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John Rentoul

mos 300x218 The environmentally friendly Daily MailFurther to my post this morning about the Daily Mail’s contemptible use of a conspiracy theory as a front-page news story, a correspondent draws my attention to another story in a rival publication, namely the Mail on Sunday, two years ago (right).

It was entitled “David Kelly’s closest female confidante on why he COULDN’T have killed himself“.  It was the same story as the Mail’s today – the new element being that its source Mai Pederson has written a letter to Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, repeating her conspiracy theory.

New to me, at least, was also the sheer offensiveness of the insinuation noted by David Aaronovitch that Tony Blair and Janice Kelly lied to the Hutton inquiry:

Witnesses, who included Dr Kelly’s widow, Janice, and Tony Blair, were not questioned under oath.

I am confident that Grieve will tell Pederson and the Mail newspapers what they can do with their endlessly and tastelessly recycled gutter journalism.

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  • a_no_n

    You should see the stuff their empire of smaller papers are pulling.

    You worry about the big paper when it’s all their little local paper side projects which do the real damage below the radar unchecked and unabashed (the group which operate under the ‘thisis’ prefix online being the worst and most constant offenders)

  • a_no_n

    You should see the stuff their empire of smaller papers are pulling.

    You worry about the big paper when it's all their little local paper side projects which do the real damage below the radar unchecked and unabashed (the group which operate under the 'thisis' prefix online being the worst and most constant offenders)

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