Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour minister, who led today’s House of Commons debate into the News of the World phone hacking, called tv presenter Kay Burley “a bit dim” during live interview on Sky News.
Mr Bryant, one of a number of MPs who believe that their telephones have been illegally hacked into by a newspaper, told Sky News that illegal techniques were “endemic” in the media industy, which prompted the dialogue we’ve reproduced below.
Burley: Do you have evidence for that?
Bryant: Sorry, for what?
Burley: Do you have evidence that it is endemic not only at the News of the World but other newspapers? Pretty strong claim if you don’t.
Bryant: Well, the Information Commissioner produced a report which if you had listened to the debate earlier yourself then you would know, or if you had read that report then you would see that he referred to more than 1,000 cases in various different newspapers. I think it was something like 800 – I’ve not got the figures with me now – 800 incidences in the Mail alone.
Burley: So you are in a position to have listened to the debate and read the report and as a result you are content to say that on telly.
Bryant: I have just said that. You seem to be a bit dim, if you don’t mind me saying so.
After correcting a later inaccurate claim by Ms Burley, Mr Bryant said “don’t lie, don’t say what you don’t know madam!”
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