Debate around the web

In links on September 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

David Hencke has criticised the lobby system in parliament suggesting that the close relationships between ministers and journalists prevent proper scrutiny of the government.

“One glaring example was the planned part-privatisation of the Post Office. All newspapers reported that the government was legislating to sell off a third. Had anyone checked the parliamentary bill, they would have found that the legislation gave the government the right to sell half of it.

Roy Greenslade reports a mea culpa from Michael Parkinson over his abilities as a columnist:

“When I became Mirror editor in 1990 one of my first acts was to relieve Mr Parkinson of his hapless, hopeless and terrible column . . . I am delighted that almost 20 years later he has had the honesty to own up to his shortcomings.

Jon Bernstein reports on misleading media articles regarding the government’s social media strategy:

“There were some obvious inaccuracies, not least the job title, worthy of correction. As yet, scanning the print and online versions of these publications, no corrections have been made.

TechCrunch reports inconsistencies between the New York Times’ principles and the position of columnist David Pogue:

The one thing the NY Times has is its brand and its people. They aren’t first to stories but they generally get things right. Trying to hide conflicts of interest hurts that brand, particularly when they hide, hypocritically, behind an ethics statement that prohibits the behavior they’re hiding. It’s far better to keep everything in the open. Transparency is what’s important, not appearances.

Danny Baker talks to Media Guardian about his return to Five Live:

“The encroaching, suffocating layers of management who are surrounding all of it now will probably stop that just for the hell of it. Health and safety, I don’t know, but it probably will get stopped. I don’t think the public care one way or another as long as the show is any good.

Manchester United are threatening to sue Le Havre after widely reported allegations regarding the tapping up of one its youth players. The club deny the allegations which were widely reported in the British press this morning.

“In response to the wholly unfounded comments widely reported in the media of Le Havre AC President, Jean-Pierre Louvel, Manchester United wish to categorically confirm that as a matter of club policy and in accordance with the applicable football regulations, we do not offer inducements to the parents of players who sign for the club such as monetary payments or the purchase of houses,”


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