Thursday, 20 October 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: From Donald Trump presidency a threat to press freedom to how Mirror bosses mocked launch of the Sun with dead flowers

The Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement:  
"Through his words and actions, Trump has consistently demonstrated a contempt for the role of the press beyond offering publicity to him and advancing his interests. For this reason CPJ is taking the unprecedented step of speaking out now. This is not about picking sides in an election. This is recognizing that a Trump presidency represents a threat to press freedom unknown in modern history."

Donald Trump at a rally in Florida on the media, as reported by RawStory: “They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and your family.”

The New York Times in response to a legal threat from Trump's lawyers: “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr Trump through his own words and actions has already created for himself.”

Michael Wolff in the Holywood Reporter: "Trump, not surprisingly, now that he has been simply categorized as a sex abuser, makes matters worse for himself. By attacking the media — with toothless threats of lawsuits — he fortifies its unity and its certainty. But you can see why he's hurt and confused. For so long the media encouraged him to be Donald Trump. Thirty years of enabling him and encouraging him. And through more than 18 months of campaigning for president, it really seemed like he was going to get away with being who he was. But lest nobody forget: The media, if it makes you — in this instance with great civic resolve — can break you, too."

Jack Shafer on politico: "What if almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong? What if, in the mad dash two decades ago to repurpose and extend editorial content onto the Web, editors and publishers made a colossal business blunder that wasted hundreds of millions of dollars? What if the industry should have stuck with its strengths—the print editions where the vast majority of their readers still reside and where the overwhelming majority of advertising and subscription revenue come from—instead of chasing the online chimera?"

Independent publisher Evgeny Lebedev, quoted by the Financial Times on the paper going digital only. “It is still early days, but the first six months have shown that by being more nimble and digitally focused we can better serve our new, much bigger audience online. We are profitable for the first time in 23 years, which brings with it new opportunities.”

The Independent Press Standards Organisation rejecting the complaint by Channel 4 News' presenter Fatima Manji about a Sun column by Kelvin MacKenzie headlined 'Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice': "While the columnist’s opinions were undoubtedly offensive to the complainant, and to others, these were views he had been entitled to express. The article did not include a prejudicial or pejorative reference to the complainant on the grounds of her religion."

Russia Today's editor-in-chief Margarita Simony: “They closed our accounts in Britain. All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Long live freedom of speech!”

Oliver Kamm in The Times [£]: "The regime of Vladimir Putin murders journalists, represses homosexuals, imprisons critics, assassinates dissidents, flattens cities, attacks aid convoys, shoots down civilian aircraft, foments xenophobia and alters national boundaries by force. Yesterday its state-run propaganda outlet complained of an assault on its liberty because a British bank asked it to take its custom elsewhere."

An NUJ chapel spokesman for Newsquest journalists in South London who have voted to extend their strike over redundancies: "Our strike continues and our resolve is undiminished. All we want is to report the news and celebrate our communities. We totally reject Newsquest's plan for reduced coverage and generic content that will rob local communities with the news and features relevant to where they live. By reducing the quality of the newspapers and websites, how can we build up circulation and be a viable prospect for advertisers?"

Part of an Early Day Motion on the Newsquest South London dispute in which MPs call for: "Newsquest's CEO Henry Faure Walker, Editorial Development Director Toby Granville and local Managing Director Tony Portelli to enter into urgent talks and meaningful consultation with staff representatives from the National Union of Journalists to protect the future of these South London titles, and for a focused public inquiry to urgently be held into the future of local and regional news provision more generally."

The Sun claims a secret tape recording shows that journalist Paul Mason, who campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn, wants him replaced as Labour leader: "His true feelings come despite the TV journalist-turned-author publicly championing Mr Corbyn at major rallies through out Labour’s leadership contest, including one outside Parliament. The left wing former Newsnight and Channel 4 News economics correspondent also revealed he wants to replace Mr Corbyn with shadow business secretary Clive Lewis. The conversation – at the troubled party’s conference in Liverpool two weeks ago – was recorded by a bystander and passed to The Sun."

Paul Mason @paulmasonnews responds on Twitter: "When people on Merseyside realise scabs from the Sun are creeping around their pubs and cafes, taping conversations between journalists and their sources, I hope they will redouble their boycott off this scab newspaper."

