Jon Slattery

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Quotes of the Week: Why Lord Sugar loves Twitter to what Piers Morgan thinks of UK sports-writers

14 February 2014 - 1:00am

on Twitter: "What I love about twitter, I have more followers that (sic) newspapers have readers.I can expose publicly the nasty tricks they get up to."

Dave Lee Travis, as reported by the Telegraph: "I did lose my reputation as well, which I may try to get back later, but basically I want to say that I have had two trials. One trial by the media and one trial by the Crown Court and I have to say that I prefer the trial by Crown Court."

 Grey Cardigan on The Spin Alley: "If, during my time on a modest regional daily, I’d sat down to conference and one of my news editors had offered up a splash based on such flimsy, risible evidence, I’d have ripped off his fucking head and spat down the hole. And they knew it. But that was because we cared about honesty and accuracy. We jealously guarded our credibility.The nationals? I really don’t think that they cared. Liz Hurley and Bill Clinton? Two great names that will sell papers. Whack it on the front. Sure beats Wendy Deng and Tony Blair. Just something to remember the next time we have to go in to bat on behalf of our national colleagues."

on Twitter: "Jumps from Page One are so baffling. Today to pages 4/23/22/25/16. So random. Maybe it's a tactic to force us off paper to the web."

Ex-MP and former NUJ President Denis MacShane@DenisMacShane on Twitter: "Out. Thanks to Sir K and Sir K and SIr N for 6 fascinating humbling weeks and to the 100s who sent letters. Sorry journo pals. No interviews."

Garry Kasparov ‏@Kasparov63 on Twitter: "I hope the journalists in Sochi complaining about a lack of doorknobs & wifi pay as much attention to the lack of free speech & elections."

BBC statement on Winter Olympic commentators Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller's coverage of Jenny Jones' bronze medal: "On this occasion excitement got the better of them and this is something we will work on for future events."

Mail on Sunday editorial on Aidan Burley, the MP who resigned after the paper exposed his attendance at a Nazi-themed stag party: "Mr Burley’s latest resentful moans about the ‘gutter press’ and ‘despicable journalism’ are regrettable and rob his departure of dignity or grace. His jibe that The Mail on Sunday is ‘the paper with no shame’ rebounds on him. Has he none?"

on Twitter: "that's a turnaround - getting tweets from friends in Pakistan checking if we surviving the floods

Peter Preston in the Observer on Georgina Henry who died last week: "It is relatively easy to recapture the power of columnists, feature writers, reporters. Their published work speaks for itself still. But Georgina's memory will live on in a different way. In the grey wake of Leveson, when journalism itself can often seem a dirty trade in a dirty world, she was honest and sensitive and sensible and true. It was a privilege to know her and to work with her."

Piers Morgan@piersmorgan on Twitter: "UK sports-writers are so hilariously thin-skinned. They love dishing it out, but moment someone does it to them, they squeal like babies."

Daily Mail rugby correspondent  on Twitter: "I just want to say, in response to unfounded abuse on here, that is an outstanding journalist, is not."

Media Quotes of the Week: From Hope monsters Le President to Grey Cardigan savages Newsquest

7 February 2014 - 1:00am

Christopher Hope of the Daily Telegraph  to President Hollande: "Monsieur le President, I know this is a very sensitive subject for you. Do you think your private life has made France an international joke, are you still having an affair with Julie Gayet and do you wish she was here?"

News UK boss Mike Darcey on MailOnline, as quoted by Press Gazette: "It shouldn’t be confused with a business based on professional journalism ... It is largely a redistributor, rather than a generator, copying and re-writing content from social media sites, and from other traditional news outlets, including The Sun. And of course the focus is on a genre of content which is unlikely to be holding our politicians to account. So it’s not a model that 11 UK national newspapers can all follow while seeking to preserve their purpose.”

on Twitter: "Sadly Sky has not invited me to any celebrations. Guess Rupert Murdoch told them to erase me from Sky's history. Well, I only launched it!"

The Sunday Times [£] in a leader on David Hunt, the crime boss it exposed: "Even where corruption has not stood in the way of convicting those like Mr Hunt, the police have all too often been content to target the “low hanging fruit” of criminal operations — the drug couriers, dealers and other foot soldiers — rather than the much tougher task of pursuing gangland bosses. As John O’Connor, a former commander of Scotland Yard’s flying squad, puts it: “They have not been doing the nitty-gritty stuff which takes lots of resources. The hope has to be that this will change and that the new National Crime Agency (NCA) will bring Mr Hunt to justice in a way that the Met and Soca failed to do. “Someone like David Hunt is always going to be of interest to us,” the NCA said in a statement. We await developments."

: "Shocked to report that No10's commiserations must - must - have got lost in the post. On the other hand....

"A better reflection of No10's view might be Craig Oliver's text to - 'Could this be the start of a beautiful new relationship'.

: "Honourable mentions: lovely letters from Vince Cable & Ed Miliband. Rather sweet given the pounding they took(especially Vince)."

Adam Boulton in the Guardian: "I love Jon Snow, he has been a mentor of mine, but you do sometimes wonder how many presenters they can cram into their [Channel 4 News] studio. I saw Jon at a summit, he was reporting on his own. I said, 'it's nice to see you without the muppets'. It's not that the individuals are muppets, it's that idea of the big figure surrounded by a whole load of other figures all fighting over the autocue. I think it's Jon's show."

Michael Wolff in USA Today: "Journalists don't like advertising. It is both the corrupting influence and the hard taskmaster, to which they always dream of being free. But save for a few rare instances where information is so valuable or beloved that customers will pay for it, advertising is the only thing that has ever paid the news bill. We don't need journalists solving the problem of news. We need people with far more cunning and inventive commercial minds. But there are few of those."

on Twitter: "What if all journalists were gagged? . With in London thinking of colleagues in ."

Alex Stevenson of Index on Censorship: "What’s at stake here is simple: the ability of journalists to protect their sources. This is critical. Without it confidence in journalism is undermined and fewer whistleblowers will come forward in the future. This is why the government’s latest bid to make life harder for Britain’s hacks – coming so soon after the gagging bill – is so very deeply worrying.
The plans effectively scrap legal guarantees that journalists’ lawyers can contest “production orders” demanding the surrender of key documents. The measure forms part of the coalition’s deregulation bill."

on Twitter: "SallyBercow wants the media to 'leave me alone'. This the same witless woman who went in the Celeb Big Brother House."

Grey Cardigan on The Spin Alley: "SADLY, we have grown accustomed in recent years to seeing arrogant and uncaring newspaper managements shifting subbing jobs from individual newspapers to centralised production hubs. These faceless fuckwits take no account of the ruined careers and wrecked marriages left behind; their sole concern is the bottom line and the size of their next bonus. Want to keep your job? Well it’s moving to the other side of the country. Put your house on the market, find new schools for your children, tell your wife that she’s moving away from friends and family, and all because of a single stroke of a beancounter’s ballpoint. The latest victims of this pointless pogrom are 29 subs on Newsquest’s titles in Darlington, York and Bradford, whose jobs are moving 270 miles away from York to Newport in South Wales. Now we’re not talking about a bundle of nondescript weekly freesheets here which can no longer sustain their own staffs. Included in the cull are 11 subs from the Northern Echo, by anybody’s standards a ‘proper’ newspaper. Founded in 1870, it is a paragon of the provincial Press and numbers Sir Harry Evans amongst its former editors. And at the heart of this very individual newspaper are its subs, a fount of local knowledge and finely attuned to the needs of the readership."