PCC's Buscombe Has No Ambition to Regulate Blogs

Iain Dale alerted Guido to Ian Burrell’s Indy piece about the PCC regulating blogs

Baroness Buscombe, the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has ambitions for her organisation that go beyond the traditional newspaper companies.

She wants to examine the possibility that the PCC’s role should be extended to cover the blogosphere, which is becoming an increasing source of breaking news and boasts some of the media’s highest-profile commentators, such as the political bloggers Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. Do readers of such sites, and people mentioned on them, deserve the same rights of redress that the PCC offers in respect of newspapers and their sites?

“Some of the bloggers are now creating their own ecosystems which are quite sophisticated,” Baroness Buscombe told me. “Is the reader of those blogs assuming that it’s news, and is [the blogosphere] the new newspapers? It’s a very interesting area and quite challenging.”

Burrell goes on to claim she said she wants to consider extending the PCC’s remit to the blogosphere.

Cue justified horror from Dale, much mocking from many bloggers and the moonbats sent a  rambling letter collective response to Baroness Buscombe, self-importantly copied to Ben Bradshaw MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and John Whittingdale MP, Chairman Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.  They also tweeted it…

Guido thought, given he seemed to be under such dire threat that Comrade Hundal has stepped in to help with the authorities, that perhaps he should call her to find out what she was planning.  You know, like a fact-checking, double sourcing thing. It turns out she has been mischeviously misquoted.  Burrell has stretched her words a long way and given the impression of an intention that just isn’t there.  It was suspiciously noticeable that there was no direct quote suggesting she wanted to expand the PCC into the blogosphere.

Guido suggested she should perhaps put in a complaint about the Indy to herself.  Her press spokesman laughed nervously.

So stand down from the barricades comrade bloggers, our sophisticated ecosystem is safe. Baroness Buscombe won’t be taking your keyboard from your cold dead hands…




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