Matthew Parris in The Times [£] on the criticism of remainers in the EU campaign: "Blaming The Guardian, blaming The Times, blaming fat British businessmen, blaming golf, Marmite, Japanese car bosses and the governor of the Bank of England, lashing out at the “doom-mongers” and 'naysayers', the 'international bankers' who would 'talk our country down', as though the strong fundamentals of 'the world’s fifth-largest economy' that you promised would power us easily through are now candles in the wind, snuffable by a handful of weedy newspaper columnists . . . blaming everyone and everything but your own lack of an agreed plan, is futile."

Racing journalist Claude Duval 'The Punters Pal' signs off at the Sun: "THIS is it, folks! I am retiring today after 47 years with The Sun. I am the only remaining staff member of the red-top tabloid from the first day it hit the streets — November 17, 1969, later becoming the country’s best-selling newspaper. Yet on the day when The Sun was launched by Rupert Murdoch, Daily Mirror grandees threw a dinner party in their High Holborn boardroom with dead sunflowers running the length of the table. But within years we blossomed, galloped past the Mirror and have been leading the field ever since."


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: From Times finally reveals how the Queen apologised to Scargill to 'why I'm quitting' by Newsquest editor

Angela Gordon in The Times [£]: "During the newspaper’s bicentenary celebrations in 1985, I remember the Queen came to visit The Times and there was a terrific hullabaloo because in discussions with Paul Routledge, the Labour editor, she suggested the miners’ strike was down to one man — Arthur Scargill. Paul demurred. This was picked up and all hell broke loose. I later recall being in the editor’s office where I saw a telegram from Buckingham Palace saying the Queen had apologised to Scargill. I realised it was top secret and never told a soul. It would have been a sensational story. I reckon I can reveal it now under the 30-year rule."

Piers Morgan‏ @piersmorgan on Twitter: "Very powerful & courageous journalism in today's @DailyMirror re #Syria. Not enough of this being done in UK media."

Guardian readers' editor Paul Chadwick in the paper's Open door column on Jeremy Corbyn and 'traingate': "The video of Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a train, disclosed exclusively online on 16 August, was mistakenly treated by the Guardian more as freelance journalism than what it actually was: a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters...The Guardian was told at the outset that Corbyn had obtained a seat during his journey, but the information was not included in the news report which accompanied the video...Although the Guardian did not intend to mislead readers, that was the effect for some time. Its pre-publication checks and balances failed in some respects. Post-publication, it was not quick enough to fix what it could, and to explain."

Simon Kuper in the Financial Times: "Unfortunately, the year I became a journalist, Microsoft produced its first web browser, Internet Explorer. Suddenly you could go online and find out almost anything for free without buying a paper. The number of journalists has been shrinking since, and most new jobs are for 25-year-olds willing to work for peanuts. My people are going extinct like dodos or factory workers. For now I’m hanging on, still on the island, grazing on one of the last patches of grass, but the waters are rising around me. One day my children will say: 'My dad was a content provider. He worked for an app called FT, I think'.”

The Guardian in a leader: "Mahmood built his career as the 'Fake Sheikh' of Sunday tabloid stings in the grey area between that which is in the public interest and that which interests the public. That distinction is not often interrogated enough in newsrooms when handling a 'good' story, which might be a commercial judgment before it is an ethical one."

Peter Preston in the Observer: "Not all Mahmood’s yarns were worthless tat. Think cricket match-fixing for one. Stings have a place in the history of newspaper investigation that can’t be gainsaid – and shouldn’t be regulated out of existence."

The Mail in a leader: "The BBC — which is now bitterly regretting its admirable impartiality during the referendum and has returned to type — is leading the Remain charge. Quite why it devotes so much airtime to the embittered pro-EU ramblings of the wet-behind-the-ears ex-Tory ministers Nicky Morgan and Anna Soubry, only it knows. For the Mail’s part, we know both women were unceremoniously sacked by Mrs May in July and have axes to grind."

Hugo Rifkind in The Times [£] on working on the paper's gossip diary:"You never truly stop being a diarist, though. It puts you in a tribe. Diarists are the journalists of journalism; the people hacks regard with all the wary disdain with which the rest of the world regard hacks themselves. I’m proud as anything of having run a diary, and in a way that will perhaps make absolutely no sense to anybody who never has. I don’t miss it, though. Not even a bit."

Tim Montgomerie ن @montie on Twitter: "Thank goodness for newspapers and investigative reporting. @NYTimes found Trump's old tax return and @WashingtonPost this video."

