Last week, Roy Greenslade wrote a blog post for The Guardian, poo-pooing a scoop by The Telegraph which claimed, among other things, James Harding was about to depart his role as editor of The Times:
The Daily Telegraph was on the money with its story about News International's chief executive, Tom Mockridge, deciding to resign... But note another sentence in the Telegraph report: Mockridge's "departure is part of a major shake-up which could also see the departure of James Harding, editor of The Times."
Wow! Can it really be so? Harding says not. After I texted him to ask, he replied: "It isn't so."
Today we hear Harding has indeed resigned.
Well, if you can't trust the editor of a rival paper to stand up your story for you, who can you trust?