Thursday, 21 June 2018

Media Quotes of the Week: Editors urged to call out Donald Trump as a Fascist to deviilsh ad tries to lure 'disillusioned hacks' to the PR dark side

Former Sun editor David Yelland @davidyelland on Twitter: "Every serving editor, both sides of pond, each have a hand of history on their shoulder. When the US President locked separated children up and behaved as a Fascist they need to be able to look back and say the called it right. This man is a Fascist. Call him that."

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump"Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea. Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time! Is @WaPo a registered lobbyist?"

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop after this year's Paul Foot award went to the Guardian's Amelia Gentleman for her investigation into the Windrush scandal: “Congratulations to Amelia Gentleman for a campaign that was revelatory, important and amazingly effective. This was the Windrush scandal – where a cabinet minister was thrown overboard and the ship of state nearly sank.”

Suzanne Moore in the Guardian on David Dimbleby leaving Question Time: "Who will  replace Dimbleby on Question Time? The nation frets. Who can do this demanding job of pointing to a man in a jumper and then apologising because it is a woman. Well, possibly a woman. Samira Ahmed, Emily Maitlis, Emma Barnett. There are loads of great women broadcasters around at the moment. But surely Question Time went from being unmissable event TV to eminently missable banal and tribal pantomime of spin a long time ago? Too many panelists, too many briefed-up politicians sticking to party lines, and the always spare “alternative” comedian who is neither funny nor clever."

Thomas Markle interviewed on ITV'S Good Morning Britain on why he colluded with a photographer for staged paparazzi photographs before the Royal wedding: "I thought it was improving my look, but that obviously went to hell. I didn't do this for money I did it to change my image. I was presented for a whole year as a hermit hiding out in Mexico, it was a mistake."

Mail target Patience Wheatcroft in the Guardian: "On Brexit, as so many other things, the Mail has a completely closed mind. This saddens me, as I started my Fleet Street career there, on the City pages, under the expert tutelage of Patrick Sergeant, who insisted on thorough analysis of issues and fair interviewing of individuals."

The Times [£] in leader: "Only one in 50 children can tell if a news story is real or fake, according to a survey published yesterday, and other research has found that adults are little better. It is vital, therefore, to preserve sources of information the public can trust. People buy and subscribe to newspapers like The Times because they know, from years of experience, that what appears, in print or online, is not the propaganda of a hostile foreign state, nor the attempt of a fraudster to generate clicks for commercial gain, nor a meme intended as a joke that has got out of hand. It is journalism, as it always has been."

Nick Cohen @NickCohen4 on Twitter: "Very much enjoying the long, slow vindication of @carolecadwalla. Many people, including journalists, do not understand that reporting isn't always a wham bam exclusive but months and years of knocking away at the walls, which protect powerful interests."

Lindsey Hilsum @lindseyhilsum on Twitter: "I’m excited too - and a bit nervous. It’s hard to write the biography of a friend who died.... to write with honesty and love about someone whom so many people cared about and who was a role model for many young journalists."

Job ad for a "disillusioned hack" to join  PR company, on HoldTheFrontPage: "Rhizome Media, a PR firm made up mostly of ex-hacks, is looking for an experienced (and probably thoroughly disillusioned) journalist who is happy to sell his or her soul to the devil for the right price. To hell with it, money makes the world go round."


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