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How to respond to bad media coverage
25/03/2013 14:13:00


Just seen the following on PA from the Mayor of London:

Boris Johnson today said broadcaster Eddie Mair had done a "splendid job" during an interview in which the Mayor of London was grilled over his "integrity", including suggestions he had lied about having an extra-marital affair.

In the interview with Mr Mair on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday a clearly uncomfortable Mr Johnson was forced to deny being a "nasty piece of work'' and refused to discuss allegations about his private life.

Speaking in London today, Mr Johnson said: "Eddie Mair did a splendid job. There is no doubt that is what the BBC is for - holding us to account.

"I fully concede it wasn't my most blistering performance, but that was basically because I was set to talk about the Olympics and housing in London and he wanted to talk about other things, some of them - my private life and so on - of quite some antiquity, the details of which I wasn't brilliant on.

"He was perfectly within his rights to have a bash at me - in fact it would have been shocking if he hadn't. If a BBC presenter can't attack a nasty Tory politician what's the world coming to?"

A lesson for all politicians in how to respond to bad media coverage...

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On 26/03/2013 14:44:00 Jim wrote:
Yep. Pity he's not the PM.



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