David Hencke made misleading statement – was economical with truth – lied

Guardian lobby correspondent lies in articles and witness statement to create false impression of ethical journalism shock!!

Introduction to Guardian Lie No.1

The Guardian‘s Westminster correspondent DAVID HENCKE claimed repeatedly that he gave all three of the accused parties in his original ‘cash for questions’ article of 20 October 1994 an opportunity to comment prior to its publication.
    This is a deliberate, calculated falsehood.  In fact, it was late in the afternoon on the very eve of publication that Hencke faxed lobbyist Ian Greer and the Tory MPs Tim Smith & Neil Hamilton, whom Hencke accused Greer of bribing.  All three faxes contained only an obscure invitation to comment on their “association with Al-Fayed” for a story that Hencke said he was “working on”.  There was no inkling that any article was about to be published, still less that an article would be published alleging corruption.
    In the event Ian Greer replied minutes later, offering his co-operation and inviting Hencke to contact him the next day during normal office hours.  Hencke ignored Greer’s offer of co-operation.
    In his articles and subsequent witness statement Hencke claimed that Greer had responded by stating: “these allegations are wholly and totally untrue” and by “threatening legal action”.  However, contrary to the impression given, neither Hencke nor anyone else from The Guardian had given Greer a chance to comment prior to the story appearing in the paper’s first editions.


‘Dear Mr Greer,
I am approaching you by fax to make sure that my enquiry is drawn to your attention.
I am working on the story of your association with Mr Al-Fayed in the Harrods campaign against Lonrho.  I have many of the documents involved in that campaign.  If you would like to comment I can be reached on 071-239-9716 or by fax on 071-239-9997.’

The complete wording of David Hencke’s fax to lobbyist Ian Greer, sent at 4.16pm on the eve of publication of Hencke’s ‘cash for questions’ story of 20 October 1994 alleging that Greer bribed MPs.  Hencke’s fax contains no inkling of the article’s imminent publication or its defamatory nature.  Hencke sent a similar fax to Tim Smith and Neil Hamilton at the same time.  Hamilton received his an hour later at 5.30pm.

‘We received your fax at 16.16 hours and have given attention to it.
We will certainly consider a response to any questions which you wish to fax to us.  We would obviously expect to hear from you during normal office hours (9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.).’

Ian Greer’s polite and accommodating response to Hencke’s vague fax, which Greer faxed back to The Guardian a few minutes later.

‘Mr Greer said last night: “These allegations are wholly and totally untrue.” Neither Mr Hamilton nor Mr Smith responded to an invitation to comment.’

Extract from David Hencke’s article, which went to press that evening.  Hencke’s ‘quotation’ of Greer actually came from the Press Association, after Greer issued a statement following the Guardians’ first edition hitting the newsstands.  In fact The Guardian had not put any allegations to Greer prior to the story rolling of the presses.  However, the inclusion of Greer’s denial creates the false impression that The Guardian must, therefore, have given Greer prior notice of the nature of its article and its imminent publication.
      David Hencke’s suggestion that Hamilton and Smith were given an opportunity to comment is also false as there was no inkling in their faxes either of the imminence and nature of the story.

‘On Wednesday afternoon The Guardian put the allegations to Messrs Greer, Smith and Hamilton.  Only Mr Greer responded by denying them and threatening legal action.’

Taken from another article by Hencke, published six days later on 26 October 1994, in which  Hencke describes the events prior to the publication of his ‘cash for questions’ story.  Hencke repeats the lies that a) he had given Greer, Hamilton and Smith proper warning of the story’s publication and its defamatory nature; and b) Greer had responded by threatening legal action.

‘Peter Preston and I thought that we should send a short fax to Ian Greer, Neil Hamilton and Tim Smith to let them know that we intended publishing an article about them the next day.’  ‘Only Ian Greer replied.  I recollect that the only thing he said in his reply really was that he would sue.’

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  3. Uk jurno caught lying, shock horror.
    Would think you would know they all lie through there teeth and get paid vey well to do so.

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