Thursday, 16 November 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: The free press must not be demonised, don't let these journalists run the country and punk not dead for Sun sub-editors

Christiane Amanpour on CNN: "CNN has just revealed that Russian trolls invaded the space on EU Referendum day, June 23, 2016, pushing pro-Brexit sentiment while people were out casting their votes. Chillingly, one report said, one of the most dangerous places for a reporter in America these days is at a Trump rally. I suppose this isn't too surprising: After all, he's branded us in the media as all being "enemies of the American people." At this time of year, we would do well to remember that we are in fact the people's best friends. Remember that anywhere in the world, only the truth we fight for guarantees freedom. And unaccountable lies lead only to enslavement. We journalists will continue to wage this battle. The free press must not be demonized."

Guido Fawkes: "It is hard to exaggerate how annoyed senior Brexiters are by today’s Telegraph front page, which splashes on the faces of 15 Tory MPs and dubs them “the Brexit mutineers”. Prominent Leavers are tearing their hair out at how politically stupid this is and are at pains to make clear it doesn’t represent their views. It’s one thing taking apart Dominic Grieve’s arguments, but monstering 15 Remainers like this very obviously risks hardening their stance."

Matt Warman MP, former Telegraph technology editor, on Twitter:
Tony Gallagher on Twitter: "I can’t see what’s wrong with p1 of the Telegraph today. It’s called journalism. Absurd over-reaction."

liz gerard‏ @gameoldgirl on Twitter: "They've been doing it for months, but it doesn't make it any more acceptable. Look at the language: it's the language of war. Over opponents of something that's supposed to be about free speech, democracy, sovereignty."

Raymond Snoddy‏ on Twitter: "I like journalists - I am one- but to have the country run by two journalists Boris and Gove - is a step too far."

Theresa May, speaking about Russia at the Lord Mayor's banquet as reported by the Guardian:  “It is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the west and undermine our institutions.”

The Times [£] in a leader on Alex Salmond presenting a politics show for Russia Today: "The decision is an insult to the victims of a murderous kleptocracy. The bravery and fates of those who have exposed the crimes of Mr Putin’s regime are unlikely to be raised by Mr Salmond in his rollicking dialogues. They should, however, be mentioned ceaselessly in media outlets that, unlike RT, are free and factual. Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist, was shot dead in Moscow in 2006. A judge found that it was a contract killing whose instigator was unknown. Ms Politkovskaya was a fierce critic of Mr Putin."

Press Gazette reports: "Two board members of Impress, which will rule on a Canary article about Laura Kuenssberg, have previously shared tweets questioning the impartiality of the BBC political editor. Maire Messenger Davies and Emma Jones also help set the standards by which the alternative press watchdog regulates its journalists as members of the Impress code committee. Impress is currently deciding whether an article on website the Canary, which falsely reported Kuenssberg was to speak at the Tory conference, breached its standards code."

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet in a statement: “We also need to examine our own behaviour as journalists when it comes to the representation of sexual harassment in the media. It’s depressing to see the predictable proliferation of women columnists commissioned to denigrate colleagues speaking out, peddling the myth that these are minor issues that have been overblown, or that they emanate from women who simply can’t cut it."

Archant chief executive Jeff Henry announcing the closure of Kent on Sunday: “It is with much regret that I am announcing that Archant is to close Kent on Sunday, with publication of its last editions on the weekend of November 24-26, 2017. It has been a challenging period for the newspaper industry as a whole and whilst we have sought to stabilise this part of the business over many years, the continuing decline in commercial revenues has had an adverse effect on this newspaper title."

Google UK managing editor Ronan Harris, speaking at the Society of Editors conference: “Now think about what a newspaper or a news programme does every day. Whether it’s 100 pages or a 30 minute programme, your products and polished and curated. They have rigorous editorial processes and an editor who is ultimately responsible. They have a beginning and an end…almost the opposite of the open web. If every piece of material on the open web had to be checked and lawyered before we surfaced an answer or showed a video that would – quite simply – break the internet. We agree that we have many responsibilities. But, as the FT wrote the other day, we’re clearly not publishers in the same way that newspapers are."

FT editor Lionel Barber, also speaking at the Society of Editors conference: “Dominant technology sites must recognise they need to take more responsibility for the content that appears on their sites. Not just fake news but also hate speech and extremist propaganda.They must drop the pretence that they are simply platforms and channels for publishers rather than media companies themselves.”

