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If by monstrously hyped you mean they gave him an almost endless series of high profile media front person jobs because he was 'box office', possibly.

The question is whether managers were discouraged from too much questioning because he was box office, or because of other reasons.

It would be a win for Team Westminster to persuade everyone that the nastiness is specific to luvvies and entertainers and it's all our own fault for liking crude and saucy people - as some hack at the LRB (I think) argued a few weeks back.

The more difficult questions - the close links with royalty and two prime ministers, the freedom of Broadmoor and various hospitals, the fact that he was only civilian to be awarded a green beret by the Marines, the fact that he was very friendly with Peter Sutcliffe and one of Sutcliffe's murders happened within a hundred yards of Savile's flat in Leeds - are perhaps less likely to be given the attention they deserve.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 09:54:51 AM EST
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