With hindsight, it would have been better for the Torygraph to have contacted Sturgeon and the French Ambassador. A note that they had denied the contents of the memo would not have detracted from the story.
In fact, in the eyes of many, it might have strengthened the case.
Ms Sturgeon is quoted as saying that later events proved the contents of the memo to be untrue, and this is not the case.
She certainly said they were, as did the French Ambassador, but a Parliamentary investigation found that the civil service who had written the memo had an impeccable record of honesty – whereas they are politicians.
We’ll probably find out the facts after they’re dead, or have retired from politics.
It is certainly to be hoped that Ms Sturgeon did not want David Cameron to win the 2015 general election. Considering his performance since, that would indicate an apocalyptic lapse of judgement and the possibility of getting Scottish independence out of it would not balance the damage that he has caused.
The press watchdog has upheld a complaint from Nicola Sturgeon over a report based on a leaked memo that claimed she secretly wanted David Cameron to win May’s general election.
The story, published on the front page of The Daily Telegraph on April 4 under the headline “Sturgeon’s secret backing for Cameron”, also claimed that the First Minister had told the French Ambassador that she did not think Ed Miliband was Prime Minister material.
Ms Sturgeon today said the ruling was a “victory for truth” and accused the newspaper of “failing to carry out the most elementary of journalistic checks and balances”.
IPSO, which published its judgement today, found that the newspaper had been within its rights to report the contents of the memo, which it was subsequently found was leaked with the authorisation of the then-Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael.
However, it did not contact the First Minister or the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann, to verify its accuracy ahead of publication. As a result, the article was “significantly misleading”.
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