Telegraph smears Clegg. Again. (Y’know, I’ve a sneaky feeling they don’t like him.)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2012

Here’s today’s comically skewed headline from the Torygraph:

Nick Clegg wants to let MPs keep family fortunes under wraps

Though you wouldn’t guess it from the headline or the story, what Nick Clegg was actually saying was simple enough: he thinks MPs as public servants should have to be transparent about their financial affairs, but he doesn’t think their family members, as private citizens, should have to publish details of their salaries and any other wealth. Which seems fair enough to me.

But then the Telegraph has a proven track record when it comes to having a pop at the Lib Dem leader. Indeed today’s paper refers to Nick having ‘faced financial scrutiny during the last general election in 2010′… without mentioning that it was the Telegraph’s own smear story that was proven to be false. And then there was this story, with its shabbily inaccurate insinuations that Nick somehow couldn’t cope with the stresses and strains of being Deputy Prime Minister.

In its defence, the Telegraph doesn’t always target Nick Clegg — sometimes it has to apologise to oher Lib Dems for telling porkies as well.

Still, playing the man not the ball is always more fun, and very much in the tradition of British journalism.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.

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5 comments

New post by me: Telegraph smears Clegg. Again. (Y’know, I’ve a sneaky feeling they don’t like him.) http://t.co/ibUqLHHM

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2012 at 10:16 am. Reply #

New post by me: Telegraph smears Clegg. Again. (Y’know, I’ve a sneaky feeling they don’t like him.) http://t.co/ibUqLHHM

by Tab on April 12, 2012 at 10:57 am. Reply #

New post by me: Telegraph smears Clegg. Again. (Y’know, I’ve a sneaky feeling they don’t like him.) http://t.co/ibUqLHHM

by John Ashton on April 12, 2012 at 11:02 am. Reply #

From me this morning > 'Telegraph smears Clegg. Again. (Y’know, I’ve a sneaky feeling they don’t like him.)' http://t.co/ibUqLHHM

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm. Reply #

@JamesWThurston @libdemvoice With hon exceptn of James Kirkup, I think T/grph journalism is v sub-std – eg: http://t.co/GKKrQbZg

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2012 at 1:00 am. Reply #

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