Blogging Nick Robinson AutoCorrects

Nick Robinson is a reader of this blog and took the hint and has clarified his “bombshell” comments. He doesn’t link to this blog in his blog, yet quotes from it, a major breach of netiquette you might say, but Guido is forgiving. Since the Ashley Cole case the Dead Tree Press (and the broadcast media) have become nervous about referring to, or directly linking readers and listeners to writ-risky websites. Hence the vague references to “political websites” rather than Guido or Iain Dale. Journalists are actually ringing Guido up for quotes, which they then attribute to an unnamed controversial political website.
We need a better legal precedent, media lawyers are scaring media executives into restricting journalists from referring to risk taking bloggers. Hence the ridiculous situation with so-called blogs being established by the old media which don’t allow comments (Trevor) or don’t allow links to other websites (Adam Boulton). The Telegraph and the Guardian at least have proper blogs. The former is as boring as hell (comments : 0), the latter is noisier (comments : mad).

And finally, as to the question most journos have called to ask: no, lawyers have not been in touch. So go on, do it…




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