Friday, 15 October 2010

Quotes of the week: From who Cameron can depend on to how spite replaced Fleet Street fun

Stephen Glover in the Independent: "Mr Cameron can only depend on The Times and The Sun, and their Sunday stablemates, with whose owner, Rupert Murdoch, a deal has been sealed in blood. They will support the Coalition until it is broken on the rocks."

Dan Sabbagh in the Mirror:
"The Murdoch empire now takes the view that David Cameron owes it for supporting the Tories at the Election - although the party's lack of an overall majority would indicate that News Corp's supposed power to influence public opinion may be largely an illusion."

The Times hits back at BBC director-general Mark Thompson for joining the alliance opposing News Corp's full takeover of BSkyB: " Mr Thompson has made a serious and surprising error. First, he has embroiled his taxpayer-funded organisation in a political and commercial battle that it should have nothing to do with. Having argued that the BBC should not be regulated in the same way as normal media outlets, he has now acted exactly as an ordinary business would do, seeking to gain commercial advantage in league with News Corp’s rivals."

Andrew Marr at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on bloggers: "A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting. They are very angry people."

Paul Bradshaw responds to Marr on his Online Journalism Blog:
"This fake-debate was laid to rest years ago (is anyone really claiming that citizen journalism will replace journalism? Or still trying to compare blogging – a technical process – with journalism – a cultural construct?). As I tweeted yesterday: the year 2005 called, Andrew. They want their prejudices back."

Russell Brand in The Word magazine on Sachsgate:
"I did a stupid thing the BBC handled it badly and opportunist; negative institutions exploited the situation to help destroy one of the few remaining facets of British national life of which we can be genuinely proud. But the Daily Mail is evil and it's only a matter of time before they make a mistake. And when they do we will be ready."

US correspondent covering the rescue of the Chilean miners, as reported in the Guardian: "I'm used to being treated like a vulture but here families want to talk to you. It's kind of weird. Weird in a good way."

Colin Dunne on
Gentlemen Ranters on the good old days of Fleet Street: "Personally, I don’t think those times require a defence. If so, I’m happy to rely on Mike Molloy, the Mirror editor, as he watched his happy team clatter into the lift on the way to El Vino. ‘I always think that if they’re having a good time, it will sort of spill over into the paper.' It did. The papers then were bubbling with affection and joy and mischief – and respect for their readers. Now they bubble with spite. When the fun went out of Fleet Street, it went out of the papers too."

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