Thursday, 21 March 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From press condemned for carrying mosque terror video to the bad boys of Brexit say they played the media like a Stradivarius

George Trefgar @GeorgeTrefgarne on Twitter: "I cannot believe that @MailOnline is showing video footage live-streamed, with sound, from the New Zealand killers’ headcam on its home page. You can just stumble across it. A classic example of how digital media need regulation. Barbaric. And what happened to self-restraint?"

Raymond Snoddy@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "That was a shocking editorial decision even social media has now taken video of the New Zealand murders down - you expect more from trained journalists and news editors of MailOnline."

MailOnline in a statement: "In common with many other news organisations around the world MailOnline carried for a time a very short excerpt from beginning of the Christchurch mosque gunman’s video that showed no violence or victims. On further reflection we decided to remove it."

Lloyd Embley @Mirror_Editor on Twitter: "For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos."

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern , quoted by BBC News"We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published. They are the publisher. Not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit no responsibility."

David Yelland @davidyelland on Twitter: "Speaker getting one of the biggest kickings in Fleet Street history tonight... but it is these papers that created this mess, not him. They misled readers and led them to disaster."

Committee to Protect Journalists @pressfreedom on Twitter: "At least 1,337 journalists have been killed while covering the news since 1992. Their names form The #LastColumn logo. Each time a journalist is killed, their name will be added to the logo. #pressfreedom"

Media Reform Coalition media ownership report: "Just three companies (News UK, DMG and Reach) dominate 83% of the national newspaper market (up from 71% in 2015). This is a market that may be shrinking interms of print circulation but, assisted by large online audiences, is crucial when it comes to settingthe agenda for the rest of the news media. When online readers are included, just five companies (News UK, DMG, Reach, Guardian and Telegraph) dominate some 80% of market share (up from 79% in 2015). In the area of local news, five conglomerates (Gannett, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and Archant) account for 80% of all titles (it was six companies back in 2015) while 57 smaller publishers have less than 20% of the remaining titles. Local newsrooms continue to haemorrhage journalists while we are facing an increasing number of news deserts given the fact that, as of 2017, two-thirds of Local Authority Districts do not have daily local newspaper coverage."
  • The report concludes: "The levels of concentration revealed in this report demonstrate that we need action that will challenge blockbuster media and tech companies and the influence that flows from their dominance of infrastructure, content and distribution."

Owen Jones @OwenJones84 on Twitter:"Want to work in the media but don’t want obsessive hatred from your “colleagues”? Easy solution: don’t criticise how the media works and just spend your time attacking Muslims or migrants or refugees or trans people instead!"
Owen Jones @OwenJones84 on Twitter: "I'd like to clarify that there are many very good journalists, that challenging much of the media for inciting and fuelling racism doesn't mean that all the journalists working there are racists, and that The Guardian provides space for excellent anti-racism voices."

Mark Di Stefano @MarkDiStef on Twitter: "I’ve come to the sober realisation that the president of the United States watches more TV and tweets more than me, a media reporter."

Brexit backer Aaron Banks quoted by Ed Caesar in The New Yorker“We played the media like a a Stradivarius," noting that “if we spent eight million in the referendum, we got thirty-five, forty million in free publicity” by outraging liberal commentators."

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From why we should pay to read the Jess Phillips interview in The Times to hipster complains about picture that wasn't him

David Miliband @DMiliband  on Twitter: "This is a great interview with ⁦@jessphillips⁩. Clear and principled. Times should take it out from behind pay wall as a public service. Jess Phillips. 'I think I’d be a good prime minister’."

Neville Thurlbeck on Twitter: "So @thetimes and its journalists give away their work free of charge as a “public service“, while you charge £650,000pa for your “public service” to your “charity“? @thetimes is a business not a trough."
Hadley Freeman @HadleyFreeman  on Twitter: "Replying to @DMiliband @jessphillips Paying for quality journalism is a good public service."

Prince Harry in a speech to schoolchildren, reported by The Times [£]: “Every day you are inundated with an over-exposure of advertising and mainstream media, social media and endless comparisons, distorting the truth, and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking."

Stephen Glover, commenting on Prince Harry's speech in the Daily Mail"His suggestion that the most noteworthy role of the mainstream media is to tell lies and manipulate impressionable minds — well, this really was dangerous and offensive nonsense. I’m not sure even Jeremy Corbyn believes that."

George Osborne, giving the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture, on the critical reaction to him being made editor of the Evening Standard two years ago: "I had simultaneously managed to offend two of the more self-righteous professions in Britain: journalists and politicians. Some journalists thought it was outrageous that someone who had helped run a country should presume to try to run a newspaper. Some politicians thought it was outrageous that someone who they used to work alongside would now be throwing stones at them."

