Friday, 30 March 2012

Quotes of the week: From Littlejohn's Guardian nightmare to Murdoch's warning to his enemies

Stephen Moss in the Guardian on the paper's Open Weekend: "It was Richard Littlejohn's worst nightmare...5,000 Guardianistas gathered under one roof at Kings Place in London at the weekend for a festival of reasonableness."

Billy Connolly in the Observer on the press: "I truly don't care what they think of me. I've seen who they like and who they don't like, and I'm happy to be in the 'don't like' section. And I am not sad to see certain sections of the press getting their comeuppance at the moment."

Pension consultant John Ralfe on "Trinity Mirror is trying to drive a coach-and-horses through the regulatory principle that the pension scheme should not be subordinated to other unsecured creditors."

MailOnline's publisher Martin Clarke interviewed by the New Yorker: “At its best, American journalism is unbeatable. But the problem with many of your newspapers is that they became too high-minded, too complacent, and self-regarding. As they became increasingly monopolist, some of them also became—if you’ll forgive the phrase—too up themselves. They forgot that there’s a huge market out there of people who are serious-minded but also want some fun in their reading.”

Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail on the Sunday Times sting on Tory party co-treasurer Peter Cruddsas: "The departure of Mr Cruddas was the outcome of a piece of subterfuge by the reviled Press — a classic example of cutting corners in the public interest. And thank goodness for that. With the vultures of regulation hovering over British journalism, what this episode has underlined is the cardinal importance in a democracy of a Press that is truly free to expose wrongdoing."

Miriam O'Reilly, who won an age discrimination case against the BBC, in the Guardian: "From certain individuals there was a seething resentment that I had won the case, executives who were really angry that I had challenged them and won resoundingly. They didn't like it that a woman had stood up to them. There was a huge amount of resentment there."

Independent editor Chris Blackhurst at City University warns against Lord Justice Leveson recommending statutory controls to underpin regulation of the press: "If it goes anywhere near Parliament the MPs who were done over by the Telegraph on expenses could have their say. We could be in for a very torrid time."

Rupert Murdoch on Twitter: "Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing."

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