Friday, 25 April 2014

Media Quotes of the Week: From Lord Gnome's Leveson backlash to was there too much Moyes about Manchester United in the media?

Lord Gnomeson in Private Eye: "I am recommending that a truly independent new body should be set up by Royal Charter to regulate and police the conduct of all Members of Parliament. The regulatory body would be closely supervised by a Privy Council made up of distinguished journalists and editors whose duty would be to ensure that MPs comply with their statutory code of conduct, on behalf of the public interest."
  • The Sun under Kelvin MacKenzie set-up a Politicians Complaints Commission in 1993 after the Calcutt review of self-regulation of the press. I wrote about it here.

Alan Rusbridger: Reporters must learn encryption
Guardian readers' editor Chris Elliott in his Open door column on its NSA revelations: "In the UK there had been little noticeable change in attitude to the Guardian's revelations – at least in the media – until the British Press Awards on 2 April 2014, where the Guardian won newspaper of the year and also received the award for its website. Given the feelings of some editors it was a generous decision.The Guardian is still absorbing the lessons of the NSA stories but a point that [Alan] Rusbridger now emphasises in public talks, especially to journalism students, is that reporters, regional or national, must learn the basics of encryption if they are to protect sources. Before the Snowden revelations, that would have seemed eccentric."

Melanie Phillips in The Times [£]: "The Pulitzer prize, America’s most prestigious award for public service journalism, has just been given to the The Guardian and The Washington Post for publishing leaked material about western intelligence-gathering supplied to them by the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. Yet these disclosures are regarded within defence and security circles as one of the greatest acts of treachery ever committed in the West...The reaction to Snowden is an example of what I think of as the West’s auto-immune disease: turning on its allies and defenders while embracing its foes. With this Pulitzer, a self-destructive pathology seems to have been awarded its own perverse prize."

Jon Snow in The Observer"All good journalists are politically motivated and I like to think I am a good journalist. We want to help to change things."

Peter Barron ‏@EchoPeterBarron on Twitter: "Tomorrow's Northern Echo front page - bloody good job it wasn't Easington Colliery Workingmen's Club."

Community Secretary Eric Pickles on council newspapers, in the Telegraph: “It is scandalous that bloggers have been handcuffed for tweeting from council meetings, whilst propaganda on the rates drives the free press out of business. Only Putin would be proud of a record like that. Localism needs robust and independent scrutiny by the press and public, and municipal state-produced newspapers suppress that. Town hall Pravdas not only waste taxpayers' money unnecessarily, they undermine free speech.”

The Sun celebrates Will Shakespeare's birthday in style

Graham Lovelace ‏@glovelace on Twitter: "Why, when major world developments threaten peace and stability, is David Moyes leading the news agenda?" #itsonlyfootball

SubScribe blog:"There will be many who look at the papers and wonder at the amount of effort being put into this story in comparison, say, to the Korean ferry disaster. This is not only football, but also very big business, so who manages Manchester United does matter. But there are far, far more people who don't care about United than do. This was demonstrated on Twitter with tweets showing people how to cut anything to do with Moyes from their streams."

Owen Gibson ‏@owen_ on Twitter: "Is it really "BREAKING" if it's your news to break? RT@ManUtd: BREAKING: Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club."

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