Nick Robinson @bbcnickrobinson on Twitter: "Even at a distance you can feel the pain that @George_Osborne must have felt when writing this headline."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, in a statement after the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into equal pay at the BBC: "The EHRC’s starting point for this investigation – a suspicion that ‘some women at the organisation have not received equal pay for equal work’ – is in the NUJ’s view a fact. It is quite clear from the NUJ’s involvement – whether in the informal process, grievances or appeals, and potential tribunal claims – that pay inequity has been a reality at the corporation and that women have lost out in pay, pensions contributions and other terms and conditions."

Michael Greenwood @greenwood100 on Twitter marking Donald Zec's 100th birthday: "I know a few journalists who would sell a body part to have had one of the interviews Donald Zec got for The Daily Mirror - for starters here he is with Muhammad Ali in 1967 (copyright @mirrorpix)."

CBC reports: "A man threatened to sue a technology magazine for using his image in a story about why all hipsters look the same, only to find out the picture was of a completely different guy. The story in the MIT Technology Review detailed a study about the so-called hipster effect — 'the counterintuitive phenomenon in which people who oppose mainstream culture all end up looking the same.' The inclusion of a version of a Getty Images photo of a bearded, flannel-wearing man, tinted with a blue and orange hue, prompted one reader to write to the magazine: 'Your lack of basic journalistic ethics in both the manner in which you 'reported' this uncredited nonsense, and the slanderous, unnecessary use of my picture without permission demands a response, and I am, of course, pursuing legal action.' But it wasn't actually him."


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From Hunt and Clooney meet over fight for press freedom to will Fox News save Trump from the Mueller Report?

Jeremy Hunt @Jeremy_Hunt on Twitter: "Good discussion on media freedom w/ Amal Clooney. Discussed how we could work together to tackle those who act w/ impunity against journalists - including the Reuters journalists in Burma she represents - and how to shine a global spotlight on the vital necessity of media freedom."
James O'Brien @mrjamesob on Twitter: "Corbyn’s attitude to journalists is basically: 'How dare you ask me about unprecedented numbers of MPs leaving the party in disgust at my leadership. I want banal invitations to spout hollow platitudes about homelessness & poverty & you show your bias by not issuing them'.”

Helen Lewis in the New Statesman: "By attacking the media, all three men – Corbyn, Maduro and Trump – know exactly what they are doing. Any journalist’s defence of the profession can be dismissed as special pleading: you would say that, wouldn’t you? It’s a cheap trick that works because everyone hates journalists already. Look at them, sitting there in London, earning a packet, not meeting “real people” (whoever they are). This lazy criticism conflates megabucks contrarian columnists with the majority of the industry, where salaries are low and employment is precarious. There’s a reason that the PR business is full of ex-journalists. Puffery pays better than takedowns."

Bill Browder @Billbrowder on Twitter: "This is absolutely appalling. According to new intelligence [documentary by Al Jazeera Arabic], Jamal Khashoggi's body was burned in a newly constructed tandoori oven in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mohammed bin Salman needs to be sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act."

Séamus Dooley, NUJ assistant general secretary, in a statement after the union said the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Durham Constabulary attempted to restrict the freedom of investigative journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, makers of the documentary No Stone Unturned, from commenting on their case while on police bail:  "This was a blatant attempt to thwart the massive international campaign against the arrest of two journalists whose only crime is their search for truth and justice... The extension of bail until September 2019 is a travesty and imposes ongoing hardship on our members, their families and colleagues."

Guardian columnist Gary Younge speaking at an NUJ event in London: "Journalists are better at describing things rather than predicting things. Journalism needs more humility. If we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, then we should spend our time looking at what is happening now. We need to be more curious. I go out and talk to people, and I listen to their answers. Too often reporters are told what the story is and are then sent out to get the quotes to stand it up.”

Kim Fletcher in the British Journalism Review: "Unfortunately, many of us look at local journalism the way we look at banks and corner shops, being dismayed to see them disappear while struggling to recall the last time we walked in. The decline in sale has been encouraged by publishers, who have tended to respond to challenging times by cutting staff, reducing quality and raising prices."

Jane Martinson in the Guardian: "One newspaper executive said last week there was no difference between the Saudis or Russians owning a newspaper and a football club. Which would be true if the British media was just a vehicle for identity politics, fun and games rather than a time-honoured way of holding the powerful to account."

