Brendan O’Neill: Media behaved like a ‘pack of wolves’

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Columnist Brendan O’Neill has lambasted the media for its reporting of the Dominic Cummings controversy as he defended the Downing Street aide.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Spiked Online editor said Mr Cummings had been subjected to an “absolutely psychotic” response to his alleged lockdown breach.

Mr O’Neill said the Prime Minister’s chief adviser had “been through hell”, referring to his illness with Covid-19, a death in his family and the throng of journalists and activists outside his London home.

He said: “People have turned up outside his house...with no regard whatsoever for the young child inside the house, there’s been graffiti on his street, people have been shouting at him.

“That was an unpleasant experience and then what happens at the press conference, the media hears all this and just carries on barking the same questions again and again.

“I think a lot of people will have watched that press conference and thought, Cummings actually looked okay, the media looked like a pack of wolves.”

Julia challenged that Mr Cummings was “putting on a performance” in order to keep his top job.

The briefing, which took place in the Downing Street garden, was an unprecedented move since political aides do not usually publicly address controversy.

Mr Cummings resisted calls to resign from his post and did not apologise for driving 260 miles from London to County Durham during coronavirus lockdown.

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