The Sunday Times [£] Headline of the Week: "And finally, more proof that news sub-editors are not in the first flush of youth. The Sun reported Priti Patel’s resignation from the cabinet under the headline “Priti Vacant”. That’s a reference to Pretty Vacant, a single released by the Sex Pistols in 1977, when the former international development secretary was just five years old."


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: Blundering Boris, George Orwell and 'fake news' and a nightmare for sub editors as Twitter ups character count

Peter Brookes in The Times
Matthew Parris in The Times [£] on Boris Johnson:  "At first he said that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “simply teaching people journalism”, in Iran. The Foreign Office has never claimed this. When her employers denied it too, in absolute terms, and her husband decried a claim that might keep his wife in jail for another five years, Johnson graciously accepted “that my remarks could have been clearer.” Grilled by MPs and served his own words, he finally today apologised if what he said was “taken out of context.” Were the quotes Johnson made up for this newspaper when he (briefly) worked here “taken out of context”? Were the personal wrongs in his subsequent private life “taken out of context”? Was the broken promise not to run for parliament while still editing The Spectator “taken out of context”? Was the dishonesty for which Michael Howard sacked him from the Tory front bench “taken out of context”? And was the £350 million per week for the NHS out of context too? Some context."

Report on Iranian TV, quoted in the Guardian“Mr Johnson’s inadvertent confession meant that she [Zaghari-Ratcliffe] was teaching some Iranian journalists - it was a gaffe that can not be covered up. The sole sentence uttered from the mouth of the UK foreign secretary put the efforts of the British media [propaganda] in vain”.

The Financial Times in a leader: "Mr Johnson has apologised “if any words of mine have been taken out of context and misconstrued”, but not for his blasé attitude. His repeated blunders suggest he may be the least distinguished figure to occupy the Foreign Office since the second world war."

Sky in a submission to the Competition and Markets Authority warning the CMA should not: “Simply assume the ‘continued provision of Sky News’ and its current contribution to plurality” if the proposed £11.7 billion takeover of the satellite broadcaster by 21st Century Fox was not approved.

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, quoted by the Columbia Journalism Review: “The kinds of things people get from a local newspaper are the kinds of things that people will continue to want one hundred years from now. What’s going on within my locality? What’s happening with my school system? What’s happening with my taxes? What’s happening with planning and zoning? What kind of businesses or jobs might we get? It’s only the local newspaper that is likely to be the consistently reliable source of that information.”

Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker: "In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations."

Ben McIntyre in The Times [£] on George Orwell and 'fake news': "Orwell was a better reporter than writer, with an ingrained instinct to experience, witness, verify, and debunk. He had what he himself called the “power of facing unpleasant facts”. He even foresaw the polarised “debate” on the internet, in which “everyone is simply putting a ‘case’ with deliberate suppression of his opponent’s point of view. His new statue, outside the BBC where he worked briefly as a producer during the war, is more than just a symbolic gesture. It celebrates Orwell’s belief in the existence of an elusive but empirical truth, and the human spirit that continues to seek it out despite the fake news, distorting language and alternative truths that have become the currency of modern power. Not all claims to truth are equal; some are more equal than others."

Alex Salmond‏ on Twitter after it was revealed he has joined with rebel shareholders of Johnston Press, publisher of The Scotsman, who want him to be chairman of the group: "Johnston Press has great titles and some great people. It needs a senior management team to match that commitment."

Scotsman editor Frank O'Donnell in an opinion article in his paper: "The idea of Mr Salmond being chairman of Johnston Press and restricting his involvement to prosaic monthly business meetings seems highly unlikely. With The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday as well as 25 Scottish weekly titles, would he really sit patiently and let editors take decisions on stories? Those who know him well say he will want to get involved. And once a chairman starts to call an editor asking about a story, alarm bells should start to sound for editorial independence. It has long been known that nationalist supporters in Scotland have coveted a quality daily newspaper that supports the Yes movement and have looked at buying The Scotsman to further their agenda."

Editors and directors of leading international news organisations urging an investigation to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta,  in a letter to Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European Commiossio, as reported by the Guardian“Daphne’s murder, combined with the structural issues the commission identified, demonstrate the need for a full investigation into the state of media independence in Malta by the commission. We ask that you use your office to engage the Maltese government in urgent dialogue to ensure that it is aware of its obligations as a member of the European Union to uphold the rule of law, and to maintain press freedom and free expression."

