It was the story that changed the phone hacking affair, and resulted in the shutting of a newspaper, and the loss of 300 journalist jobs:
Except today the story bylined to phonehacking hero Nick Davies and his colleague Amelia Hill has a rather interesting footnote added to it:
The Guardian got a crucial bit of this key story wrong. Not only that, but they are are hardly making a big deal about apologising for the fact. To have made such an error, and then think a footnote apology is good enough, is not only rather pathetic from the Guardian, but the height of hypocrisy. This is the paper that has been crusading for higher standards from the evil tabloid press remember, and they would not accept these kind of actions from anyone else.
Head of Media Dan Sabbagh has been quick to point out that Milly Dowler’s phone was still hacked, an undoubtedly despicable act, but that the police mistakenly thought that the messages that gave her parents false hope were deleted by people working for the News of the World. The Guardian are shifting the blame onto the police that they have consistently run stories criticising and fought with, yet still decided to believe when running this story.
Those people who have tied themselves so tightly to the anti-tabloid and anti-Murdoch agenda pursued during the phone hacking saga are determinedly treading water, saying that hacking the phone is bad enough. They have only a partial point. The Guardian should not be exempted from the high standards they are demanding from others.
The Guardian have set themselves up as the moral high ground for all media, but this error shows just how misguided and dangerous that is.