Media Quotes of the Week: From is Jeremy Hunt the PM's human shield? to the age of the trolls
Stephen Glover in the Daily Mailon the promotion of Jeremy Hunt (top) from Culture Secretary to Health Secretary:"It’s been suggested that as long as Mr Hunt remains in government he
acts as a kind of human shield, drawing on himself criticisms over his
association with the Murdoch empire, which might otherwise be reserved
for Mr Cameron. Perhaps he also knows such things as make it prudent for
the Prime Minister to keep him close to his side. Whatever the
explanation for this inexplicable promotion, it is a thoroughly
The Sunday Times [£] in a leader comments on the Leveson Inquiry: "While many critics
hope this inquiry will recommend statutory controls, it would be a tragic
outcome if it were to inhibit freedom of speech and legitimate
investigation, even if Lord Justice Leveson intended no such outcome. The
only ones celebrating would be the rich and the powerful and Britain would
have lost yet another cherished freedom."
Grey Cardigan on Press Gazetteabout Sun intern Sophie Henderson who posed for mockup pictures of Prince Harry partying in Vegas: "Now look, I’ve had a quick glance at Ms Henderson’s Bookface page, or
whatever it’s called. She does not strike me as being a shrinking violet
and I would imagine that if she didn’t want to pose for the picture,
the hapless executive who made the request would have soon been
dispatched clutching his privates in much the same manner as the Prince.
Either way, I bet she isn’t still an intern 12 months from now…"
Trinity Mirror job ad, as reported by HoldtheFrontPage: "The advert said the successful applicants would be responsible for 'gathering and preparing market-focused content direct from communities'
for publication to readers across multimedia channels. It added: 'This is a non-journalistic role but you will be working
closely with journalists and you will need to be self-motivated with the
flexibility to work on multiple projects and meet a variety of
Journalism.co.uk reports: "The annual World Press Trends survey by the World Association of
Newspapers and Publisher (WAN-IFRA) has highlighted a 'lack of
intensity' in digital news consumption, with just 2.2 per cent of global newspaper
advertising revenues said to have come from digital platforms last year."
Ex-Daily Star journalist Rich Peppiatt on the The Journalism Foundation about his one man show One Rogue Reporter:"I can give the show a serious philosophical underpinning, but I
appreciate some will see it simply as an act of eye-for-an-eye
vengeance, albeit a satisfying vengeance against some richly deserving
targets. There is truth in that interpretation too – which is why the
person who suffers the show’s most brutal assassination is me, myself
and I. The first part of the show is dedicated to my failure to be a
journalist in anything but name. It is a necessary existential
dissection. No one wants to be lectured about press ethics by a
washed-up Daily Star hack (and certainly not pay for the privilege…) and
it is only by positioning myself as lowly as possible that I earn the
right to make some serious points amid the comedic terrorising of Fleet
Street’s great and not-so-good."
Ex-Loaded editor Martin Daubney in Press Gazette: "We live in the age of the trolls. You get a shit storm of Tweets,
in real time, for saying anything opinionated. My advice? Don’t take
online feedback to heart, be dignified and never engage in a Tweet-off
with the haters. Remember: you’re getting paid to write, they’re not.
Tall poppies will always attract scythes."
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