Sun Reprots On Guardian Writer David Leigh’s Phone Hacking But Overlooks Shafting Legal Charlotte Church
SOME news indeed that Guardian journalist David Leigh – the paper’s investigations editor – had told the Leveson inquiry into media standards of the “voyeuristic thrill” from listening to a hacked phone message.
As he once wrote:
“I too once listened to the mobile phone messages of a corrupt arms company executive, the crime similar to that for which Goodman [News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2006 for phone hacking] Goodman now faces the prospect of jail. The trick was a simple one: The businessman in question had inadvertently left his pin code on a print-out and all that was needed was to dial straight into his voicemail. There is certainly a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages.
“But, unlike Goodman, I was not interested in witless tittle-tattle about the royal family. I was looking for evidence of bribery and corruption.”
How great it must be to always be a goody. One wonders what Leigh would say if a hacked Royal phone divulged details of an arms deals steeped in corruption? Are the Royal Family and their dealings less worthy of hacking?
The Sun reports Leigh’s confession. And right that it should. It’s just funny that the Sun choses not to mention the news of Charlotte Church telling the inquiry she was advised to waive a £100,000 fee to perform at Rupert Murdoch’s wedding to Wendi Deng, and Church’s upset at being the subject of a Countdown clock to her 16th birthday. Wonder why?
Such are the facts.