Adam Lovejoy reports from Fleet Street, London: You know that something is very wrong in Britain when some hacks support a suggestion that they should be regulated by statutory procedure. It sounds crazy really, but the proposal by Lord Leveson to introduce a new regulatory body that would be underpinned by legislation and basically have the right to enforce huge fines and even send hacks to prison has the support of some of the people working in the media, at the BBC and some liberal rags, for example.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who laughably initiated the bizarre Leveson inquiry to investigate phone hacking in the News of the World, now positions himself as some crusader for the freedom of the press, rejecting the idea of a statutory control over it. Mr Cameron seems to be missing the irony of the situation: he himself picked the man who is now causing all the hassle. Although to be honest it was pretty clear from the first weeks of the Leveson inquiry that his lordship couldn’t tell his arse from his elbow when it came to understanding how the press worked. He actually allowed celebrities to hijack the proceedings and come up with the most appalling drivel imaginable. Sad pathetic nonentities, who became famous thanks to the press covering them, actually accused it of intrusion into their sad pathetic lives. And Lord Leveson & Co bought all this and included all that drivel into their recommendations.
The fact of the matter is that phone hacking by journalists was presented by the Leveson inquiry as a bad thing. It’s not. It’s actually the only way that journalists can uncover conspiracies in the corridors of power, nail corrupt politicians and big businessmen and bankers, reveal the links between organised crimes and officials and investigate bent judges and crooked cops. You can’t really expect hacks to uncover wrongdoings by the rich and the powerful using traditional methods of gathering information. It does not work like that in the real world. Lord Leveson should have made a clear distinction between opportunistic phone hacking, for the sake of getting an exclusive that doesn’t really warrant public interest, and gathering information that actually protects that very public.
The reason why celebs and the leftie liberals are so keen on pushing through Lord Leveson’s recommendations is that they want to be able to control the media to such an extent that they’d be able to dictate to it what to report and what not. This is a typical liberal trick: bang on about the importance of freedom of the press while gradually strangle it to a point when it becomes totally manageable. The one thing that is important to remember here is this: liberalism has always been the main enemy of freedom while pretending to be its best friend. Liberals are drenched in blood up to their armpits, having been behind some of the bloodiest events in history. And that’s not even counting the aborted babies.
The latest in the line of lefties to voice its support for the Leveson report is writer JK Rowling. She is the woman who had benefitted from the coverage in the press to such an extent that her poorly-written books sold in hundreds of millions. And now she is complaining about press intrusion. How hypocritical is that?
The British press is already being strangled by political correctness, that hideous form of censorship that has developed over the past couple of decades. To add more control would reduce the press in Britain to an irrelevance. But that is exactly what lefties want, the fascists that they are.