After seeing a photo of MP Chris Huhne being practically assaulted by the press upon arrival at court for his sentencing, Dalrymple has second thoughts about his earlier article on Huhne:
Here it is worth recalling that, though Mr Huhne had undoubtedly done wrong, the wrong that he had done does not rank very high on the scale of possible human wickedness. No one could possibly say that he had not already suffered enough as a consequence of his wrongdoing (it was virtually certain at the time that the lens was pushed into his face that he would be sent to prison); and no man deserves to be humiliated publicly in this kangaroo-court fashion. One feels besmirched by being a member of a public that is served in this way by its press, supposedly in response to its insatiable demand for sensation.
“One feels besmirched by being a member of a public that is served in this way by its press,”
I read the Picture of Dorian Gray recently for the first time, I got the feeling that Lord Henry runs %80 perhaps %90 percent of todays media; the patron saint of media as it now is.