Newsquest editor quoted by the NUJ ahead of strike in South London: "The entire newsroom is at breaking point; stressed, overworked, underpaid and completely demoralised. Newsquest's response to this is to cut staffing levels further.  I am appalled by the company's complete disregard for the health and well-being of its employees, indifference towards quality or public-interest journalism, and lack of respect for readers and advertisers, who Newsquest simply hope will not realise the dwindling amount of relevant local content that is published in its papers. I can no longer work for a so-called news organisation that sees its journalism as nothing more than, in the words of one senior manager, 'information to sell adverts'."


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: Shock as French press leads on Theresa May not Kim Kardashian to reader sings the praises of The Times' sub editors

Le Monde: May leads not Kim
A shocked Daily Mail reports: "When news broke that Kim Kardashian had been held up at gunpoint inside her luxury apartment in Paris, people around the world reacted with shock and horror. But in France, where the terrifying incident occurred early on Monday morning, the story failed to make the front page of all but one major newspaper. On Tuesday, Le Parisien was the only paper to highlight the 35-year-old's night of terror as five masked gunmen stormed the Hotel Pourtalès behind the Madeleine church. The French media abide by strict privacy laws and are also sniffy about celebrity culture so it is not unusual for them to avoid stories about Kim Kardashian."

Press Gazette on the guilty verdict against Mazher Mahmood for plotting to pervert the course of justice: "Following the verdict, it was announced that 18 civil claims were being launched against Mahmood which could total some £800 million. Media lawyer Mark Lewis said the claims would 'dwarf” those brought following the phone- hacking scandal."

Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph: "The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into football greed goes far beyond one man. It’s about the moral corruption in a whole industry, and exposing a culture where it is seen as perfectly acceptable for managers to line their pockets. Many other figures are being investigated, with more revelations to come. But if you feel a tug of nostalgia when reading about all this, it’s because such exposés are becoming rarer – and it’s this, rather than an over-powerful press, that ought to alarm politicians. Britain is, by international standards, a fairly incorrupt country. But only relentless scrutiny keeps it that way."

John Cleese @JohnCleese on Twitter on Fraser Nelson's article: "Why do we let half-educated tenement Scots run our English press ? Because their craving for social status makes them obedient retainers?"

Fraser Nelson's response to Cleese in the Telegraph: "...his [Cleese] writing fell short of the standards expected of a Spectator contributor – which is why his status as a contributing editor did not last longer than his first article. An expensive education, you see, can’t buy you everything."

Brian Cathcart on the Inforrm blog on the Allardyce story: "The sting showed us something we knew: people will often behave foolishly if you offer them a lot of money. It is hardly brave or great journalism to catch a football manager in this way, but if this is the best the Telegraph can do, then why not take on someone genuinely powerful and make a difference?"

Kelvin MacKenzie in the Sun: "The real bad boys in this affair are the sports journalists. They have been hearing this type of stuff for years and yet have never written a word about it for fear that it will ruin their cosy relationship with players, managers and ­owners. Can I explain something to them. They are not PRs for the clubs.They are ­supposed to be ­disclosing to readers, viewers and listeners what is really going on in football. Better to be banned from the ground than to not do your well-paid job properly.'

Alexandra Schulman, editor of British Vogue, interviewed in InPublishing : "Four years ago, everyone was saying in two years' time, everyone will be reading magazines on the iPad. Well I never thought they would and they aren't."

Nick Davies ‏@Bynickdavies on Twitter: "Today is my last as a journalist. It's been interesting. Now I'm going travelling."

alan rusbridger ‏@arusbridger on Twitter: "This is a sad moment. One of the very very best reporters of our time. But he's probably earned a break..."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, on proposed redundancies at Newsquest South London: “A handful of reporters, with help from a few work experience students, cannot cover half the capital. This will damage the quality of the newspapers and websites and will have a knock-on effect on circulation figures. The huge response from local politicians and London Assembly members across the political spectrum shows they fear reduced news coverage will have a negative impact on local democracy and the holding to account of councils and local businesses.”

Times [£] reader Raymond McCann praises sub editors in a letter to the paper's feedback editor: “I think these unsung heroes (and heroines) of the newspapers deserve more recognition for their work. I particularly enjoyed the clever headline on Thursday about whether the former Miss Universe who was criticised by Donald Trump for gaining weight might help Hillary Clinton’s campaign, ‘Beauty queen could tip the scales for Clinton’.”