Campaign to Protect Journalists' Asia program coordinator Steven Butler, after four journalists were barred from covering a dinner in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, because of "sensitivities over shouted questions": "President Donald Trump and the White House are setting a terrible example, restricting press coverage while meeting with a ruthless foreign dictator of a nation that enjoys no press freedom at all. North Korea's efforts to block the press are deplorable, if unsurprising, but the U.S. government has no business acquiescing in this behavior."
  • Blocked from covering the dinner were reporters from The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Times and Reuters, according to The Washington Post.

Jerry Taylor, co-founder of the Niskanen Center, quoted by Jane Mayer in her New Yorker article on Fox News: “In a hypothetical world without Fox News, if President Trump were to be hit hard by the Mueller report, it would be the end of him. But, with Fox News covering his back with the Republican base, he has a fighting chance, because he has something no other President in American history has ever had at his disposal—a servile propaganda operation.”

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From there are lots of commentators on crime but few court reporters to respect for MPs who go to their local papers first

Duncan Campbell in the Guardian on the decline in court reporting: "At the Old Bailey in the last few of months of last year there were six simultaneous murder trials under way, all interesting and revealing in their different ways, all concerned with fatal stabbings, and the press benches were empty most days. There is no shortage of commentators writing about crime and the causes of crime, but such space would often be better served by an accurate report on how such offences happen in the first place and how they are investigated, prosecuted, defended, judged and punished. The situation is worst for local and regional papers. A day in any magistrates court is as illuminating on the state of the nation in terms of homelessness, mental health, immigration, drug-taking, alcohol abuse, race, domestic violence and poverty as any lengthy thinktank report. Once reports from these court were an essential ingredient of every local paper. No more."

Neil Allen of The News, Portsmouth after being named Regional Journalist of the Year in the British Sports Journalism Award: "I would like to dedicate this to all local and regional sports reporters. The hierarchy at football clubs can ban us, can try to discredit us, even try to get us the sack but we always, always outlast these people."

Former head of BBC Television News Roger Mosey in the New Statesman on BBC plans to cut news and political programming: "At a time when the biggest decisions in our lifetime are being made and when politics matters more than ever, our leading public service broadcaster has decided to cut back on news and political programming. It is doing so by creating a false choice between serious news and youth-orientated shows when it has resources and air-time to do both - and when that is what audiences have a right to expect."

Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in Broxtowe, as reported by Joe: "As you may have noticed, some of the mainstream media are sometimes slightly hostile and critical. I've noticed it, and what I've noticed is they're very unkeen on relating to the issues that people face. I did an interview for Sky last night, it was 14 minutes the interview. We got to, I think, minute 12 before I intervened and said 'Is there any chance anybody other than an MP could be referred to in any of your questions, and we could actually talk about the homeless, the poverty, the hospital waiting lists. Is there any chance we could talk about the issues that people face in their day-to-day lives?'"

The NUJ and Bectu in a joint statement on Tommy Robinson and his demo against the BBC in in Salford over a forthcoming Panorama investigation:  “We roundly condemn Tommy Robinson and his fellow, far-right thugs...He is the subject of a Panorama investigation and on his Facebook page has videoed a tirade against the corporation. The NUJ and Bectu say BBC staff should be free to do their jobs without these threats. Intimidation, threats and violence carried out by far-right protesters systematically targeting the media, especially photojournalists, are becoming more frequent and we will always call out this behaviour and report criminal activity to the police."

Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump on Twitter: "The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today. Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control. Sadly, I kept many of them in business. In six years, they all go BUST!"

Rachael Pacella @rachaelpacella on Twitter: "As one of six survivors of our nation's only newsroom mass shooting, seeing generalized media-bashing tweets from the president makes me fear for my life. His words have power, and give bad actors justification to act."

Caroline Schelle, of the Australian Associated Press, reporting for the Herald Sun: "A Melbourne newspaper journalist who reported on some of the city's gangland war has been awarded $180,000 in damages for post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. The former reporter at The Age worked in the role for almost a decade until 2013 and covered major stories including the death of four-year-old Darcey Freeman, who was thrown off the West Gate Bridge by her father. She also covered gangland murders, road deaths, fires and police shootings."

Tim Walker asked to give advice to new journalists by Muhammed Raza Hussain on Newsleaf"Be yourselves and be true to what you believe in, not what the proprietor you end up working for believes in. All the journalists I love the most – Kevin Maguire, Matthew d’Ancona and, though sadly no longer with us, Anthony Howard, who gave me my first national newspaper job on The Observer – command respect because they are always true to their own lights. We need more individualists in journalism, not more yes men and women. People like that come and go and are quickly forgotten."

