Friday, 13 June 2014

Media Quotes of the Week: Blatter gets spiked by Dyke to is Private Eye a symbol of Britishness?

Fifa president Sepp Blatter responds to Sunday Times' corruption allegations, as reported by BBC Sport: "There is a sort of storm against Fifa relating to the Qatar World Cup. Sadly there's a great deal of discrimination and racism."

FA chairman Greg Dyke responds to Blatter in a  BBC interview: "What Mr Blatter said yesterday I found offensive. I said (to him), 'I regard the comments you made yesterday about the allegations in the British media in which you described them as racist as totally unacceptable. The allegations being made have nothing to do with racism, they are allegations about corruption within FIFA. These allegations need to be properly investigated and properly answered. Mr Blatter, many of us are deeply troubled by your reaction to these allegations, it’s time for Fifa to stop attacking the messenger and instead consider and understand the message'."

Sun editor David Dinsmore, quoted in Press Gazette, over the paper's free 22 million print run World Cup edition: "We wanted to do something unprecedented and exciting to celebrate England and Englishness ahead of the World Cup. Newspapers are an important part of this country, and what better way is there to speak to the nation than in a huge free giveaway of a special edition of The Sun? We are keen to show all of England just what Sun readers enjoy every day.”

fleetstreetfox @fleetstreetfox on Twitter: "This is a man who doesn't read newspapers. You can tell. "

Patrick Wintour ‏@patrickwintour on Twitter: "Hillsborough inquest on. Phone hacking jury out. Miliband poses with Murdoch's flagship paper the Sun. How to trash your brand in 3 minutes."

Liverpool Echo reporting angry reaction on Merseyside to Ed Miliband endorsing the Sun's World Cup special, quotes a source: “He [Miliband] was left in no doubt whatsoever about what they thought. Ed Miliband said he was very, very sorry.”

Lord Justice Gross, one of the Appeal Court judges ruling that a terrorism trial should not be held in total secrecy, as quoted by the Guardian: "We express grave concern as to the cumulative effects of holding a trial in camera and anonymising the defendants. We find it difficult to conceive of a situation where both departures from open justice will be justified … We are not persuaded of any such justification in the present case."

Shami Chakrabarti, interviewed in the Sunday Times [£]: “They need a woman chair of Question Time. It’s a fantastic programme, it’s been a town-hall meeting, it’s a great British broadcasting institution, it held politicians to account during the war on terror, but it’s time for a woman.”

Paul Whittaker, editor of the Daily Telegraph in Australia, accuses Mail Online of lifting stories: “The Mail Online has serious form on these issues worldwide and it seems they are bringing that same low-rent brand of journalism to Australia. They are acting like copy snatchers and parasites who live off real reporters legwork and dedication."

Pat Keenor in a farewell column for the North Devon Journal: "Most people love to talk, so let them. And make sure you listen properly. Always write the truth as you see it. I may have made mistakes as a reporter but I can say, hand on heart, I have never written a deliberate lie."

 Robert Peston, giving the British Journalism Review Charles Wheeler lecture, as reported by the Guardian: "The relentless cycle of cost cutting at the traditional news media, and the very economical staffing of much of the new news media, gives growing and potentially worrying power to the public relations industry."

Les Hinton ‏@leshinton on Twitter: "Tales of #FleetStreet. In Cheshire Cheese (next to Goldman Sachs) the chat is of hedging & derivatives. Better eavesdropping back in the day."

Evan Davis at an IPA lunch, as reported by Press Gazette: “Really, we need, don’t we… a healthy, vibrant, five-newspaper industry, good newspapers, well resourced, print and online. We need three dailies to go out of business don’t we? There’s just a ridiculous over capacity in this market. How does that happen? We don’t seem to be seeing papers exiting the market, which is what happens when the technology changes and the demand for that product diminishes.”

Alan Rusbridger responding at the same lunch: “Well, I’m going to make a very cheap point here, Evan, and say that the same is true of the BBC. We need the BBC to go out of the market.”

Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett on Twitter: "The D Day coverage is incredibly moving & informative. All platforms coming together for a fitting multi-media tribute."

David Aaronovitch in The Times [£] on Rod Liddle's new book Selfish Whining Monkeys: How we Ended Up Greedy, Narcissistic and Unhappy"Never mind the bombast, Liddle’s pessimism about the rest of us is actually pessimism about himself. His Golden Age is bleak, his best is blown, his future is death. A panic attack is mistaken for a heart attack. The grey in his hair can no longer be disguised by Grecian 2000. He longs to be 16 and rebellious again, but doesn’t seem to have had a new idea for a decade. Now all he can do is rage, rage against the dyeing of the white."

Lindsey Hilsum @lindseyhilsum on Twitter: "The jihadis see one territory. But journalists and politicians, focussing on #Syria, have failed to report/predict #Iraq#Mosul shocks us."

Alice Adams, in a letter to The Times [£]: "Sir, Spare a thought for those with dual nationality. Shortly before 9/11 I returned to the UK on a visa-less Australian passport, having forgotten to take my UK passport on a trip down under. I was allowed in after producing a copy of Private Eye. Immigration officials agreed it was near-conclusive evidence of Britishness."


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