Newspaper review: Jeremy Hunt under spotlight
- 25 April 2012
- From the section UK
It was, concludes the Guardian, the most dramatic day of the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics so far.
The paper dubs Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt the "Minister for Murdoch" and says correspondence discussed at the hearing describes a pattern of behaviour that, if true, is indefensible.
The main focus of the coverage is what the Daily Mail calls the "damning email trail".
It sees the release of emails which show contacts between an aide of Mr Hunt and an executive at News Corporation, as the "Revenge of the Murdochs".
It believes the Murdochs wreaked what some will see as a terrible revenge for the way they were cast adrift by ministers once the phone-hacking scandal erupted.
For the Financial Times, it was the day the Murdoch family turned the tables on the government, putting pressure on Mr Cameron and Mr Hunt to answer questions about their close relationship with the company.
The Independent says the pictures is a highly disturbing one because Mr Hunt had a quasi-judicial role in ruling on the BSkyB takeover.
It argues that his position is untenable and calls on him to resign. If he refuses, says the paper, Prime Minister David Cameron has no option but to sack him.
Judging by the correspondence, argues the Times, the culture secretary's office was too close to News Corporation. It feels Mr Hunt has many questions to answer.
It suggests Mr Cameron may be in the same position by the time Rupert Murdoch finishes his own testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, which starts on Wednesday.
The Daily Mirror calls Tuesday's revelations a shocking insight into how the powerful operate.
The paper predicts that many more reputations will be trashed when Mr Murdoch gives evidence.
It thinks Downing Street is using Mr Hunt as a human shield, worried that if he goes the trail moves closer to No 10 and Mr Cameron.
The appearance of comedian Russell Brand before the Commons Home Affairs Committee investigating drugs upsets the Daily Express.
The paper thinks it is disgraceful that he was permitted to give evidence while dressed "like a tramp".
The Daily Mail describes how he wore a torn T-shirt and a necklace with multiple crosses.
He cracked a few jokes, says the Sun, but he also spoke poignantly about his own heroin addiction.
The Independent considers the wave of donations given in memory of Claire Squires who died while trying to raise money for the Samaritans in the London Marathon.
It feels her death has inspired a spirit of giving that, via the power of the internet, has linked strangers from all over the world.
The Sun says she was an inspiration in life and death. It will be little comfort to her family, it says, but her death will save the lives of many driven by despair to the brink of suicide.
The sports writers struggle to contain their excitement after Chelsea beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final.
Chelsea played most of the game with 10 men, but the Times says they stood firm against the team widely lauded as the best in a generation.
The Daily Mirror says it was an evening when sheer spirit and desire contrived to pull off the most unlikely result.
As Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph puts it: "What a night."