TV camera catches Cameron spin doctor bollocking BBC news man
Conservative head of press reads the Riot Act to Norman Smith over report linking the PM, Hunt and the Murdochs
WHILE most eyes in the Westminster village are on Tony Blair's appearance at the Leveson inquiry, Guido Fawkes has pulled off a fantastic scoop with a five-minute video of Craig Oliver, Andy Coulson's successor as Tory press chief, trying to give BBC man Norman Smith a bollocking over a recent story linking the PM, Jeremy Hunt and the Murdochs.
Cameron's communications man takes the politics correspondent to task in Downing Street, with the famous black door of No 10 just out of shot. Smith, who is possessed by a fit of coughing during the dressing-down, fights his corner well and after Oliver storms off at the end saying, "I rest my case," Smith wearily says, "Oh dear," and makes a face to the camera.
The video, which was surely passed on by a BBC source amused by Oliver's somewhat wimpish attempt to bully Smith, gives an excellent insight into the world of how politicians seek to impose their will on the media - which given that Mr Blair, the so-called arch manipulator, is back on our screens today feels quite apt.