Remember Jon Stewart’s epic dismantling of Crossfire hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson?
Well, this is like that, only better. It’s from a broadcast a week ago of BBC2’s Newsnight program. Paul McMullan, a former editor and writer at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World, attempts to defend the morality of tapping phone messages.
Greg Dyke, former head of the BBC, and comedian Steve Coogan are having none of it, and proceed to dissect McMullan on national TV. My instinct would usually be to side with a fellow journalist, but the baloney this guy spews makes that impossible. Along the way, McMullan reveals just how cavalier he and his colleagues had become about invasions of privacy.
– Jay Bookman