Acres of today’s newsprint have been given over to the Leveson report on press ethics and standards. More particularly to the hope that editor’s soft toy, David Cameron, will help stem the Justice backed hostile tide of public enmity towards the conniving and petty tabloid hacker.
Many “editors” like Dacre, and out of touch hacks are outraged, and this rage comes from the amoral fraternity that cries freedom of the press and threatens us with Robert Mugabe if we all dare to suggest that they have had too many decades of profit from other people’s pain. News is boys – 78% of the public want statutory regs, print that.
Notably, the Guardian, who broke the hacking story amid cries of shame from the right wing gormless, has sought to see the Leveson proposals for what they are – the most sensible and balanced attempt to regulate the press since the dawn of time.
In all these acres however the agenda that is being quietly skipped past, is that of the freedom of the press to go on printing advertising aided money.
The print media are dying, or at least shrinking, slowly – overtaken by the speed and efficiency of the personalised online media. You can now select micro and multiple news sources and filter out the dross so effectively by use of a twitter feed and online news journalism that even an old fuddy-duddy like me can see the world without the daily printed news as not a problem.
The Guardian has spent a lot of time preparing for exactly this world and, via its strong media empire, is concentrating on developing income streams from local radio and online news outlets.
I would be sad to see the Printed Guardian and Independent go – and would prefer there to be a Times and Telegraph to provide some balance, but all those hateful tabloid rags and their salacious dribbling or Little Englander bullshit…Let’s not hear any “Working class pleasures” arguments – the uneducated end of the remaining “working class” need to grow up, learn to read, tell the difference between shit and shoe shine, and buy just the latter.
So do we have to accept Leveson’s recommendations for a statutory underpinning of a sensible system of press regulation? – yes, we most certainly do. And what Robert Mugabe makes of it is no more important than what Grant Shapps makes of Charlotte Church’s sexy curves…
and also – read this too…
“…Have you stopped to consider that the system proposed might, just might provide you with the unique selling point you have so longed for? In most other industries consumers are prepared to pay a premium for an approved kitemark which guarantees excellence. Knowing that a news story complies with strict professional standards and is procured ethically can produce immense reputational and financial benefits.”