Tim Walker and ‘ethics’ at the Telegraph

By Simon Round, September 26, 2008

Here is a question for Telegraph editor Will Lewis. What does it say about your diarist Tim Walker's professional standards that, once again, we find his column printing original JC material unattributed, as if it were his own? The latest example has Walker quoting Lord Levy as saying that David Miliband "doesn't have the gravitas or the stature to be a great leader of the Labour Party. But talk to me in 10 years' time...", and so on.

Exactly, to the word, readers will recall, as the JC reported on Friday. Could Walker explain how he made such an unfortunate, no doubt accidental, ethical lapse? "Tire-some," Walker struts when we call. "I can't be bothered with this."

Your view, Mr Lewis?

Last updated: 11:28am, September 24 2008


Tim Walker

Sun, 11/30/2008 - 20:45

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I note with interest that the Jewish Chronicle lifted without attribution - printing the story as "if it were its own" - Mandrake's exclusive about Lord Levy's rabbi taking exception to the overt anti-Semitism in David Hare's play Gethsemane. The quotes you used, Mandrake readers will recall, are word for word as they appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Could the Editor of the JC explain how he made such an unfortunate and no doubt accidental ethical lapse? What does this say about the JC's professional standards? Huff, huff, etc.