What Derek Lambie has to say for himself

Posted by Tim Ireland at 12 March 2009

Category: Old Media

This entry was posted on
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
at
12:10 pm and is filed
under Old Media.

Well, this post finally earned me a reply from the good people at Express Newspapers; I’ve just recently enjoyed an email conversation with Derek Lambie, editor of the Scottish Sunday Express.

Happily, almost everything was said ‘on the record’, so I can bring you 99.8% of the conversation verbatim and let it speak for itself.

Here ’tis:

—– Original Message —–
From: Derek Lambie
To: Tim Ireland
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:51 AM
Subject: Dunblane

Tim,
Liz is on tape speaking about this. We have full transcript. I hope the personal attacks on paula murray will cease or further action will be taken.
Derek
Editor, scottish sunday express

—– Original Message —–
From: Tim Ireland
To: Derek Lambie
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: Dunblane

Hi Derek. Thanks for finally getting in touch.

I note that in your email you don’t dispute Elizabeth Smith’s claim, so I’d
like to address that first.

1. Do you dispute Elizabeth Smith’s claim? She claims: “in her press enquiry
to me, Ms Murray did not mention any names of the individuals involved in
Dunblane and may I also repeat the fact that the journalist did not ask me
anything about Dunblane nor did I comment on it or on any individual
involved”

2. May we see the transcript or at least a passage or two from it that
contradicts her claim?

3. Could you specify a personal attack on my website, rather than making
vague accusations?

4. Why no reply from Martin Townsend yesterday? I have a ‘read’ receipt
that’s almost 24 hours old now.

5. *Further* action? What action have you taken?

6. This is all on the record, yes?

Cheers

Tim

—– Original Message —–
From: Derek Lambie
To: Tim Ireland
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: Dunblane

Dispute that and as I say it is on record. This should be the end of the matter

—– Original Message —–
From: Tim Ireland
To: Derek Lambie
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: Dunblane

Hi Derek.

There are other aspects of the story that are a genuine cause for concern.
This would not be anywhere near the end of it, even if you took a successful
stand with what amounts to your word against that of an MSP (until the
recording emerges).

But getting back to my unanswered questions… if you had a moment to
address these, I’d be most grateful:

2. May we see the transcript or at least a passage or two from it that
contradicts (Smith’s) claim?

3. Could you specify a personal attack on my website, rather than making
vague accusations?

4. Why no reply from Martin Townsend yesterday? I have a ‘read’ receipt
that’s almost 24 hours old now.

5. *Further* action? What action have you taken?

Armed with some or all of this information, I can then make a suitable
update to my article.

Cheers

Tim

An off-the-record question immediately followed the 11:12 AM email from Derek that appears here.

I offered to answer that question on the record, but it’s been some 40+ minutes now and no-one’s taken me up on that offer.

Derek Lambie’s last word on the record was “this should be the end of the matter”… so I guess I have to start making a list of advertisers.








2 Comments

  1. Bartholomew says

    "I hope the personal attacks on paula murray will cease or further action will be taken"Wahahahaha! This has to be the best example ever of the observation "they can dish it out but they can't take it"

  2. Piskie says

    watch Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on BBC4 soon to see more about this disgraceful episode in the Sunday Express/Derek Lambie/Paula Murray career of shame.I'm an involved insider (remaining anonymous) from the Dunblane side. On behalf of many affected, could I applaud and thank Graham Linehan's superb petition efforts, the cascade of outrage across the e-globe and obviously Bloggerheads.I'll be fairer than they have ever been and say that a senior Express rep (not Lambie or Murray) did offer up a 'right to reply' but the people in Dunblane they spoke to did not want to see this getting further newsprint oxygen. However we have yet to see any personal apology.. which we suggested might be more meaningful if sent directly to those affected by either of the editorial scavengers.I await the PCC hearing, but nothing short of punitive damages against Express Group and the sacking of Lambie will be regarded as a fair outcome from this sorry affair.

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