Thursday, 14 July 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: From how Cameron gave Steve Bell a line for a farewell condom cartoon to Eagle cries 'Robert Peston, where are you?'

David Cameron to cartoonist Steve Bell, according to this Guardian video: "You can only push a condom so far."

Serena Williams puts down journalist who asked her if women tennis players deserve equal pay with men after playing shorter matches: "Yeah, absolutely. I mean, if you happen to write a short article, you think you don't deserve equal pay as your beautiful colleague behind you?"

UKIP's biggest backer Aaron Banks interviewed in the Sunday Times [£] praises the Guardian: ''I found their referendum coverage better than any other paper. Well-written, fantastic.”

Scott Gilmore, the lawyer who led the investigation into the killing of journalist Marie Colvin in a rocket attack by Syrian Government forces, quoted in the Sunday Times [£]: “Marie Colvin was killed for exposing the Assad regime’s slaughter of innocent civilians to the world. The regime wanted to wage a war without witness against the democratic opposition. To do that, they needed to neutralise the media.”

Kath Viner in the Guardian"When the prevailing mood is anti-elite and anti-authority, trust in big institutions, including the media, begins to crumble. I believe that a strong journalistic culture is worth fighting for. So is a business model that serves and rewards media organisations that put the search for truth at the heart of everything – building an informed, active public that scrutinises the powerful, not an ill-informed, reactionary gang that attacks the vulnerable. Traditional news values must be embraced and celebrated: reporting, verifying, gathering together eyewitness statements, making a serious attempt to discover what really happened."

Andrea Leadsom MP ‏@andrealeadsom  on Twitter: "Truly appalling and the exact opposite of what I said. I am disgusted."

Andrea Leadsom MP @andrealeadsomon on Twitter: "@thetimes @RSylvesterTimes this is the worst gutter journalism I've ever seen. I am so angry - I can't believe this. How could you?"

A Times spokesman told BuzzFeed News: “We stand by our story, and have released the transcript and audio recording of the relevant section.”

Nick Cohen‏ @NickCohen4 on Twitter: "Asking a question and faithfully transcribing the answer is now the 'gutter journalism' of a 'sick press'."

Joanne Cash‏ @CashJoanne on Twitter: "As a libel barrister my advice to the Times is you have a cast iron defence called TRUTH."

Trevor Kavanagh on the Brexit vote in Press GazetteAfter the 1992 election we infamously said it was the Sun wot won it. That was probably an emotional spasm of release rather than a claim of actual impact. Most readers form an opinion well in advance of an event, whether it’s an election or a referendum, I think if anything it was the Remain camp and project fear which influenced people more than the Brexit campaign. I suspect that had the Remain camp delivered a more upbeat and sunny view of what life was like arguing the benefits of remaining in the European Union they would have done better.”

Angela Eagle after launching her bid to be Labour Party leader finds political correspondents are covering Andrea Leadsom's shock exit from the Conservative Party leadership race instead  "BBC anyone? No? OK, Robert Peston, where are you? No? Michael Crick?"


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