Here's a charming text message I received from Damian McBride, former frontline spinner turned backroom strategy man. It doesn't really need much explaining except to say that ME is Mike Ellam, the PM's mild-mannered official spokesman.
Rather disconcerting how yr 'GB orders obama dvd' tale keeps being rehashed as fact elsewhere - despite being utter garbage, as ME told you yesterday. Shouldnt you at least update yr blog with the categoric denial frm No10? - Damian
It's astonishing to me that this piece of relatively uncontroversial information should have disconcerted anyone but so be it. Let's clear this up.
For starters, I didn't say that Gordon ordered an Obama DVD. But it's the oldest political trick in the book to deny a story that was never written.
My original source has gone to ground, presumably for fear of retribution. But I have been able to establish that Downing Street was indeed interested in the media coverage of the Obama apology. If I go any further than this I risk compromising my sources.
The denial of the existence of a compilation DVD is pretty strong so maybe the officials never got round to making it. Maybe they had better things to do.