Guardian Nick Davies: Death of a Reporter – Sean Hoare knew how destructive the News of the World could be

Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

Here is an excerpt from a very insightful and moving piece by Guardian Nick Davies, “Sean Hoare knew how destructive the News of the World could be – The courageous whistleblower who claimed Andy Coulson knew about phone hacking had a powerful motive for speaking out

“At a time when the reputation of News of the World journalists is at rock bottom, it needs to be said that the paper’s former showbusiness correspondent Sean Hoare, who died on Monday, was a lovely man.

In the saga of the phone-hacking scandal, he distinguished himself by being the first former NoW journalist to come out on the record, telling the New York Times last year that his former friend and editor, Andy Coulson, had actively encouraged him to hack into voicemail.

That took courage. But he had a particularly powerful motive for speaking. He knew how destructive the News of the World could be, not just for the targets of its exposés, but also for the ordinary journalists who worked there, who got caught up in its remorseless drive for headlines. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger: How We Broke the Murdoch Scandal

Monday, 18 July, 2011

Here is an excerpt from Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger Newsweek article: How We Broke the Murdoch Scandal – Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on his dogged reporter, a U.S. ally—and a gamble that finally paid off,

The tipping point came some time around the new year. The stream of civil legal actions became a torrent. The police became seriously engaged at last, appointing a new 45-strong team to do what had so glaringly not been done back in 2006. It has so far said that it has informed 170 out of nearly 4,000 targets. The regulator ripped up its old report as worthless. And then came the revelation by Nick Davies that NoTW had hacked into the phone calls of the missing teenager Milly Dowler, deleting her voice messages so that it could listen to new ones. That single action—which had given Milly’s parents hope during the dark days before it was confirmed that she had been murdered—caused a surge of revulsion from which NotW found it hard to recover.

Rarely has a single story had such a volcanic effect. Suddenly you couldn’t keep the politicians, journalists, police officers, and regulators off the TV screens. Police officers lined up to apologize for oversights and errors of judgment. M.P.s were suddenly saying very publicly things that, a fortnight earlier, they would only have whispered. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Dylan music podcast – UK Guardian

Saturday, 21 May, 2011

Music Weekly podcast: Bob Dylan special – As Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday approaches, Emmy the Great and the Guardian’s Stephen Moss join guest presenter John Harris in choosing their favourite Dylan tracks” – UK Guardian

Quite interesting to listen. Highly recommended.

Guardian’s iPad Eyewitness app – Love it!

Saturday, 23 April, 2011

I’ve been using the Guardian’s iPad Eyewitness app for a while and I love it!. Here is a YouTube demo of the app by a photographer. [HT Guardian eyewitness]

Here is another explanation.

Curveball’s Lies and History

Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

For the record and a chance to learn from history, here is UK Guardian exclusive interview and story of Curveball‘s admission of WMD lies that triggered the Iraq War.

* “Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war (with video interview of Curveball)
• Man codenamed Curveball ‘invented’ tales of bioweapons
• Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime
• Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion”

* “Curveball’s lies – and the consequences – Details of what the Iraqi defector said about WMD, and how it was used by Germany and the United States


Feb 17, 2011 Update: UK Guardian, “Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball’s WMD lies – Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence

How To Report The News

Sunday, 31 January, 2010

UK Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker has this interesting and funny take on the news language, and “How To Report The News” in the following clip.

Here is an excerpt from Charlie’s column “‘Take Me Out is a cross between Blind Date and Boots’ Here Come The Girls campaign’

If you’re not familiar with the [TV show] format (maybe you had harpsichord practice last Saturday), it’s a studio-based cross between Blind Date and Boots’ mortifying Here Come The Girls campaign. I’m willing to bet Here Come The Girls was a working title. It’s hosted by Paddy McGuinness, who arrives on the studio floor by descending down a huge glittery pipe, like a showbiz turd being flushed into the nation’s lap. He introduces 30 women – yes, 30 – who march in jiggling their tits and blowing kisses at the camera, cackling and screaming and winking like a hen night filling the front row at a Wham! reunion. It’s a crash course in misogyny.

The girls line up behind a row of illuminated podiums, and the first of the men arrives, sliding down the same pipe Paddy used earlier (if you’ll pardon the expression). Said bloke must impress the women by speaking, dancing, performing party tricks, and so on, like a jester desperately trying to stave off his own execution at the hands of a capricious female emperor. If he does a back-flip and six of the girls didn’t like the way his buttocks shook as he landed, they switch their podium lights off, thereby whittling down his selection of available mates, and by extension, the gene pool.

[…] The clever bit – in format terms at any rate – is that the girls return each week, so we get to know their “characters”. And they’re all “characters”. There are mouthy ones, stupid ones, sweet ones, gothic ones, young ones, old ones, and identical twin ones. All human life is here, apart from anyone you’d actually want to spend the rest of your days with. Or more than about an hour on a Saturday night, come to that.In summary: yes, it’s horrible. But that’s its job.

Companies to shape the decade: China Mobile

Tuesday, 12 January, 2010

UK Guardian has a “Companies to shape the decade” series, the China Mobile article is an interesting one to read.

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