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: From entrapment won Allardyce nil, to Littlejohn is a Billy Bragg fan

The Telegraph in a leader after its revelations ended the career of the England football manager: "Sam Allardyce has manifestly failed to live up to the standards expected of an England manager. His willingness to engage in detailed conversations with people he believed represented wealthy foreign business interests about how to get around football’s rules show that he is not the man to champion probity and honesty in the game. It is right that he has gone."

Sam Allardyce, as reported by BBC News: "Unfortunately it was an error of judgement on my behalf. I've paid the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that."

Daniel Taylor in the Guardian: "If you have followed Allardyce’s career, the infamous Panorama documentary and the chequered past of his agent, Mark Curtis, it is not any surprise the man the FA appointed in July was ripe for a newspaper sting. It is unusual, perhaps, that it is the Daily Telegraph having a go at playing the Fake Sheikh and there are parts of its coverage that, to be blunt, are questionable, to say the least."

FA chairman Greg Clarke interviewed in the Telegraph:  “Where you don’t have an inquisitive, free press, very dark things happen in the corners of the world, which are hidden. There is nothing wrong with using what techniques you have to use to expose wrongdoing.”

Pope Francis, meeting with Italy's national council of journalists, as reported by the Catholic News Agency“I hope that more and more journalism everywhere is a tool of construction, a factor for the common good, an accelerator of processes of reconciliation; that it may know how to reject the temptation of stirring up confrontation, with language that fans the flames of division, instead favoring the culture of encounter.”

Nick Cohen in  The Spectator: "Corbyn has no good writers on his side. In my world of liberal journalism, everyone is saying that when talented journalists decide to support Corbyn, their talent abandons them, and they produce gushing pieces that would embarrass a lovestruck teenager."

Roy Greenslade on MediaGuardian: "No publisher, despite differing motivations, can escape the commercial effects of a technological revolution that is in the process of destroying the funding mechanism that has underpinned newspaper companies for more than 150 years. Journalists are aware of this but tend to turn a blind eye to reality. They blame publishers for the cutbacks, or at least, the way those cutbacks are carried out."

How Jeremy Paxman's father, Keith, introduced him to his golf playing friends, according to an extract from his memoir, A Life in Questions, serialised in The Times [£]: “One of those homosexual communists from the BBC”.

Kelvin MacKenzie in the Sun: "I HEAR brown-noser of the millennium Sir Craig Oliver is soon to serialise his book on his five years as Director of Communications for David Cameron at No10. Apparently it’s a dull old tome as you would expect from somebody who started out in life with a diploma in broadcasting from Cardiff School of Journalism. In the book he takes a number of pot shots at this fine organ, and is especially critical of The Sun’s pro-Brexit stand. It’s that very misunderstanding of ordinary people that explains why both Oliver and his boss are now unemployed."

Giles Coren in The Times [£] on his restaurant reviews: "I am fed up with writing elaborate, original articles that veer off at tangents. After all, where has that ever got me? Nowhere. Nothing but complaints about how I seem to think my own life and opinions are more important than the food on the plate. Henceforth, I am just going to phone it in like everyone else."

Paul Farhi in the Washington Post: "Folks, I know a lot of you don’t like the people who work in my chosen profession, the news business. I’m aware you think we’re lazy and unfair (yes, I got your emails and tweets on this topic — a few thousand of them). Of course, I disagree with you. I know a lot of fine people in the newsgathering arts and sciences. But that’s not why I’m writing. I’m writing because I have a request: Please stop calling us 'the media.' Yes, in some sense, we are the media. But not in the blunt way you use the phrase. It’s so imprecise and generic that it has lost any meaning. It’s — how would you put this? — lazy and unfair."

Jose Mourhino responds to his critics in the media, as reported by BBC Sport: “The Einsteins need money to live, they can’t coach, they can’t sit on the bench, they can’t win matches. They can speak, they can write, they can criticise the work of other people, but I am a good man. I am good man of goodwill. I do lots of charity, I help so many people, so why not also feed the Einsteins? That’s fine.”

Paul Holden who runs the Worthing Journal, quoted by HoldTheFrontPage: “If newspapers are to survive, they need to go back to basics and study publications from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when, if the mayor sneezed, readers knew about it. Those still serving up a diet of 1980s Sun-style headlines and celebrity gossip dressed up as news have had their day.”

