Jane Fae writes how this is the fault of the press themselves. It isn’t rocket science to see why.