It has been a week of headlines based around Fox puns, but as David Cameron’s defence secretary fights for his political life, it was the PM himself who came under fire in the biggest media story of the last seven days.
An extraordinarily colourful attack on Cameron was launched by former editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie who accused him of arse kissing Rupert Murdoch.
MacKenzie managed to turn the Leveson Inquiry from a mild mannered, sober examination of media behaviour into huge headlines in his defence of newspapers.
And he wasn’t the only big hitting newspaper man throwing punches in defence of the industry.
Daily Mail editor in chief Paul Dacre’s lecture on the regulation of the press won support as he said journalists are “indisputably better behaved” now than when he started working.
For Rupert Murdoch the headlines went from bad to worse – this is really a year to forget. In the US one of his top executives resigned from the Wall Street Journal over a breach of ethics, reported The Guardian.
In the TV world Eamonn Holmes was forced into making an on air apology after calling one of his fellow hosts “retarded”.
Holmes, 51, mocked guest presenter Jonathan Wilkes on This Morning after he said he was not very knowledgeable about the UK’s geography.
The incident – which was laughed about on air – occurred during a newspaper review section of the show.
It seems BBC presenter Emily Maitlis has chosen to rise above the whole David Starkey incident.
He called her work on Newsnight a “disgrace”, but she decided to ignore his goading and described his comments as a “compliment”.
And finally, when Twitter goes wrong, it goes really wrong, as Daily Telegraph foreign correspondent Rob Crilly now knows.
went ballistic after his copy was apparently changed by an editor.
He tweeted Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher saying: “Neville Dean has twisted my copy beyond all recognition. I want you to sack him.”
The comments were picked up by the Telegraph’s automatic Twitter feed and half an hour later he tweeted again.
“I’ve just told the editor about his foreign news editor and how her screwed me on a story. Think I’ll be sacked.”
But that was mild compared to what was to follow. “Hate being a freelancer when you’ve just gotta suck it up.”
And then he unleashed: “Neville dean is a c***”.