Richard Littlejohn in  the Mail"Sifting through my music, you’d soon come to the conclusion that I lived in a scruffy squat in Islington, subscribed to the Guardian and had a wardrobe full of duffel coats, Guy Fawkes masks and CND badges. My collection reads like an A-Z of agitprop. For a start, I must have a dozen albums by the Left-wing singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, hero of every protest rally over the past 30 years, from the miners’ strike to Stop The War. Truth is, I’ve always been a great admirer of Bragg, aka the Bard of Barking, even though we’re not exactly politically simpatico."


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: From MP blasts Newsquest for absence of any form of duty of care to staff to those punishing Bake Off headlines

Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neil in a letter to Newsquest CEO Henry Faure Walker over redundancies at the company's South London titles: "I know very well the need for efficiencies and savings, but the cyclical, unrelenting manner in which Newsquest seeks too make these changes - most recently with  the announcement that professional photographers will no longer be used - shows a complete absence of any form of duty of care to its staff, and perhaps more damaging from a reputational perspective, a flagrant disregard to the readers it reports to."

Iliffe Media chairman Edward Iliffe to HoldTheFrontPage on launching a new weekly, the Cambridge Independent“The structural changes and challenges for the traditional newspaper industry are well documented. But we strongly believe there is a demand for quality journalism, useful information and entertaining content published across multiple formats to local communities,”

The Washington Post in a leader on Edward Snowden, some of whose leaked security surveillance information was published by the paper: "EDWARD SNOWDEN, the former National Security Agency contractor who blew the cover off the federal government’s electronic surveillance programs three years ago, has his admirers. After the inevitably celebratory Oliver Stone film about him appears this weekend, he may have more. Whether Mr. Snowden deserves a presidential pardon, as human rights organizations are demanding in a new national campaign timed to coincide with the film, is a complicated question, however, to which President Obama’s answer should continue to be 'no'.”

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump on Twitter: "My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting."

David Yelland ‏@davidyelland on Twitter: "The US media has an historic duty to question Trump but is weak and oddly deferential to his celebrity status. The networks are worst."

Jeremy Corbyn asked in a Guardian interview what he would have done differently in his first year as Labour leader: “I would be better prepared for the media onslaught. I knew it was going to be difficult. But even I was surprised at the levels of refusal to engage, or to try to understand what we’re trying to achieve.”

The Wall Street Journal in a leader on Les Hinton, former CEO of the paper's parent company Dow Jones, being cleared of misleading Parliament over phone hacking at the News of the World:"The phone hacking practices that led to News of the World’s abrupt closure were 'deplorable.' But those practices were used as a pretext by our competitors in the press and the usual political suspects to malign and try to bring down an entire news organization. Another principal media target of the scandal, News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, was acquitted of all charges against her in a 2014 criminal trial. As for Mr. Hinton, his parliamentary vindication is, as he says, 'too little and too late,' but it should be a warning of the damage that political frenzies can do to the lives and careers of honorable men."

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, in the wake of a decision by Liverpool City Council, led by Mayor Joe Anderson, to unanimously vote to support the 'Total Eclipse of The S*n' campaign which has called on newsgagents to refuse to stock and sell the Sun over its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster: "In a free society people must be free to choose which newspapers they read or sell. The comments from Joe Anderson demonstrate the danger when he says that if he had his way he would ban The Sun. That is what happens in dictatorships and banana republics."

The Sunday Times [£] under the headline 'You’d batter believe it' : "Guess which item of news these headlines from last week were reporting: Crumbs! This takes biscuit (Sun); Bun Fight (Mirror); Desserted (Sun); and — just for a change — Crumbs! (Mail). Has any TV programme in history done more than The Great British Bake Off to preserve the art of the terrible newspaper pun?"

And the puns keep coming from the story that keeps on giving...


Friday, 16 September 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: How print still beats the web to now nasty Rob Titchener abuses hacks

Jack Shafer on Politico"Print—particularly the newspaper—is an amazingly sophisticated technology for showing you what’s important, and showing you a lot of it. The newspaper has refined its user interface for more than two centuries. Incorporated into your daily newspaper's architecture are the findings from field research conducted in thousands of newspapers over hundreds of millions of editions. Newspaper designers have created a universal grammar of headline size, typeface, place, letter spacing, white space, sections, photography, and illustration that gives readers subtle clues on what and how to read to satisfy their news needs. Web pages can't convey this metadata because there's not enough room on the screen to display it all."

