The press is always at its ugly worst when it is reporting on issues which affect its own interests.  Its self-image as a fearless crusader, speaking truth to power, is put to one side as it spins and distorts in accordance with the wishes of its proprietors.   A majority of the population supports statutory regulation of the press as does the National Union of Journalists.  The proprietors fear that this will also be the view of Lord Justice Leveson.   And, just in case it is, they are getting their retaliation in first. Continue reading