Thursday, 6 October 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: Shock as French press leads on Theresa May not Kim Kardashian to reader sings the praises of The Times' sub editors

Le Monde: May leads not Kim
A shocked Daily Mail reports: "When news broke that Kim Kardashian had been held up at gunpoint inside her luxury apartment in Paris, people around the world reacted with shock and horror. But in France, where the terrifying incident occurred early on Monday morning, the story failed to make the front page of all but one major newspaper. On Tuesday, Le Parisien was the only paper to highlight the 35-year-old's night of terror as five masked gunmen stormed the Hotel Pourtalès behind the Madeleine church. The French media abide by strict privacy laws and are also sniffy about celebrity culture so it is not unusual for them to avoid stories about Kim Kardashian."

Press Gazette on the guilty verdict against Mazher Mahmood for plotting to pervert the course of justice: "Following the verdict, it was announced that 18 civil claims were being launched against Mahmood which could total some £800 million. Media lawyer Mark Lewis said the claims would 'dwarf” those brought following the phone- hacking scandal."

Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph: "The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into football greed goes far beyond one man. It’s about the moral corruption in a whole industry, and exposing a culture where it is seen as perfectly acceptable for managers to line their pockets. Many other figures are being investigated, with more revelations to come. But if you feel a tug of nostalgia when reading about all this, it’s because such exposés are becoming rarer – and it’s this, rather than an over-powerful press, that ought to alarm politicians. Britain is, by international standards, a fairly incorrupt country. But only relentless scrutiny keeps it that way."

John Cleese @JohnCleese on Twitter on Fraser Nelson's article: "Why do we let half-educated tenement Scots run our English press ? Because their craving for social status makes them obedient retainers?"

Fraser Nelson's response to Cleese in the Telegraph: "...his [Cleese] writing fell short of the standards expected of a Spectator contributor – which is why his status as a contributing editor did not last longer than his first article. An expensive education, you see, can’t buy you everything."

Brian Cathcart on the Inforrm blog on the Allardyce story: "The sting showed us something we knew: people will often behave foolishly if you offer them a lot of money. It is hardly brave or great journalism to catch a football manager in this way, but if this is the best the Telegraph can do, then why not take on someone genuinely powerful and make a difference?"

Kelvin MacKenzie in the Sun: "The real bad boys in this affair are the sports journalists. They have been hearing this type of stuff for years and yet have never written a word about it for fear that it will ruin their cosy relationship with players, managers and ­owners. Can I explain something to them. They are not PRs for the clubs.They are ­supposed to be ­disclosing to readers, viewers and listeners what is really going on in football. Better to be banned from the ground than to not do your well-paid job properly.'

Alexandra Schulman, editor of British Vogue, interviewed in InPublishing : "Four years ago, everyone was saying in two years' time, everyone will be reading magazines on the iPad. Well I never thought they would and they aren't."

Nick Davies ‏@Bynickdavies on Twitter: "Today is my last as a journalist. It's been interesting. Now I'm going travelling."

alan rusbridger ‏@arusbridger on Twitter: "This is a sad moment. One of the very very best reporters of our time. But he's probably earned a break..."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, on proposed redundancies at Newsquest South London: “A handful of reporters, with help from a few work experience students, cannot cover half the capital. This will damage the quality of the newspapers and websites and will have a knock-on effect on circulation figures. The huge response from local politicians and London Assembly members across the political spectrum shows they fear reduced news coverage will have a negative impact on local democracy and the holding to account of councils and local businesses.”

Times [£] reader Raymond McCann praises sub editors in a letter to the paper's feedback editor: “I think these unsung heroes (and heroines) of the newspapers deserve more recognition for their work. I particularly enjoyed the clever headline on Thursday about whether the former Miss Universe who was criticised by Donald Trump for gaining weight might help Hillary Clinton’s campaign, ‘Beauty queen could tip the scales for Clinton’.”

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