Colin Myler, the New York Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief and former News of The World editor, is coming under fire for allegedly intimidating British investigators. The Guardian reports that while Myler was editor of News of The World, he attempted to bully officials who were investigating the paper for phone hacking.
Myler allegedly asked a group of six reporters to find whatever “dirt” they could on those probing the paper, such as if they were doing anything illegal themselves, or if they were gay. Myler testified to Parliament that the phone hacking at News of The World was the result of one rogue person, so these new allegations will certainly cast further doubt on his statements.
As a New York profile of Myler points out, this isn’t the first time he has been challenged for his methods:
‘There’s a duality in his nature,’ says a colleague. ‘In person, he’s nice, warm, decent. In the newsroom, he puts that aside and goes after whatever the sensational story is.’ …Myler had been blooded in national scandal when, as editor of the Sunday Mirror, he was approached by an enterprising London gym owner peddling secret photos of Princess Di working out in a leotard—he’d planted a camera in the wall. Myler’s company reportedly paid £100,000 for the photos.
Mort Zuckerman, who brought Myler aboard in January, declined to comment to the Guardian on the bullying allegations. That’s clearly a wise decision. Hiring Myler in the first place? That move keeps getting murkier.