Friday, 2 July 2010

Quotes of the Week: From Andy Murray to the biggest mistake newspapers ever made

The Sun on Andy Murray: "Hurray for Murray from Surrey: HOME Counties tennis maestro Andy Murray lifted England's sporting gloom last night as he stormed into the Wimbledon semi-finals."

The Scottish Sun on Andy Murray: "The 23-year-old Scots hero."

The Daily Mail's Richard Littlejohn on England's World Cup exit:
"If The Few defended as badly as England we'd all be speaking German now."

Tobias Grubbe on England's World Cup exit:
"Our forces in the Cape have suffered a reverse."

Polly Toynbee in the Guardian: "The fate of Chris Huhne was a well-timed reminder of raw Murdoch power, sending snoopers out to trap this arch critic of News of the World phone-tapping under Andy Coulson."

Richard Woods in the Sunday Times: "Online, you can shovel out celebrity pap and press releases for virtually nothing. But properly informed reporting, analysis, investigations and the sharpest wit will cost money. That is why The Sunday Times and The Times are about to start charging a fee for their new websites, believing that it is the best interests of both readers and journalists."

Local Government secretary Eric Pickles
: "The previous government's weakening of the rules on town hall publicity not only wasted taxpayers' money and added to the wave of junk mail, but has undermined a free press. Councils should spend less time and money on weekly town hall Pravdas that end up in the bin, and focus more on frontline services like providing regular rubbish collections."

Boston Globe's Neil Swidey goes inside the mind of anoymous online poster Xenophonic: "He has no wife, no children, and a job requiring just 20 hours a week. He doesn’t follow sports, doesn’t hang out at bars or go on many trips beyond the occasional visit to play the slots at Twin River, and isn’t involved in any organizations to speak of. But he is extremely active in his community. It just happens to be one that only exists online."

Marc Reeves at news:rewired:"To all of you who are saying 'Sorry I’m just a journalist, I don’t sell advertising or organise events,' I say 'tough' that’s just the way it will be from now on. We tried it the other way and it broke. That artificial divide we created when we put the noisy people in a room marked ‘advertising’ and the studious types in another labelled ‘editorial’ was the biggest mistake newspapers and other media ever made."

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