Friday, 1 October 2010

Quotes of the week: From Steve Bell on Ed Miliband to setting fire to Loaded writers

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell on new Labour leader Ed Miliband: "He has huge potential for caricature. Like John Prescott and unlike Tony Blair, his face tends to betray what is on his mind. Most politicians put on a guarded expression, but his face is more open and seems to let his feelings show. He has been caught gurning a couple of times, and looked like a rabbit caught in headlights just before the result was announced. That is great, not just for me as a cartoonist but for politics."

Nick Davies at the Frontline Club on WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, as quoted by "We warned him that he must not put this material unredacted onto the WikiLeaks website because it was highly likely to get people killed. And he never really got his head around that. But at the last moment he did a kind of word search through these 92,00 documents looking for words like source or human intelligence and withdrew 15,000 docs that had those kind of words in. It’s a very inefficient way of making those documents safe and I’m worried about what’s been put up on there."

Julian Assange speaking at City University: "Nick Davies is wrong, he doesn't know."

Member of the City University audience to Times' columnist David Aaronovitch, on the same platform as Assange: "You work for a family that feel they can rule the world."

David Aaronovitch on why the editor of The Times turned down the MPs' expenses story: "He thought it was unethical to buy information that had been stolen."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on council newspapers: "The rules around council publicity have been too weak for too long allowing public money to be spent on frivolous town hall propaganda papers that have left many local newspapers looking over the abyss - weakening our free press."

Steve Dyson blogs about centralised subbing: "We all know that group editors and multi-title subbing hubs have rightly or wrongly become the norm for weekly newspapers, as companies strive to preserve profit margins. But I fear that local identities are being further swallowed up as some papers amalgamate pages across different titles as well to cut editorial and production costs."

Times columnist Caitlin Moran in a Press Gazette interview backs the paywall: "Bitch gotta make rent. . .Why is it that creative left-wing people have to start giving their stuff away for free? Topshop hasn't started to to give its stuff away."

Roy Greenslade reveals that he will be representing the News of the World in a City University debate on the lessons of the phone-hacking scandal: "I will be arguing the paper's case, not as a comic routine, but in complete seriousness. I will be the voice of the NoW throughout."

Outgoing Loaded editor Martin Daubney looks back in Press Gazette: “I set fire to writers, bailed them from Russian jails, shot them from cannons, threw them in ice pools, blew them up with napalm, made them wrestle grizzly bears and had them commit all manner of foul sex acts in the tireless pursuit of our readers’ entertainment."

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