Thursday, 11 June 2015

Media Quotes of the Week: From this journalism business is easy - just find corrupt people - to are local papers no longer journals of record?

Andrew Jennings in the Washington Post: "This journalism business is easy, you know. You just find some disgraceful, disgustingly corrupt people and you work on it! You have to. That’s what we do. The rest of the media gets far too cozy with them. It’s wrong. Your mother told you what was wrong. You know what’s wrong. Our job is to investigate, acquire evidence.”

Jonathan Calvert‏@JCalvertST on Twitter: "Don't think they love us. This is how Fifa responds to this morning's latest sensational @thesundaytimes revelations."

Breaking News Feed on Twitter: "The writer of the world's most legendary headline has died, RIP Vinny Musetto."

David Yelland ‏@davidyelland on Twitter: " Ah, so long Vinnie, fabuloso headline writer at @nypost - a lovely warm man, poet, total New Yorker..."

Michael Deacon in the Telegraph: "Saying voters are brainwashed by the press is snobbery. Essentially, the argument translates as: 'I, a Left-winger, am much too intelligent to let my views be swayed by the media. Unfortunately, the proles are incapable of critical thought, and therefore lift their opinions whole from the pages of The Sun. It is inconceivable that they could have formed their opinions independently; after all, independent thinkers always vote Labour, like me. Oh, why must the people I claim to stand up for be so thick?' ”

John Cleese ‏@JohnCleese on Twitter: "Piers is now asking when I'll be funny again. 'It's been a long time' Answer: 'Piers,when are you going to be talented. It's been a lifetime'."

Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan on Twitter: "Memo to the world's media reporters: until @rupertmurdoch loses the word 'executive' from his title, I wouldn't get too excited..."

Roy Greenslade on his MediaGuardian blog: "The Mail on Sunday’s circulation triumph is (cliché alert) a landmark moment. A middle market title is now the best-selling Sunday newspaper title, outselling all four red-tops and its own market rival, the Sunday Express. Toppling the Sun on Sunday from its perch is some feat and surely heralds the day - possibly in 2016 - when the Daily Mail will also outsell the weekday Sun."

Rupert Murdoch ‏@rupertmurdoch on Twitter: "More nonsense in Mail on Sunday about my views on Europe. Very different in quality from Daily Mail."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "The Press Recognition Panel has announced consultations around the UK - the main issue should be the date for its winding up."

Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson, in a letter to the editor of the Coventry Telegraph, as reported by Press Gazette“Redundancies are always a sad business and very sadly they seem to come in a never ending stream at the Coventry Telegraph.Your newspaper is a mere shadow of itself. After the present redundancies, your paper could be left with just four reporters and as few as 20 editorial staff in total. You will have hollowed out your capacity to play the important role of a free press in a modern democracy. Coventry is fast becoming a vibrant dynamic city again. What a pity that our newspaper has abandoned its responsibility to scrutinise and hold to account those of us in positions of responsibility.”

Trinity Mirror memo about staff cuts at the Birmingham Mail and Coventry Telegraph, as reported by HoldtheFrontPage: “The days are long gone when we could afford to be a paper of record and dutifully report everything that happened on our patch."

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