NOTHING TRUMPS TRUTH
This may surprise you, but we journalists frequently face excruciating dilemmas which severely test our moral compasses.
I imagine it was so for writer Isabel Oakeshott when she obtained the confidential emails written by Kim Darroch essentially calling Donald Trump a tw*t.
It was clearly in the public interest to reveal what our US envoy really thought of his American host.
But was that trumped (sorry!) by the undoubted damage it would cause to the national interest? With a thin-skinned tw*t like Trump this was always going to lead to tw*ttish tweets by the President and jeopardise a valuable post-Brexit free trade deal with America.
Knowing this, Isabel would have agonised long and hard over whether to publish.
As I would have done in her shoes.
But the truth is almost always better out than in.
And despite the damage this might have caused to the special relationship, it’s the duty of a free press to publish and be damned. In 1986, then Daily Telegraph publisher Conrad Black hired Max Hastings who, as editor, hired Boris Johnson in 1988. Max is not nice about Boris. Baron Black says Hastings “is an ill-tempered snob with a short attention span... a coward and a flake”.
He also says Johnson “was capable, successful and reliable... a pleasant man”.
Black served 37 months for fraud. He was pardoned in May. By Donald Trump. Make your own judgement.