Committee to Protect Journalists' Europe and Central Asia program coordinator Nina Ognianova calls for the freeing of  Igor Rudnikov, editror-in-chief  of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa"We call on Russian authorities to immediately release Igor Rudnikov and drop all charges against him. The federal authorities must promptly investigate Rudnikov's beating in custody and bring those responsible to justice."

Mike Lowe‏ @cotslifeeditor on Twitter: "Nooooo. I've been given 280 characters. It's a nightmare for subs who delight in keeping things short and succinct."
Tim Walker‏ on Twitter: "Long tweets are already starting to bore me. Brevity is the soul of wit. And they will require too much thinking from Mr Trump."
David Yelland‏ on Twitter: "Trust the current PM to make a Corbyn victory close to inevitable on the same day Twitter doubles its character count so we can go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about Priti Patel (and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on........)"
J.K. Rowling‏ on Twitter: "Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework."
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: From the countries where the killers of journalists get away with murder to sex pest politicians and the press

Elisabeth Witchel, Campaign to Protect Journalists' Impunity Campaign consultant: "Impunity in the murders of journalists can be an intractable cycle stretching over a decade or more, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' 10th annual Global Impunity Index, a ranking of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. Seven countries on this year's index have been listed every year since the index launched a decade ago--including Somalia, which is the worst country for unsolved murders for the third year in a row. Impunity thrives in conflict environments, where powerful actors often use violent intimidation to control media coverage, while weak-to-nonexistent law and order increases the likelihood of attacks."

Among the findings from CPJ's data on murdered journalists:
  • Four countries on this year's index-India, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Philippines-are on the governing council of the Community of Democracies, a coalition dedicated to upholding and strengthening democratic norms.
  • About 93 percent of murder victims are local reporters. The majority cover politics and corruption in their home countries.
  • Political groups, including Islamic State and other extremist organizations, are the suspected perpetrators in one third of murder cases. Government and military officials are considered the leading suspects in about a quarter of the murders.
  • In the past 10 years, around 30 percent of murdered journalists were first taken captive-higher than the historical average of 22 percent since CPJ began tracking in 1992. The majority of those taken captive are tortured, sending a chilling message to the victims' colleagues.

Caroline Cadwalladr in the Observer on the links between Trump, Assange, Bannon and Farage: "(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.) In these post-truth times, journalists are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of water and a wet hankie. We desperately need help. We need public pressure. We need parliament to step up and start asking proper questions. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them."

Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage on Twitter: "Ridiculous claims in The Guardian are fake news. There is no grand conspiracy - they are just desperate.'

Emily Bell in the Guardian on political advertising on social media: "In getting to grips with this problem, politicians and the media are realising that the way we think and talk about different types of messages has been well and truly broken. Social media has made a practice – and a fortune – out of erasing traditional boundaries between different types of material. Where once we had propaganda, press releases, journalism and advertising, we now have “content”. Where once we had direct marketing, display advertising and promotions, now we have “monetisation”. Where we once had media owners, ad agencies and clients, now we have “partners”. Who could possibly object to partners monetising their content? It sounds so mutually beneficial and efficient. On the other hand neo-Nazis paying to target pensioners with racist propaganda has a less wholesome ring to it."

FBI memo released on the assassination of President John Kennedy on a tip-off received by the Cambridge News, as reported by BBC News: "The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up. After the word of the President's death was received the reporter informed the Cambridge police of the anonymous call and the police informed MI5. The important point is that the call was made, according to MI5 calculations, about 25 minutes before the President was shot. The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of this kind before, and MI5 state that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record."

Tim Shipman in the Sunday Times [£]: "One man who is now a serving cabinet minister placed his hand on the thigh of a senior female journalist in full view of his frontbench colleagues at a party conference dinner some years ago and announced: 'God, I love those tits'... A Liberal Democrat peer’s career is also in danger after inviting a succession of female journalists to lunch while insisting that they wear knee-high boots and short skirts.”

Julia Hartley-Brewer‏ @JuliaHB1 on Twitter: "This "incident" happened in 2002. No one was remotely upset or distressed by it. My knees remain intact."