Allison Pearson in the Telegraph: "It is scarcely credible at the start of the 21st century that the number of national newspaper columnists who went to Westminster, Eton or other private schools outnumber those of us who went to a comprehensive. How is it possible that the kind of school that serves 93 per cent of the population should be so pitifully under-represented among the ranks of those who pontificate on state education about which, to be perfectly fair, they know absolutely bugger all?"

Harold Evans‏ @sirharryevans on Twitter: "For sheer disgusting hyena journalism see -or rather don't- NY Post splash on Clinton sickness."

Donald Trump at a rally in New Hampshire, as reported by the Huffington Post: “I have really good news for you. I just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane. They can’t get here. I love it...They called us and said, ‘Could you wait? I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ Let’s get going, right? Let’s get going, New Hampshire.”

Trinity Mirror in a statement: "Trinity Mirror has confirmed that it will be handing back four of the eight regional Metro franchises it operates to DMGT. The Scotland, Cardiff, Bristol, and East Midlands Metro franchises will be handed back with effect from 1st January 2017 but (it is understood) are likely to be continued to be published by DMGT. Trinity Mirror will continue to operate its other Metro franchises in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham. Trinity Mirror has run the regional Metro franchises since each was launched over the last 15 years. However, as circulation and advertising revenue has declined, the profitability and sustainability of each franchise for the company has been reviewed."

Metro in a statement: "From 1 October 2016, Metro is set to increase its national print circulation by 10%, increasing the paper's daily print run to 1.477 million – its largest ever. Most extra copies of the newspaper will be distributed in the London area, upping the number available each weekday morning to almost 900,000 in the capital. Metro will be expanding the edition's existing presence on the bus network, with the paper available to even more commuters in London and the South East."

David Walsh in the Sunday Times [£]: "It has always been clear that those with most to hide are often quickest to sue. Putting it bluntly, they use their lawyers to discourage inquiry. This response is now exacerbated by changes in the way we receive our news and the difficulties that have arisen from our industry’s original sin: free content. [David] Simon’s point is undeniable. Proper journalism depends upon an online revenue stream. The irony is that journalism has never been as vital to a country’s overall health as it is now. A current example: there is a sporting body out there, funded by you and I, the taxpayer, who seem almost eager to pass on every difficult question to their lawyers. They employ PR staff but you wouldn’t know this if you emailed a serious question. Instead the lawyers write long letters for large fees. What lawyers love, though, is further correspondence. Most newspapers cannot afford to engage in lengthy legal actions and, of course, this is something the unscrupulous exploit."

Jeff Jarvis in an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook took down the famous Vietnam war picture of a girl victim of napalm: "Dear Mark Zuckerberg, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Facebook needs an editor — to stop Facebook from editing. It needs someone to save Facebook from itself by bringing principles to the discussion of rules. There is actually nothing new in this latest episode: Facebook sends another takedown notice over a picture with nudity. What is new is that Facebook wants to take down an iconic photo of great journalistic meaning and historic importance and that Facebook did this to a leading editor, Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of Aftenposten, who answered forcefully: 'The media have a responsibility to consider publication in every single case. This may be a heavy responsibility. Each editor must weigh the pros and cons. This right and duty, which all editors in the world have, should not be undermined by algorithms encoded in your office in California…. Editors cannot live with you, Mark, as a master editor'."

Peter Preston in The Observer: "Facebook, though now the biggest carrier of digital news on Planet Earth, says it isn’t an editor or publisher, merely a humble platform. But now watch it change algorithms like any publisher in a jam. Watch it take editorial decisions, switching idiocy for sense. And watch it drain advertising revenue pretty voraciously from the news sites it carries. Dear Mark is part of our news world now. And he needs to be fully, intelligently engaged in it."

Dylan Jones in The New European: "Van Morrison tends to think that most journalists are dumber than cardboard. As one said, he takes to interviews like a duck to tarmac."

Daily Mail@DailyMailUK on Twitter: "Police create crime map that looks like a giant pink penis"

Ben Fenton ‏@benfenton on Twitter: "Slow news day?"

Daily Mail U.K. ‏@DailyMail on Twitter @benfenton"yes".

Rob Titchener in The Archers reviews the papers: "Here's another one. 'Serial Abuser Posed as Mr. Nice Guy'. My life reduced to a salacious headline. How can they live with themselves inventing this nonsense. These hacks have no idea."