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Complainant Name:
Sir Peregrine Worsthorne

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Spectator

Complaint:

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne complained about the way in which the magazine had edited a review he had written of Stephen Robinson’s recent biography of Lord Deedes. His review as originally submitted made reference to an occasion when Lord Deedes described the Barclay brothers as a ‘stinking mob’. Prior to publication, however, the reference had been edited against his wishes to the effect that Lord Deedes’ description had been in relation to ‘colleagues’. This change, said the complainant, rendered his piece misleading.

Resolution:

In its next edition, the magazine carried a letter from Stephen Robinson, which clarified the situation. Following the complaint to the PCC, it agreed to run a further correction, which read:

“In our issue of March 22, we published a review by Sir Peregrine Worsthorne of Stephen Robinson's biography of Lord Deedes. The review was edited, against Sir Peregrine's wishes, leaving the reader with the incorrect impression that Lord Deedes had called his colleagues a "stinking mob". We carried a letter by Stephen Robinson on March 29 making clear that, in fact, Lord Deedes was referring specifically to the management of the company when he used this expression. We would like to apologise further to Sir Peregrine for the error.”

Report: 77



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