Thursday, 17 September 2015

Media Quotes of the Week: From Jeremy Corbyn's lack of a PR team puts media in a spin to no surprises for Toynbee and Hinton in Twitter spat

Jeremy Corbyn in his first speech as leader, as reported by Sky News : "A huge thank you to all of my widest family because they have been through the most appalling levels of abuse from some of media in the last three months. It's been intrusive, abusive and it's been simply wrong. I say to journalists attack public political figures. Make criticism of them, that's o.k. that's what politics is all about. But please don't attack people who didn't ask to be put in the limelight, merely want to get on with their lives. Leave them alone in all circumstances."

Tom Clark in the Guardian: "If his first 48 hours at the helm of the Labour party have demonstrated one thing, it is that Jeremy Corbyn badly needs a spin doctor. In decision after decision, he has been making controversial calls that are bound to upset a lot of people. In case after case, however, there is at least an argument for what he is doing – and yet nobody has heard it."

Matthew Norman in the Independent: "Unless Jeremy Corbyn radically rethinks his approach to the media now – and by now, I mean this instant (or better still, via the miracle of time travel, last Saturday) – he is finished. He will never have a hearing. As an admirer, it pains me to state the obvious. But in so far as he has anything that might be dignified as a media strategy, it is suicide by naivety. He is cycling into the valley of death."

Roy Greenslade in the London Evening Standard: "It may well be seen also as a sign of Corbyn’s political naivety. Politics is, by its nature, about selling policy. That cannot be achieved through social media. Nor is it good enough to rely on tweeters screaming abuse at Corbyn’s treatment by the mainstream press in the hope that that will influence the public. The Labour leader must overcome his prejudices against newspapers and form a proper media team that wins, if not the admiration, then at least the grudging respect, of political journalists."

Times' cartoonist Peter Brookes [£] welcomes Corbyn's election: “Corbyn is a dream, really. That Lenin-style cap he wears. The beard. Of those who stood for the leadership he is by far and away the most appealing one to do. Despite the fact that he is completely f***ing up the party that I would normally be voting for, he is the most interesting.”

Private Eye Magazine ‏@PrivateEyeNews on Twitter: "So far most of our cartoonists have sent in versions of Corbyn, either as Father Christmas or as Obi-Wan Kenobi."

Paul Bradshaw ‏@paulbradshaw on Twitter: "Media academics start your engines: if ever there was a test of media influence it's going to be Corbyn and Watson."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "Please don't be too unkind to Jeremy Corbyn - he is endlessly, peerlessly amusing and it would be a great shame to lose him too soon."

Simon Duke in the Sunday Times [£]: "Next month, Trinity Mirror is expected to seal the £200m acquisition of Local World, the owner of the Cambridge News and Nottingham Post...In the past, the competition watchdog has blocked a number of deals in the local news arena, citing concerns that business would be forced to pay higher prices for ads. The growing power of Facebook and other social media means the Local World deal is likely to be waived through.  That should open the door to more mergers. Some publishing executives privately predict that, in time, this consolidation will sweep all local news outfits into one large publisher powerful enough to compete with ITV, Facebook and Google for advertising spending."

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet interviewed in the Guardian: "I would be deeply concerned about the BBC funding reporters to work for commercial newspaper groups, who should be funding proper quality local coverage themselves.”

Jessica Valenti in the Guardian: "It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m not fond of comments sections. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many female writers who are. On most sites – from YouTube to local newspapers – comments are a place where the most noxious thoughts rise to the top and smart conversations are lost in a sea of garbage."

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, on a death threat to an Irish News journalist in Northern Ireland: “This latest death threat issued against an Irish News journalist is a sinister development. There is a need for independent, fearless journalism in Northern Ireland and, in the current climate we regard the death threat as especially worrying. Journalists must be allowed to work in the public interest without intimidation. There is an obligation on those in positions of influence to work to ensure that reporters, photographers and editors are able to operate without risk or threat from any quarter. Journalists in Northern Ireland will not be deterred by such threats."

Polly Toynbee in the Guardian: "The great question now is whether the newspapers’ bully-power and political muscle to terrify politicians will force retreat once Murdoch, Dacre and the rest face the reality that staying outside a new recognised regulator could land them with colossal damages. Their current defiance suggests they are confident that the boot is always on their foot, the whip hand is always theirs – amid rumours that Cameron sorely regrets ever setting up the Leveson inquiry."

Les Hinton ‏@leshintonon Twitter: "BREAKING: @pollytoynbee atttacks @rupertmurdoch and self regulation. I love a columnist who surprises me."

Polly Toynbee@pollytoynbee on Twitter: "@leshinton @rupertmurdoch Oh Les if only you had ever surprised us!"


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