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Sunday, 29 January 2006

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Andy

Another UK Murdoch "rag" is the News of the World - a Sunday tabloid. This paper was also "at it" a week ago when they "revealed" that Mark Oaten, a Liberal Democrat MP who was also running for the political party's leadership, had been "dallying" with a London rent boy contacted initially through the Gaydar website.

The initial revelations by The Sun that Simon Hughes was gay suggest that the information confirming the long-suspected question of his sexuality reached the reporters via a gay telephone chat line.

All this, Murdoch's editors will say, was "in the public interest" which is a tabloid euphemism for "it will sell papers".

There is an interesting article on the "ethics" of this sort of so-called "journalism" in The Guardian - The Right To Unleash the Lions at http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,,1697640,00.html

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