We have recently witnessed the resignation of Greg Dyke, director of the
BBC and a reporter, Andrew Gilligan, as a direct result of only managing to
report half of the facts correctly.
Now we have the imposed resignation of the editor of the Daily Mirror,
Piers Morgan, for sanctioning the publication of fabricated photographs.
Contrast this to the presentation of blatantly fake photographs of alleged
Iraqi chemical weapons laboratories to the United Nations, no less, by Colin
Powell, the American Foreign Secretary, the plaguerism of a Californian
student's 12 yr. old thesis of Iraq's chemical weapon ability by the British
intelligence agencies, the claim by Bliar, that Iraq had a capability of
launching a chemical weapon assault on the western world within 45 mins, not to
mention both Bush and Bliar's claim that Iraq had accumulated mass stocks of so
called weapons of mass destruction.
This is just a small percentage of the lies and half truths at best that
have been presented to the world by Bush, Bliar and their
representatives about the invasion of a defenceless third world
country. . These lies have been used to excuse a carpetbagging incursion to
secure control of a nation's oil supply and has any politician resigned over
this monstrous charade that has cost the lives of thousands of civilians? No, of
Stunned staff mourn loss of editor who 'told the truth'
about Iraqi abuse
Saturday May 15, 2004
Clutching pints of bitter and glasses of white wine, Daily Mirror staff
gathered last night at the bar where in the past they had celebrated their
triumphs as the shock of the sudden departure of Piers Morgan slowly hit them.
Secretaries were in tears and seasoned correspondents, who once dismissed
Morgan as a boy editor, described the scene as more like a wake than a gathering
of employees who have lost their boss.
Only hours before, Morgan had been escorted from the building by two
security guards, according to Mirror employees. Deputy editor Des Kelly has
taken over as acting editor.
Such was the speed of his exit that Morgan had no chance to pick up his
coat from the back of his chair.
His crime, colleagues said, was telling the truth.
"The management made sure they got the paper off before announcing he was
going," said one veteran journalist. "When they announced it, it was just
stunned silence. It was sepulchral. It's almost like losing a family member."
There was no sign of Morgan at Davy's wine bar in Canary Wharf, where he
would often be seen with his staff - a sign that he was an approachable editor
who had an open door policy.
As reporters clutched mobile phones to relay the news to colleagues who
were abroad on jobs or on holiday, surprise was turning to anger.
"If people think he made the decision to run those pictures in a cavalier
fashion they are entirely wrong. He had them locked in his safe for three days
and he went through soul-searching about the implications for British soldiers
in Basra if he were to use them.
"That was nothing to do with doubts over the veracity of them but about the
responsibility he felt in publishing."
Many who gathered to toast their departing editor last night had been
involved in the decision to print the pictures. "He had an open vote in
conference about whether to use them," said one journalist.
"Everyone who criticised the war has been targeted. First it was the BBC
and now Piers. Only the people who have prosecuted this war are still in place,"
said one reporter.
Many, however, admitted that when they first saw the pictures in the
newspaper they questioned their authenticity. But they defended their editor for
doing his job, in making an editorial decision to use them.
"What do you do when someone comes to you with a story? You ask for
pictures. What he's done is expose the cruelty that was going on and told the
truth. He has been kicked out by a bunch of faceless American shareholders - and
who knows who was lobbying them.
"We have had our cock-ups, yes, but he has brought in more awards for this
newspaper than anybody and raised its profile - and from someone who was
considered a boy editor he grew to become the respected head of this newspaper."
But despite the anger there was a feeling of impotence. "They're talking
about a walkout - that's not going to happen. But what we will do is make our
feelings felt internally and informally."