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Schofield says sorry for PM gaffe

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield apologised for brandishing a list of alleged paedophiles at David Cameron when the Prime Minister appeared on the ITV show. There were suggestions that some of the names of Conservative politicians may have been discernible by viewers.

As Cameron was on the show to warn about the dangers of a "witch-hunt" and specifically about the potential for confusing homosexuality with paedophilia, Schofield’s action seemed particularly rash and inappropriate.

"If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention," Schofield said. "I was not accusing anyone of anything and it is essential that it is understood that I would never be part of any kind of witch hunt. Unfortunately there may have been a misjudged camera angle for a split second as I showed the prime minister some information I had obtained from the internet."

Cameron responded on air by implying that Schofield was guilty of exactly the kind of knee-jerk reaction he was warning against. "I am worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now, giving me a list of names you've taken off the internet," the PM said.

The media have gone into a feeding frenzy about the identity of the senior Conservative politician alleged to have been involved in the child-abuse case in North Wales, although there has also been evidence that it could have been a case of mistaken identity. Following swiftly from the enquiry ordered into the Jimmy Savile revelations, it’s apparent that the mainstream media are struggling to keep up with lurid internet rumours.

Schofield made his name as the sidekick to a puppet on childrens’ TV before reaching the heady heights of presenting Mr and Mrs for ITV. It seems he has a yearning to reinvent himself as a no-nonsense Jeremy Paxman-style current affairs presenter, but seems to be going about it in a ham-fisted manner.

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