On a day of a million conspiracy theories here is another one for the cynical and the jaded to chew over. Pinch me hard but am I the only one to notice a classic example of news management today.
The much hyped news event of the last few weeks has been the speculation about the contents of Lord Stevens’s official report into the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. The press conference has been telegraphed and the world media has been salivating at shoving pictures of Diana on every front page. The iconographic woman still has the power to sell papers ten years after her death. So I suggest it was a good day to bury bad news. Slap bang in the middle of two press conferences the first at 12, when Stevens faced the cameras. The second at three when Mohamed Al Fayed responded to the Paget report the news broke that the police questioned Tony Blair on Thursday investigating allegations into loans
Blair’s office confirmed as news crews gathered at Harrods and QEH conference centre that the PM had been interviewed as a witness, not a suspect. Coincidence or a clever ploy to disperse the spillage?
The newspaper and TV bulletins are already gorging on the horror of a ripper on the loose in Ipswich.
Not a bad time to out the news that the PM was questioned by the fuzz. Blair popularity has plunged to floor of a Pacific trench. How can we forget his heartfelt speech on the day after the Princess’s death? It seems an age away from the current image, of a broken premier limping off into the sunset . I am sure his supporters are doing all they can to launder the news in the little time that is left at Number Ten
Some might argue that news management is clever opportunism or a strategically planned campaign to distraction and deflect like a Las Vegas illusionist. The advance knowledge that the world’s media would
be devouring the Stevens report provided the perfect cover to hide in the shadows of two strutting behemoths. But then again, maybe this is just another conspiracy theory constructed to double bluff.