Dan Hodges@DPJHodges on Twitter: "Here's something Labour could do to show they take sex assault allegations seriously. Expel members abusing journalist who report it."

Michael White on The Media Show, via Guido Fawkes: “The power doesn’t all lie on one side; clever, attractive young women looking for stories. They can play the power game to poor old, ugly backbenchers with bad breath… No, I'm not saying it's their fault, they are predators.”

Kate McCann‏ @KateEMcCann on Twitter: "So, according to @michaelwhite, as a female lobby journalist I am a "predator" who tricks "poor old ugly backbenchers" to get stories ...As if it's not hard enough to be taken seriously as a woman working in politics without senior male journalists saying this stuff. Furious."


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: From Donald Trump boosts young paying for news media to the Facebook move which should terrify publishers

The Times [£] in a leader: "Researchers have found that millennials in the United States are subscribing to traditional news publications in record numbers. Since the election of Donald Trump, old titles like The Economist, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have seen much of their subscriber growth among under-35s. The picture on this side of the Atlantic is less clear, but there are signs that British youngsters will pay for their news too. According to research by Compass, a media start-up, two thirds of students at Russell Group universities say that they would pay a regular fee for journalism they trust."

News UK’s chief operating officer David Dinsmore speaking at the Press Gazette Digital Media Summit:
“We have arrived at a moment in time and it is not an exaggeration to say that where we go from here will shape our democracy and society. We will either forge genuine, mutually beneficial partnerships between news gatherers and platforms or we will watch as the news becomes ever more fake and public faith in democracy collapses.”

Anna Bridgeman‏ @HouseofBargain on Twitter: "Fully support #payinterns. I interned for almost a year in London, 4 years ago (in various national magazines) and wasn’t paid a penny."

Yevgenia Albats, a Russian magazine editor, quoted by the Guardian after Tatyana Felgenhauer of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, was stabbed: “The amount of aggression directed towards liberal journalists in this country from state media and elsewhere is overwhelming and non-stop. Nobody is going to defend us; we’re the enemies of everyone.”

Former US President Jimmy Carter, interviewed in the New York Times: “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about, I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Donald Trump on Twitter: "Keep hearing about "tiny" amount of money spent on Facebook ads. What about the billions of dollars of Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC & CBS?"

Brexit backer Aaron Banks in a statement to Newsnight:
“Since the referendum result and my support for Donald Trump I’ve been the subject of politically motivated attacks by mainstream media and Remain-supporting institutions. It comes as no surprise that Newsnight would join the party at this late stage with their own particular type of trashy News of The World journalism. After allegations of me being a Russian spy, part of a worldwide conspiracy to subvert democracy, the only surprise is how long its taken for Newsnight to have a pop at me. BBC Fake News is alive and well.”

Kurt Wagner on Recode"Facebook may make it harder for people to see publishers’ stories, unless those publishers pay to promote them. As part of a new test in six countries, Facebook is taking content from publishers and businesses out of its main feed. Instead, those posts will exist in a separate, hard-to-find feed that Facebook recently launched for discovering new stuff, called the 'Explore Feed.'...Though Facebook claims it doesn’t plan to roll this out globally right now, the fact that Facebook is even testing it should be terrifying for publishers, almost all of whom rely heavily on Facebook’s News Feed for distribution."


Friday, 20 October 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: Murder in Malta puts spotlight on attacks on the media worldwide as President Trump twitter rages at US journalists

The Malta Independent in a leader on the murder by a car bomb of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia:  "All over the social media people have been crying this was a black day for Malta. And that democracy is under threat. It was indeed a black day. But as regards the survival of democracy, that depends on each and every one of us.  As we said after the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, JesuisCharlie, so too we say today IamDaphne. Her spirit must come to inhabit each and every one of us."

Matthew Caruana Galizia on Facebook"My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists. But she was also targeted because she was the only person doing so. This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: the last person left standing is often a journalist."

The New York Times in a leader on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia: "For journalists around the world, this is the new normal. They are rounded up en masse and imprisoned in Turkey and murdered in Russia and the Philippines. In India, they have been slapped with spurious defamation suitswhen they report on suspicious doings of the powerful, and beaten by mobs and killed for their reporting — Gauri Lankesh was gunned down last month in front of her home. Even the president of the United States questions the patriotism of journalists for doing their job and taunts them in front of angry crowds."

