How many times will the Guardian have to apologise to other newspapers for telling lies? It has done so five times already. At least it has apologised each time. But only after legal action was brought against it.
- The Guardian got a story about Maurice Glasman writing for the Sun on Sunday wrong (23 Feb 2012)
- It apologised after incorrectly accusing the Sun of accessing Gordon Brown’s medical records (15 July 2011)
- The newspaper also got it wrong in claiming that a Sun reporter doorstepped a Levenson Inquiry barrister (23 Nov 2011)
- On the same day it it admitted that it was wrong over claiming that NoW journalists deleted Milly Dowler’s voice mail (23 Nov 2011)
- It quietly altered an article which falsely alleged the Sun ran a countdown on Charlotte Church reaching 16 (Jan 2011)
Each time it seems either to have followed some vendetta against other newspapers or failed to follow standard journalistic practise in checking sources or getting the subject to respond to a claim.
But then I’m sure that all the customers at the Raccoon Arms already know that Guardian is less a newspaper than the Daily Sport. You just have to read CiF to realise that the comments there are sometimes even more outlandish than the stories that appeared in the Sport.