Could it be that John Witherow, editor of the Sunday Times, is so vindictive that he ordered one of his hacks to do a hatchet job on the Guardian after one of its columnists described the ST under his editorship as “both unloveable and unexciting”?
Roy Greenslade, the Guardian’s media blogger thinks so. Commenting on a half-page in today’s ST business section headed “Guardian lost between old media and new media”, he says that after one of his pieces, Witherow had warned: “I will always retaliate, and I have many more readers than you do, so I can cause you much more pain.”
That was probably before the Sunday Times put up its price to Â£2 last November and saw sales slide by nearly 6%.
The piece in the ST by Dominic Rushe, more usually employed writing “On Wall Street” from New York, has a lot of the signs of a hatchet job including quoting “insiders” and “one media pundit”. But you can judge for yourself without paying Â£2 for the paper.