The Guardian in a leader: "It is not special pleading to point out that journalists and journalism are facing extraordinary challenges: Mrs Caruana Galizia is the 10th journalist worldwide to die this year – and the second in Europe – in pursuit of finding the truth. The assassination of an investigative journalist, one who had unearthed serious allegations of money laundering and corruption in Malta, a European Union state, speaks volumes about the threat to freedom of speech in that country and the atmosphere of impunity and violence that has taken hold in the Mediterranean archipelago... Her bravery cost her her life. It should not be lost in vain."

The Times [£] in a leader: "It is unconscionable that a Nato member benefiting from the most valuable mutual security guarantee in the free world should be trampling so blatantly on a fundamental advantage it can offer its own citizens — that of freedom of expression. Mr Erdogan’s government has jailed more journalists than any other country. It has shut down more than 150 media outlets as part of a state of emergency proclaimed last year. It claims that the courts are acting independently in special circumstances created by the failed coup in Ankara and elsewhere. In reality, as the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has noted, 'Turkey’s judicial system has become an instrument of persecution'.”

Damian Green to lobby journalists about the Evening Standard, as reported by Politics Home: “The Evening StandardRussia Today with less George Galloway.”

Quentin Letts to Polly Toynbee on the Today programme: “Do you know, whenever I’m on with Polly I wish I could just pin her to the ground and tickle her under the armpits and make you smile my dear!”

Polly Toynbee on Quentin Letts in the Guardian: "Pin me down? Tickle me? Can you imagine him saying that to Simon Jenkins or Jonathan Freedland? There was no harm done: I’m not vulnerable. But on Twitter there was anger at another wearying reminder of the extent to which contempt for women informs the Mail culture."

Walter Merricks CBE, the chair of IMPRESS, in a statement after the High Court rejected a claim by the News Media Association, representing major publishers, that IMPRESS should not have been recognised as a press regulator: "This judgment shows that the system of externally verified self-regulation, recommended by Sir Brian Leveson, is fully functional. We can now get on with the important job of upholding high standards of journalism. At a time when the news publishing industry is under massive pressure, IMPRESS is uniquely able to reduce publishers’ legal risks and enhance their standing in the eyes of audiences and advertisers. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the NUJ, Sir Harry Evans and many others in and around the industry, and sorry that the NMA have wasted so much time attacking IMPRESS, which meets the standards that they refuse to meet"

The News Media Association in a statement, reported by The Times [£]: “Impress is a state-sponsored regulator funded almost entirely by one wealthy individual, Max Mosley, and headed by a chief executive who has admitted to holding biases against leading newspapers and journalists. Impress cannot and never will be a regulator for the UK newspaper industry which remains wholly opposed to Section 40.”

Nick Cohen in the Observer: "Instead of being populated by serious thinkers, Brexit’s thinktanks are filled with propagandists, tabloid hacks and tax-exile newspaper proprietors. Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are columnists turned politicians. The Sun, Telegraph, Mail and Express do not just cheer on the cause while the grown-ups make the real decisions, as they did in Margaret Thatcher’s day. They are what brains the Brexit campaign possesses."

Donald J. Trump‏@realDonaldTrump on Twitter: " '46% of Americans think the Media is inventing stories about Trump & his Administration.' @FoxNews It is actually much worse than this!"

Donald J. Trump‏@realDonaldTrump on Twitter: "So much Fake News being put in dying magazines and newspapers. Only place worse may be @NBCNews, @CBSNews, @ABC and @CNN. Fiction writers!"

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Media Quotes of the Week: From did Harvey Weinstein buy journalists' silence? to how the Daily Mail helped John Lennon write Beatles' songs

Rebecca Traister in The Cut on an altercation between Harvey Weinstein and her boyfriend after she asked a question he didn't like: "Such was the power of Harvey Weinstein in 2000 that despite the dozens of camera flashes that went off on that sidewalk that night, capturing the sight of an enormously famous film executive trying to pound in the head of a young newspaper reporter, I have never once seen a photo. Back then, Harvey could spin — or suppress — anything; there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine."

Tina Brown in the New York Times: "Harvey spent most of the hours of his working day ensuring that all the bad stories went away, killed, evaporated, spun into something diametrically its opposite. It was a common sight outside a Harvey opening party to see one of his publicists trapped in a car on the phone, spinning — spinning the dross of some new outrage into gold...When I founded Talk magazine in 1998 with Miramax, the movie company Harvey founded with his brother Bob, I also took over the running of their fledgling book company...It was startling — and professionally mortifying — to discover how many hacks writing gossip columns or entertainment coverage were on the Miramax payroll with a 'consultancy' or a 'development deal'."

