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supercrutch

supercrutch Report 24 Feb 2013 19:05

Errol, the particular case I am referring to which Muffy follows, sub judice is moot, as is any hope of justice.

Guinevere, I believe that re the Royal reporting, Knowing for a fact what we do know about Princess Margaret.

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 19:08

Which case is that and why is it moot?

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 24 Feb 2013 19:10

I can't agree with such a generalisation, Errol. Some reporters and editors are lower than low and not worthy of the name. What they dig up isn't news, it's intrusion into people's lives and the destruction of reputation, often falsely.

However, others are diligent, resourceful and unafraid to publish. I used to think the same of the BBC but after the squashing of the Savile programme I've had to have a rethink.

If people put themselves in front of the public then they may be asking for it but the press intrusion into the private lives of victims of crimes and their relatives is inexcusable.

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 19:15

Not a generalisation - an informed observation.
In any profession you get bad 'uns but I still maintain the British press is second to none.
To say destruction of reputation is often false I would love to see figures to back that statement up.

supercrutch

supercrutch Report 24 Feb 2013 19:29

I'll not sully the board with their name but just say 'Clarence Mitchell' ;-)

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 19:34

Supercrutch - somewhat tricky to agree with or disagree with you or at least argue a point if you won't actually be specific.
I stand by what I say because I do know a little about it

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 19:37

People criticise the press and yet they are as bad if not worse through spurious speculation on dubious websites (websites which, I hasten to add, they are often too quick to believe verbatim!)
A prime example is the McCann case

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 24 Feb 2013 19:46

1. The reporting of the interest in S&M of a murder victim's father.
2. The naming of the landlord of a murder victim with the implication he was guilty.
3. Reporting on the attempted suicide of the mother of someone in the public eye. The information gathered by hacking her phone.

I'm not going to go on and on there are enough examples out there. Perhaps I just expect higher standards than you do, Errol.

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 19:55

Guinevere I have always adhered to the strictest of standards.
Salacious news sells salacious papers.
I think any decent journalist would agree that phone hacking was wrong but it has gone on for a very long time in one form or another and in some ways is merely a modern version of doorstepping as far as privacy is concerned (please don't jump on me and say it is different because it is spying on phones as that is not what I am saying).
I know quite a bit about the subject matter and still maintain we have the best news reporting and journalistic standards in the world.

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 24 Feb 2013 19:58

I'd say we have some of the best news reporting and some high journalisitc standards. We also have some scum writing for utter rags.

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 20:19

but at the end of the day, people still buy those "rags"

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 24 Feb 2013 20:21

I have to ask Errol - you appear to be pretty clued up on journalism - could that be your background? Sounds a bit like "What's my Line" doesn't it :-D :-D

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 20:34

Having worked for many years as a journalist and about ten as a newspaper editor I feel I know a little bit about the subject matter Ann

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 24 Feb 2013 20:39

hmm - I must be clairvoyant - I might take it up to make a bit of wonga

I would have loved to have been a journalist - too late now :-(

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 20:42

Ann it certainly does not pay an awful ot

~Lynda~

~Lynda~ Report 24 Feb 2013 20:44

Ditto to what Gwynne said, but more so now :-)

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 24 Feb 2013 20:45

????????? :-S

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 24 Feb 2013 20:47

in what sense Lynda?

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 24 Feb 2013 20:48

doesn't sound too nice to me - how about you

supercrutch

supercrutch Report 24 Feb 2013 20:59

Errol, I stand by what I say because I know a LOT about it.

Lynda please go up a tree I'll meet you on a limb and bring buns ;-)