A white Oxford educated, grammar school girl V a white Oxford educated, public school boy…
This week the Guardian ran a withering article by Martin McNulty about the new Apple Watch. In it McNulty accuses Apple of losing all credibility, likens the watch to the much-maligned Bluetooth headset and concludes by assuring readers that Steve Jobs would basically be turning in his grave.
So, who is this Martin McNulty? He’s the chief executive of marketing companies Forward3D and Locaria, whose clients include Kering, the owner of luxury watch manufacturers Ulysse Nardin, Jean Richard and Girard-Perregaux.
The home of quality journalism…
The Guardian have admitted that the scathing hatchet job they wrote about US tech company Whisper was largely false. Back in October the home of ‘quality journalism’ breached just about every tenet of media integrity after the reporters they sent to work on a media partnership with Whisper wrote a slimy exposé about them. As a result of the accusations that Whisper (who pride themselves on keeping their users data private) were spying on their customers, the company’s fortunes plummeted and senior management heads rolled.
Facts are sacred…
Via his Instagram:
“So I took this unremarkable picture on Hampstead Heath this morning while being photographed by@davidlevene. The minute speck in the middle of the picture became very upset… and 10 minutes I was being cautioned by a police officer on behalf of @davidlevene for his illegal use of a tripod. Unlike some editors I believe in taking the rap when caught red-handed”
Free the Islington one!
UPDATE: Rusbridger speaks.
Media commentator Roy Greenslade reports that the Sun’s circulation was down to 1,842,284 copies a day in February, a fall of 6.89%. Professor Greenslade, writing in the Guardian, speculates as to if it is due to the suspension of the traditional Page 3 Girl from the print edition – though she can still be found in all her glory in the online edition.
Greenslade does a fairly balanced analysis of the situation over a thousand or so words. It is only when the determined Guardian reader reaches the fourth last sentence of the column that he learns that the Guardian itself actually had a worse drop in readership of 10.34%. The worst performance of any national daily newspaper in the country. Mind you the Sunday sister-paper, The Observer, lost 11.28% of its readers…
There is another election result due soon…
UPDATE: Media Guardian beats Media Guido for once….
Staff of the Guardian and Observer have voted in favour of Katharine Viner, the current editor-in-chief of Guardian US, in an indicative ballot on who should be the next editor-in-chief after Alan Rusbridger steps down after 20 years this summer.
Some 53% of those who voted backed Viner with a first choice vote of 438. In second place was Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a non-executive director of Guardian-owner the Scott Trust with 188 votes. Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief of theguardian.com, was in close third place, with 175 votes. Wolfgang Blau, GNM’s director of digital strategy, received 29 votes.
The Guardian editor pitches are out, with some deliciously cringworthy brown-nosing submitted in the“candidate statements” of the new wannabe Rusbridgers.
Janine Gibson, one of the favourites, goes for the Islington vote:
“we’re a meeting place for the communities we create around shared passions whether its county cricket, poetry, theatre or watching strangers date wearing Google Glass”
Hotly-tipped Katharine Viner has some innovative crowd-pleasing ideas:
“Themed roles would help us tell a coherent international story: correspondents for water, fossil fuels, women’s rights, a 1% correspondent.”
Meet Wolfgang Blau, the ‘check your privilege’ candidate:
“In regards to our journalistic portfolio, I would like to propose that we substantially increase the diversity of voices – politically, as well as ethnically… I am not a woman and I have not grown up in the United Kingdom. I can only promise to you that as the Editor-in-Chief – should you vote for me and should the Scott Trust choose to appoint me – I will do everything I possibly can to make sure women succeed in their careers at the Guardian.”
While Emily Bell goes for the tried and tested butter ’em up approach:
“This is a defining moment for the Guardian. You are among the very best journalists in the world. You have produced stories that have challenged the powerful – from News Corp and Scotland Yard to the US intelligence agencies – with courage and brilliance.”
Last night the Telegraph dismissed the Guardian as “cushioned from commercial reality by a generously-endowed charitable trust”, this afternoon they accuse them of hypocrisy:
“in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.
A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian’s website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.”
Challenged by Toby Young on the Daily Politics, Owen Jones swerved the question of the Guardian attacking offshore tax shelters whilst sheltering half-a-billion of its assets in the Caymans:
“I am not responsible for my employer’s tax affairs.”
Polly Toynbee has a full page advert in today’s Guardian asking readers to “become a Founder member” for £540-a-year. In other words write them a cheque because the £1.60 they pay to read the paper isn’t enough to save it […]