The BBC should be relishing this one, considering the way Whittingdale has been attacking the Corporation.

But, perversely, reporters are doing their best to help the Minister responsible for attacking them.

“It’s a story which you imagine most tabloid newspapers would be licking their lips to publish – and many people will find it curious that they chose not to do so,” writes deputy political editor Norman Smith.

“It’s quite possible that in the new climate after the Leveson Inquiry newspapers just thought ‘no way are we going anywhere near this’.”

Nonsense! This gives them control over Whittingdale, ensuring that the “new climate after the Leveson Inquiry” will not affect them.

Smith continues: “I suppose the irony here is that privacy campaigners are attacking the press now for, as it were, doing the right thing and not publishing a story about a man’s private life.”

No – the irony here is that the BBC is defending a man who wants to kill it.

Labour has called for Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to withdraw from press regulation decisions after news of his relationship with a sex worker.

Four newspapers knew about the relationship, which ended in 2014, but decided not to publish the story.

Shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle said it had left him “vulnerable” to pressure from the press.

Mr Whittingdale, who said he had not known she was a sex worker, said it had not affected any of his decisions.

Downing Street said Mr Whittingdale was “a single man entitled to a private life” and had the full confidence of the prime minister.

As culture secretary, Mr Whittingdale’s job is to regulate newspapers and he is currently overseeing a whole new regulatory framework under consideration in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

Ms Eagle said the Conservative minister should “recuse” himself from any further involvement in decisions relating to the inquiry.

Source: Labour calls to curb John Whittingdale’s powers after escort relationship – BBC News

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