Carole Walker @carolewalkercw on Twitter: "PM on plane.... Asked what she will do if she loses on March 12, May told reporters: "Why is it that people are always trying to look for the next thing after the next thing after the next thing?" ... well i wonder... maybe its because the next thing is the UK leaving the EU ..?"

Camden New Journal deputy editor Richard Osley @RichardOsley ‏‏on Twitter: "If you’ve got some big news, tell it to the people who matter first - your constituents - via the local newspaper."

Graeme Demianyk @GraemeDemianyk on Twitter: "Respect to politicians who give the story to their local paper first. A dying tradition."

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From digital giants rapped in 'fake news' report to has Private Eye found the ultimate digital business model?

Damian Collins MP, chair of the DCMS Committee following the publication of its investigation into disinformation and fake news: “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use everyday. Much of this is directed from agencies working in foreign countries, including Russia. The big tech companies are failing in the duty of care they owe to their users to act against harmful content, and to respect their data privacy rights."

Collins also claimed"Much of the evidence we have scrutinised during our inquiry has focused on the business practices of Facebook; before, during and after the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. We believe that in its evidence to the Committee Facebook has often deliberately sought to frustrate our work, by giving incomplete, disingenuous and at times misleading answers to our questions."

Collins strongly criticised Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg“Even if Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t believe he is accountable to the UK Parliament, he is to the billions of Facebook users across the world. Evidence uncovered by my Committee shows he still has questions to answer yet he’s continued to duck them, refusing to respond to our invitations directly or sending representatives who don’t have the right information. Mark Zuckerberg continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in the Guardian: “Today’s audience – not just Vogue’s audience, every audience – wants journalism to take a stand. People want to know what you believe in and what you stand for. In this time of fake news, when there is so much disregard for truth and value and for supporting those less fortunate than oneself, we have a moral obligation to stand up for what’s right.”

Alan Rusbridger @arusbridger on Twitter on front page of The Times using watermarks on its iPad edition: "Unwelcome trend; intrusive watermarking of important news photos, presumably to preserve their market value."

Telegraph political editor @gordonrayner Gordon Rayner on Twitter responds to Rusbridger: "Important news stories are only unearthed with investment and risk by media organisations. Why on earth should they then give away the hard-earned results of that endeavour to their rivals Alan? Competition breeds excellence, which benefits everyone."

Rusbridger replies on Twitter: "Not saying anyone should give away anything Gordon. Maybe it’s all inevitable - but we’re surely allowed to feel a little sad that future Don McCullins may have branded watermarks slapped in the middle of their brilliant images."
BuzzFeedUK investigations correspondent Jane Bradley @jane__bradley on Twitter: "When I got the first photo of ISIS ‘Beatle’ Alexander Kotey, we naively didn’t place our watermark prominently enough and countless newsrooms just cropped out the BuzzFeed credit. Scoops like this one take risk & resources and deserve recognition."

Chris Morley, Newsquest NUJ national coordinator, in a statement as the union put in a pay claim on St Valentine's Day: “Newsquest chapels up and down the country have used the fact that it is Valentine’s Day today to fire an arrow of passion from Cupid’s bow to local management to lodge their annual pay claims. They want to show how much burning desire there is among NUJ members to start the recovery from the severe neglect of their pay by the company over many years.... The annual pay for new news apprentices at Newsquest is just £7,250 while the boardroom remuneration bill runs to millions."

Michael Barbaro @mikiebarb on Twitter: "Having been repeatedly warned that this invocation endangers reporters — and is manifestly untrue — the president just keeps saying it anyway."

Owen Jones in the Guardian"The media is also desperately unrepresentative of those it exists to serve, partly because of the decline of local newspapers, which offered a way in for aspiring non-privileged journalists; and partly because of the prevalence of unpaid internships and expensive postgraduate journalism degrees, two routes into the profession which are financially prohibitive options for most."

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones  @ruskin147 tweeting about Private Eye reporting a print circulation of  233,869 copies: "Private Eye has found the ultimate digital business model - not having a digital presence."

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From the Cairncross Review under review to is this the best New York Post headline since Headless Body in Topless Bar?

Dame Frances Cairncross in her Review into the sustainability of high-quality UK journalism“Ultimately, the biggest challenge facing the sustainability of high-quality journalism, and the press, may be the same as that which is affecting many areas of life: the digital revolution means that people have more claims on their attention than ever before. Moreover, the stories people want to read may not always be the ones that they ought to read in order to ensure that a democracy can hold its public servants properly to account.”

