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And then soon after, he gets what he calls monstered by the tabloids. And this seems to a phrase I wasn’t familiar with before, where they single out an individual and literally go after you day after day.
So they began to show pictures of him in his underwear pictures, they could find anywhere they – any picture they could find of him that was in some way compromising, talking about him being a member of parliament, being gay, et cetera, and leaning on him and, he thought for a while, endangering his political career, but he was re-elected.
GROSS: Was he not already out?
BERGMAN: He was out amongst his friends. So it wasn’t that big a deal for him personally. But he wasn’t out, if you will, to everyone at large.
GROSS: So that’s just one example of what happened if you did ask questions about their procedures.
BERGMAN: And if you, in his words, if you get in the way.
GROSS: So what did he do after he was monstered?
BERGMAN: Well, he worked his way through it. He’s still in politics, and obviously with the scandals, he’s become more of a prominent figure in Britain because he’s continuing to pursue the investigations.
But I think the most important part of all this, is that there was no police investigation after a public admission – we pay the police – by the editor of a major newspaper. There was no – we know from the News Corporation and its answers back in New York to various questions, including some questions we had for them recently in writing, they did not launch any investigation to find out what was going on inside.
And when we asked the, sort of, veteran editor, the man who really created the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie, about it – about whether or not he paid the police or knew abo