Thursday, 17 May 2018

Media Quotes of the Week: From forget Leveson and focus on social media and fake news to Rod Liddle is a sell-out - at the London Palladium!

The Times [£] in a leader: "Ministers were right to reject calls for another expensive public inquiry and the House of Commons affirmed its commitment to the freedom of the press. The public interest is now in allowing the media to get on with the job of holding the powerful to account rather than retreading well-trodden ground. There are more pressing issues for politicians and the public to consider. Today’s challenges are unregulated social media and fake news. The Lords should accept the verdict of the elected chamber, and look to the future, not the past."

Shadow Culture secretary Tom Watson on Twitter: "The whole point of the Royal Charter system, set up following Leveson, was to make clear that it was for the Press Recognition Panel, not government Ministers, to decide whether independent press regulators were effective. This new amendment , which gives the Secretary of State power to review the system of self-regulation every three years, undermines that whole system. It's tantamount to state interference in press regulation."

Culture secretary Matt Hancock on Twitter after the Commons rejected Lords amendment to Data Protection Bill calling for Leveson 2: "Delighted House of Commons has now voted twice - with increased majority - to defend a free and fair press. It’s time to put this Bill on the Statute Book."

The Mail on Sunday reports:"Meghan Markle's father has secretly collaborated with a British paparazzi photographer to stage a series of pictures – despite pleas from Prince Harry for the media to leave his future father-in-law alone. Thomas Markle, who will walk his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, has been caught on CCTV willingly posing for faked photographs that have been sold to newspapers around the world. Together with other pictures taken with his co-operation, they will have netted up to £100,000...The faked images include Mr Markle apparently: Being measured for a suit to wear to the wedding; being caught browsing a book of British landmarks in a branch of Starbucks; working out with weights to get in shape for the big day."

Piers Morgan on MailOnline: "Several weeks ago, Kensington Palace issued a stern warning to British media outlets demanding Mr Markle be left alone. An official letter, written by Harry’s personal communications secretary Jason Knauf, described how Mr Markle had been ‘followed and harassed’ by photographers and journalists. The letter, obviously dictated by the Prince, urged newspapers not to publish any photos of Mr Markle. Last week, Mr Markle’s own representatives also wrote to editors and to British newspaper watchdog the Independent Press Standards Organisation claiming Mr Markle was suffering as a result of press intrusion and insisting he didn’t want to take part in photo calls or interviews. Yet it now transpires that Mr Marble has been aggressively invading his own privacy and allowing the paparazzi to sell staged photos of him to the world’s media."

Zoe Williams in the Guardian on press coverage of Thomas Markle: "The Leveson inquiry could have drawn all its conclusions about the overweening power of the press from the treatment of this one man. The underpinning counter-privacy argument – that if you’ve got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear – is flamboyantly shot down in the bald reality of microscopic press scrutiny.'”

Emily Bell in the Guardian: "The inability of the UK professional press to effectively self-regulate has arisen from the fact that the largest commercial constituents in the UK have been historically the most egregious in terms of practice, and moribund in terms of moral authority."

Liverpool manager Jergen Klopp in a speech for the Football Writers' Awards: "I am probably guilty, like many on my side of it, of bemoaning “the press” at times, lumping everyone in together. But I know the game enjoys the prominence and profile in England because the media devotes so much time and energy to covering it. In some respects, those of you in this room share the same journey as the players you cover. You have to show dedication and sacrifice; you have to constantly keep learning your job and adapt to changes; you make mistakes and learn from them; you are under huge pressure to deliver. And maybe it is good old English irony that in the age of social media many of you are now subjected to the same scrutiny and comment on your performance."

Donald Trump on Twitter: "The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!"

Fraser Nelson‏@FraserNelson on Twitter: "Rod Liddle has now **sold out** the 2,300-capacity London Palladium. Something that perhaps no other journalist could do. #RodPower."


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