Thursday, 24 May 2018

Media Quotes of the Week: From Donald Trump told journalist why he bashes the press to Ken Livingstone's pet 'Adolf' story was fake newts

Donald Trump revealed why he bashes the press, according to 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, as reported by CNBC "You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you."

Peter Barron @PeteBarronMedia  on Twitter: "Love the way the @MENnewsdesk has marked today's first anniversary of the terror attack. Pure class."

Joshua Rozenberg on the Law Society Gazette on the Cliff Richard vs BBC privacy case: "I shall resist the temptation to express my own view of this case. But I know what will happen if news organisations are prevented from identifying suspects and perhaps even unconvicted defendants. Names – sometimes accurate, sometimes not – will start circulating on social media. The mainstream media will not be allowed to confirm or deny those rumours. And legitimate news organisations will forfeit such trust and respect as they still have. We shall all be the poorer."

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard on Reaction on why he's giving up Twitter: "There’s much to Twitter I love, and I’ve ‘met’ some fabulous people on it. But the mechanism it gives to total strangers to infect your life with poison is too great a downside for me."

Philip Collins in The Times [£] on Tom Wolfe: "Even at the time the new journalism attracted the criticism that it was subjective and, therefore, partisan. In a way the accusation was true but not much of an accusation. It was deep reportage with an agenda and, as long as the reader was aware what he or she was getting, that was fine. And what the reader was getting was some of the best journalistic writing in the canon. At his best, such as in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which is a wonderful account of the Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey’s band of manic counter-cultural followers, Wolfe really hits pay dirt. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers skewers Leonard Bernstein’s plans to raise money for the Black Panthers and provides a template for the fashionable bourgeois leftie ever since."

Tom Wolfe quote: "I have no idea who coined the term 'the New Journalism,' or when it was coined. I have never even liked the term. Any movement, group, party, program, philosophy or theory that goes under a name with 'new' in it is just begging for trouble, of course."

Tom Wolfe quote: "God, newspapers have been making up stories forever. This kind of trifling and fooling around is not a function of the New Journalism."

Roy Greenslade in the Guardian on coverage of the Royal wedding: "In truth, two institutions, monarchy and the press, are walking hand in hand towards their doom after 400 years of interdependence. Viewed rationally, we can see how popular newspapers – which is an oxymoronic term nowadays – spent months manufacturing synthetic public excitement about the marriage. Their coverage, far from reflecting modernity, was marked by all the old tropes: fawning fascination, carping criticism, preposterous speculation and the elevation of the trivial to an implausible level of significance."

Press Gazette reports: "News publishers and broadcasters were reaping the rewards of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in sales of Sunday newspapers, online readers and TV viewing figures. Early newspaper wholesale estimates for the Sunday newspaper market, shared by the Daily Mail, put the week-on-week sales uplift at between 15 to 20 per cent. The figures, based on the expected final unsold volume returned from retail, estimated that more than 650,000 additional Sunday newspapers had been sold, with an extra £1.2m generated in UK retail sales value."

Jon Craig @joncraig on Twitter: "Very disappointed to learn reports that Ken Livingstone has or had a pet newt called Adolf, which I referred to y’day on TV & online, may not be correct. Am now told original source of this claim was satirical website “The Daily Mash”. Shame!"


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