UK PM Cameron defends ill-fated Andy Coulson hireReported by SeattlePI.com on Thursday, 14 June 2012 (on June 14, 2012)
UK PM Cameron defends ill-fated Andy Coulson hire
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Updated 06:41 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday defended his ill-fated decision to make disgraced tabloid editor Andy Coulson his communications director, even though Coulson had already been tarnished in the phone hacking scandal. Cameron said he had received assurances that Coulson was not involved in phone hacking — but those proved hollow when Coulson was forced to resign from his senior government post last year after new revelations about widespread wrongdoing at his newspaper. Cameron's decision to bring Coulson into his inner circle has left the prime minister open to questions about his judgment in choosing a man who was already linked to the phone hacking scandal. The prime minister has faced criticism for the way his government handled Murdoch's bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting, a lucrative satellite broadcaster in which it already had a 39 percent stake. In his testimony, Cameron spelled out his media strategy when he became Conservative Party leader, saying he tried to "win back" newspapers that had traditionally backed his party but had been successfully wooed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Labour Party.
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