Wrongdoing by politicians always described as 'mistakes'

BBC Radio 4 (The Today Show) - 17 August 2011
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Discussing the recent revelations surrounding the News of the World scandal, Ian Katz describes the NoTW scandal as something that "dogs him [Cameron] through the course of his term in office". He suggests that people will turn around and say "how did he get it so wrong?” The 'vetting' process is blamed for David Cameron not knowing of Andy Coulson's past.

Like much discussion about wrongdoing by a high-ranking politician, the whole thing is based on the presumption that any misconduct was nothing more than a mistake. The comparison to "Tony Blair's Iraq" suggests that the mainstream does not necessarily see it as the wrong thing to do, but rather something which may have been a mistake and as a result had implications on the leader’s political career.

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