How The New York Times broke Weinstein story
Amol Rajan‏@amolrajanBBC on Twitter: "Hey you guys who hate the mainstream media. It’s thanks to @nytimes that Ailes and now Weinstein are exposed. Courageous, patient reporting."

Roy Greenslade on his Ipso blog:  "What is crystal clear is that the future of journalism depends on publishers securing a guaranteed form of income. And the best hope lies in recouping money from the two major Silicon Valley giants, Google and Facebook, which use newspaper journalistic content while attracting a huge share of available advertising...It is vital that Google and Facebook are persuaded of the benefits of sharing some of their profits with established news providers...I can accept the loss of newspapers (just about). What I cannot countenance is the loss of the journalism they have provided for 160 years and more. "

James Harding in an announcement to staff that he's leaving the BBC, as reported by Media Guido: “There is some journalism that the BBC, for all its brilliance, can’t, and probably shouldn’t, do. And that’s what I want to explore: I am going to start a new media company with a distinct approach to the news and a clear point of view. I know I will enjoy the chance to do some more journalism of my own and, at such a critical time, I’m seriously excited about the prospect of building a new venture in news.”
  • David Yelland‏ on Twitter: "Sign of a digital era when an editor leaves to make and build news not work for the owner of a press or studio..."

Albert Read, managing director of Condé Nast Britain, quoted in the Guardian on why monthly magazine Glamour was switching to a digital first strategy with just two print editions a year: Today’s Glamour consumer moves to a different rhythm than the one who bought the magazine when it launched in 2001. It is a faster, more focused, multi-platform relationship."

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop in The Times [£] after a judge rejected a Herts Police request that the magazine hand over a list of subscribers in three counties after a joke cut out from its pages was sent to a force employee: “I was surprised when the police contacted us over this, really surprised when they insisted that they were serious and absolutely amazed when they went to court over it. What was not in the least surprising was that the judge threw the case out.”

John Harris in the Guardian: "Even partisan commentary can be rooted in the principles of good journalism, so long as it does not ignore uncomfortable facts, blindly offer support to parties or leaders, or distort actuality to score political points. More than that, though, the idea of journalism as a route to the truth is every bit as worthwhile as it ever was. But it is also under threat. In the Facebook age, outlets that value the idea of dispassionate inquiry and dogged research are feeling the pinch, while a great ocean of polemic, often written for nothing and barely interested in the world’s endless complexities, grows ever larger."

Owen Jones in the Guardian: "In this year’s election, four out of 10 voters just opted for a Labour party offering an unapologetically socialist platform. It is a travesty that the ideas represented by that manifesto remain fringe opinion in the British press. Our media has a straightforward choice. Cater for the growing demand for dissenting views – or be challenged by new media outlets that do."

Donald J. Trump‏ on Twitter: "Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"

Trump speaking in the Oval Office, as reported by The Hill“It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write, and people should look into it.”

Former New York Daily News gossip writer Lloyd Grove on Trump in the Columbia Journalism Review: "His current cold war with the press—featuring name-calling, antagonism, and bitter feuds—runs counter to a media strategy that served Trump well his entire adult life. Through a combination of ego, ruthless energy, laser-like focus, utter availability, and even charm, he controlled the narrative about himself for the better part of four decades—especially in the New York tabloids, of which I was a part—and turned his name into a valuable commodity. Now he has lost that control, and Trump simply has no idea how to respond."

Cotswold Life in an editorial: "It may come as a terrible shock to those who live in their own ‘Hate the Daily Mail’ bubble, but working class hero John Lennon was actually a reader of that much-reviled (and very successful) newspaper. The evidence comes at us direct from 1967 and the lyrics to A Day in the Life from the ground-breaking Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. On January 7 of that year, the Mail carried a report about the death of a friend of Lennon’s, Tara Browne, who drove into the back of a lorry at 106mph in Kensington. 'He blew his mind out in a car...' That same day’s newspaper also carried a story about there being 4,000 potholes in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. So the Mail helped pen some famous Beatles’ lyrics. Now there’s not many people know that..."

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