Cairncross Review on local press: "Most national and regional news publishers are generating good profits, with margins of 10% ormore. But for several publishers, a large proportion of those profits is being used to pay down debts or pension liabilities (as in the cases of Johnston Press and Reach/Trinity Mirror respectively).1 As a result, they have reduced staffing, closed local offices, and have less money available for investment in the substantial innovation that a successful digitalfuture requires."

Cairncross Review on digital giants: “The overall position online of Google and Facebook appears to be directly impeding the ability of news publishers to develop successful business strategies. Whether or not the current monetary exchange between platforms and publishers is fair, the platforms’ position allows them to take decisions with significant impact on publishers, but with little to no engagement with them. If the powerful position of Google and Facebook remains unchanged (or even grows), the Government must ensure these companies do not abuse their position, and just as critically that their position does not threaten the viability of other industries.”

Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray in a statement: "It is extremely gratifying that Dame Frances and her panel have underscored the need to protect and indeed reinvigorate the reporting of local democracy and open justice, areas which have suffered and continue to suffer as the industry contracts. An enlarging of the present Local Democracy Supporting Service, which sees funds from the BBC supporting around 150 local journalists covering councils, also makes sense, although again there is no indication where such funding would come from and on what scale. Crucial to all of the recommendations for what is really state support for the local media industry in particular, are the report’s insistence that bodies such as the proposed Institution are free from political and other interference in deciding what constitutes public interest news worth supporting.”

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet in a statement on the Cairncross Review: "It’s a nonsense to suggest that BBC online has destroyed local newspapers – as the report says, the newspaper groups went on costly acquisition sprees before the market collapsed in the late 2000s and then cut investment and sacked hundreds of journalists to maintain profit margins. BBC Online is a trusted and much-used source of news, it is not the problem here and its future must not be imperilled."

Guido Fawkes on the Cairncross Review's call for an Institute of Public Interest News: "Why do we need another public body? Isn’t the BBC actually part of the reason independent local journalism is dying? The expansion of the BBC into local radio and covering local affairs online is killing off independent private sector journalism. The billions in revenue that the BBC has supports 46 local radio stations and the most visited news website in Britain, how can local newspapers compete with that? That the BBC has started funding a “Local Democracy Reporting Service” is an admission that it is part of the problem."

Telegraph editor Chris Evans, quoted by BBC News, after Philip Green dropped his legal case against the paper: "In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein affair, we became aware that gagging orders called NDAs were being used to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct and racial abuse in the workplace. And that led to our investigation into Sir Philip Green and Arcadia. We maintain there is a clear public interest in telling people whether a prospective employer has been accused of sexual misconduct and racial abuse."

Green in an audio recording released by the Telegraph: "I will personally sue your editor for damages that will be long beyond what he'll be able to earn if he lives to 1,000 years old."

International Federation of Journalists  president Philippe Leruth, after an IFJ report revealed the  cases of 94 journalists and media professionals who lost their lives in targeted killings, bomb attacks or crossfire incidents in 2018: "Those tragic figures remind us of our duty to act and hold governments responsible for the lack of investigation for journalists' crimes. We need an international instrument to force all states to act to halt the killing of journalists and bring the killers to justice. Our draft Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and other media professionals would achieve this."

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, quoted by the Sunday Times [£]: “I want there to be an international taboo for journalists to be killed or detained in the course of their work. I want countries considering doing that to feel it is going to make them the focus of huge international attention and therefore it is not a step they should take.”

Sir Harold Evans in the Sunday Times [£]: "The majority of journalists’ deaths are not bad luck on a battlefield. They are planned assassinations. Nine out of every 10 have been killed in their own countries at the instigation of government and military authorities, drug traffickers and criminal gangs. Since 1992, a total of 737 journalists have been murdered with impunity: not a single perpetrator identified.”

Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times "Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, according to current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports. The conversation, intercepted by American intelligence agencies, is the most detailed evidence to date that the crown prince considered killing Mr. Khashoggi long before a team of Saudi operatives strangled him inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and dismembered his body using a bone saw."

LBC's James O'Brien, interviewed by the New York Times about the high profile his anti-Brexit stance has brought him: “Hand on heart, I’d swap it all to see my country go back to what it was like before the referendum. Achieving fame of sorts for chronicling and criticising an act of epic national self-harm is a mixed blessing to say the least.”

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos posts about communications with National Enquirer publisher America Media Inc, headed by David Pecker: "These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism. Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out."

  • V.A. "Vinnie" Musetto became a newspaper legend after he was credited with the 1983 New York Post banner headline 'Headless Body In Topless Bar.'