Thursday 27 June 2019

Media Quotes of the Week: From Boris Johnson stalls Ferrari over when 'loved up' pic was taken to the digital news divide between the rich and poor

Boris Johnson to Nick Ferrari on LBC who asked him 26 times when the 'loved up' picture of him and girlfriend Carrie Symonds was taken: "Newspapers and other media outlets are going to want to print and speculate about what they choose. The difficulty is that the minute you say one thing, you are bringing your loved ones into the public domain in a way that is not fair...Why should I tell you when the picture was taken?"

George Osborne @George_Osborne on Twitter: "Today’s ⁦@EveningStandard⁩ as a picture of the happy couple emerges."

Stewart Wood @StewartWood on Twitter: "Evening Standard splash: Boris Johnson showing the public a picture of his private life, having spent the weekend saying he wants it to remain private, to show the public that his private life, which is no business of the public, is fine, though still private. I hope that’s clear"

Jan Moir in the Daily Mail: "Bizarrely, this supposedly super-smart, media-savvy couple opted to semaphore their message of loved-up harmony by taking part in a cheesy Mills & Boon scenario that it is tempting to call Love Among The Weeds."

Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun on the Guardian scoop on the taped row between Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds: "This form of eavesdropping, with no public interest justification, is banned under the newspaper industry’s Editors’ Code. Yet the self-righteous Guardian decided to run it on Page 1. It was a gift from the gods to our publicly funded state broadcaster, whose mission is to ridicule the Tories, rubbish Brexit and, as a bonus, destroy Boris Johnson. A flimsy tale of raised voices led every BBC bulletin for the entire weekend, while a genuine news story — a potential war between the US and Iran — took second place."

Piers Morgan on MailOnline: "Is Boris Johnson a genuine buffoon who is going to turn us into a global laughing stock? Or is it all an act? As we debate this, Americans should stop worrying so much about President Trump. By Boris standards, he’s a choirboy."

Max Hastings in the Guardian: "I have known Johnson since the 1980s, when I edited the Daily Telegraph and he was our flamboyant Brussels correspondent. I have argued for a decade that, while he is a brilliant entertainer who made a popular maître d’ for London as its mayor, he is unfit for national office, because it seems he cares for no interest save his own fame and gratification."

The Times [£] in the obit of Steve Dunleavy, the New York Post journalist who has died aged 81: "Steve Dunleavy would do anything for a story. He once approached Ava Gardner in a nightclub and she threw a glass of champagne in his face. His subsequent report began: 'Last night, I shared a glass of champagne with Ava Gardner. She threw it; I wore it'.”

The Guardian's Suzanne Moore, accepting the Orwell Prize for Journalism“We have a crisis of representation. We have it at the top: in politics, which is visible, and we have it in the media. Some things have got better, sure, but much hasn’t and that thing is class. I doubt now if someone like me could now make it a journalist.”

Manchester Evening News photojournalist Joel Goodman giving evidence against Yellow Vest activist James Goddard who was found guilty of common assault, in a statement: "Mr Goddard's direct threats have caused me to suffer months of verbal and physical abuse, both on social media and in person....Such abuse is not acceptable, under any circumstances and, in convicting him, I am glad the court has made this clear. Mr Goddard and his supporters are entitled to demonstrate freely within the law and photojournalists such as myself are entitled to report on such events, free of the fear of violence and intimidation."

Polly Curtis in the Financial Times: "There have always been people who were unnewsed, but now they no longer live in an information vacuum. Instead, these citizens still consume information and share opinions, but based on sources that are not produced with the rigour and standards of traditional journalism. Poor information for poor people; richer sources for the rest. This digital divide has serious ramifications for every element of our democracy and society."


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