How ironic: Nick Davies is experiencing the exact same reaction that he talked about in relation to HdlG. Having watched his evidence to Leveson and then his response last night to the new information that it may not have been NOTW reporters who deleted Milly Dowler's voice messages, giving her parents false hope, I think he is lucky that he already got his inquiry before anyone was able to come along and trash his whole investigation.
Because if he hadn't, they would have used that one wrong fact to undermine the credibility of all his work, as they did with Lenny Harper. On the news last night he was complaining about that very tactic, saying 'don't let them use this one wrong fact to blow away the big story'. How very ironic.
Nick Davies is a great journalist. I read Flat Earth News when it was released and have since been following the 'hacking scandal' and inquiry with interest. But the press let the HdlG victims down, firstly by sensationalising and overreacting to the initial forensic finds (pace Lenny Harper who never said it was a murder inquiry); and then the press let the victims down again by going cold on the whole story after they had made fools of themselves.
As a result, we have around 150 victims who have not received justice or compensation. The press owe them an apology.