Thursday, 25 October 2018

Media Quotes of the Week: From Guardian praises Mail's attack on Brexiteers to the editor who defied a shooting and put out a 'damn paper' every day

Follow our leaders: A Guardian leader praises a Daily Mail leader: "Instead of firing up the Brexiters for yet another act of anti-European contempt and defiance, as it had done for so long, the Mail this week turned its fire on them instead. It denounced the 'arch-Brexiteers' for their 'self-promotion and peacocking' and their efforts to undermine Mrs May...The easy explanation for this shift would be to attribute it to the new editor, Geordie Greig, who replaced Paul Dacre last month after a 26-year reign. That is a big factor. But the deeper reason is that the national mood is changing. Brexit is becoming a burden on Britain."

Donald Trump, as reported by the Washington Post after home made bombs were sent to Democrat politicians and CNN, tells the media it has an obligation to set a civil tone and should: "Stop the endless hostility and constant negative — and oftentimes, false attacks and stories."

Trump last week praising Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during his campaign, as reported by msn"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy."
  • Guardian US editor, John Mulholland, in a statement: “The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian. To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the first amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it. In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats.”

Joint statement by Germany, France and the UK over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "The violent death of Jamal Khashoggi, within the premises of the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul had been feared for many days but its confirmation still comes as a shock. Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. ‎Defending freedom of expression and a free press are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France. The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations."

Kyle Pope in the Columbia Journalism Review: "Trump doesn’t care about a dead journalist because he doesn’t care about journalism. The last two years of this presidency have shown that Trump sees a free press through a real estate developer’s smudgy lens: The truth, like an opening bid, is fungible and negotiable; the value of any single bit of information is entirely transactional, tied only to whether it helps or hurts him personally; rules and norms are for losers."

Tommy Robinson, speaking outside the Old Bailey, as reported by Press Gazette: “To the journalists… the British public do not trust you, they do not believe you. You are the enemy of the people."

The Daily Telegraph in a leader about the use by a businessman of Non Disclosure Agreements: "By stopping information about alleged deplorable behaviour becoming widely known, NDAs risk other potential targets for harassment or abuse unwittingly taking a job with an employer who they might otherwise have given a wide berth. There is, then, legitimate public interest in exposing the existence of NDAs where they point to a pattern of immoral or reprehensible behaviour by someone in a position of power and authority. This newspaper wishes to do just that. A businessman has used NDAs in at least five instances to pay employees substantial sums to stop them accusing him of sexual harassment and racial abuse. He has used considerable resources to fight disclosure, achieving an interim injunction preventing publication."
  • Sir Philip Green was later named as the businessman in Parliament.

 The biggest shareholder in Johnston Press, Christen Ager-Hanssen, owner of the Custos Group, in a statement"The behaviour of the Board of Johnstons Press Plc (“JP”) is symptomatic of today’s society in which greed, selfishness and unaccountability have become the norm. Custos is an activist Investor on a mission to fight against this type of board behaviour. When I first announced Custos' campaign to fight for shareholder rights in the autumn 2017, I said that the board is doing nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and that their only interest in JP was to protect their ability to continue with milking the company for cash. Regrettably I have now been proven right. The long and proud 250 year history of Johnston Press has now been replaced by a more recent and tragic history of rampant fee-sucking by its negligent board and incompetent advisers. And with the board’s new strategy to sell its crown-jewels, the fee-sucking will simply increase."

News UK chief David Dinsmore, speaking at the Press Gazette Digital Journalism Summit: "I am not criticising the BBC for the provision of high-quality, impartial news online. I am challenging whether it should now be for BBC News online to tell me if I should take up Tai Chi or Zumba and whether I may need to take a break from Netflix.”

Judges giving the National Press Foundation Benjamin C Bradlee editor of the year award to Rick Hutzell, editor of the Capital Gazette in Maryland, where a gunman opened fire on the newsroom killing five staff: “We saw courage in the face of unimaginable tragedy in the Capital Gazette editor and his staff. As pledged, they put out a ‘damn paper’ the next day, and every day since in service to their community. It underscores the importance of local newspapers and the unbreakable bond with their communities.”

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