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The danger of the This Morning ‘paedophile list’

8 November 2012

8 November 2012

The Prime Minister goes on a mid-morning talk show and is forced to respond to a list of alleged paedophiles that the presenter has taken off the internet. If you put this in a political satire, it would be dismissed as far-fetched. But that is what happened when David Cameron went on This Morning.

No-one is disputing the seriousness of the allegations involved. But does anyone really believe that the best way to uncover the truth is for the Prime Minister to be handed a list of names that a TV presenter has taken off the internet?

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Another concern about the coverage of this scandal is the terms that are being used. As no media organisation is confident enough to publicly name any living individual, we instead see suspicion being cast on whole groups of people.

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