Gordon Brown may now owe some favours to one or two of his friends in the media. Although the ITV news at 10.30pm last night led with a punchy report on Brown's humiliation in the Commons, the BBC's 10pm news placed the story well down the order - number three, after a weak lead story about Al Gore's eco-film, and a story about floods insurance which had been around since the morning bulletins. The BBC's coverage, by the objective James Landale, felt brief. A later story in the bulletin about a Marilyn Monroe exhibition was given more airtime. On the radio, BBC Radio 4 put David Cameron's Commons attack at the top of its 6pm bulletin but Radio Five Live at the same time was not evening mentioning in its headlines the amazing scenes at the Commons. Is the news cycle that short nowadays?
This morning's Press websites are also instructive. The front page of the Daily Telegraph's site gives only the tiniest mention of the Commons mauling - a small-print steer to Andrew Gimson's political sketch. The Daily Mail is also distinctly muted in its website coverage. Indeed, I hear there are continuing ructions at the Mail about editor Paul Dacre's love-in with Brown. A mole who was at yesterday's editorial meeting at the Mail says that Dacre became extremely angry about criticisms of Brown. How long until the Mail's owner, Lord Rothermere, decides he'd like David Cameron to get fairer treatment from his paper?