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  1. Cardinal Capone 30 Nov 2012, 6:43pm

    Makes good sensible points, except a response within 7 days may not be practical timewise.

    1. AngkorBiz 2 Dec 2012, 2:40am

      It may not be practical timewise… but it is bloody essential to have the ‘story’ put straight in a timely manner and with the same prominence given to the original incorrect article.. Shame if it does not fit in with their timeline.

  2. Mumbo Jumbo 30 Nov 2012, 7:41pm

    Quite so.

    Anything that Paul Dacre is against is something anyone wanting a fair, decent and well-informed society should be for.

  3. The press has responded to Leveson by setting up a committee to design a new regulatory body. It is to be chaired by Paul Dacre…

    When the press – after a devastating report by Leveson – decides to put its professional and ethical future in the hands of Paul Dacre, it shows that an outside and independent regulator with ‘legislative underpinnings’ is essential.

    1. “Independent, non-government watchdog” is such a funny joke that it’s almost tempting to buy into it. As with all other regulatory agencies it’ll fall to lobbyist interest and just aid the corporations that will inevitably end up funding it’s members. They spilled the real purpose of all this the other day when talking about the special interest granted to the press “such as anonymous sources”. It’d be a bit conspiracy theory-ish to suggest the purpose of all of this is to eliminate anonymity but given how much they’ve been talking about the relevancy of the DPA (which should be set in stone) I’m cautious.

  4. How can anyone seriously suggest that self-regulation can work when the 4th and 6th largest newspapers by circulation – the Daily Star and the Daily Express – have already pulled out of the existing self-regulatory body because they don’t like being asked to print corrections when they choose to lie to their readers? If the government doesn’t make a serious attempt to improve regulation, it will just prove to the tiny group of people who control the media (just 6 individuals, two of them brothers, own 8 of the 12 largest newspapers between them, along with Channel 5 and big chunks of Sky and ITV) that they can get away with anything.

    1. Good point, the weasel press are bleating about freedom of the press. What does that mean when you are really only talking about the freedom of 6 individuals with millions in the bank who proportionately pay little or no tax.

      It is the freedoms of their victims we need to think about.

  5. They will get around it be featuring negative LGBT news items and ignoring positive ones, something that happens now of course.Also in one online newspaper they include LGBT negative comments and exclude or feature just a sprinkling of positive reader comments in order to give the impression of overwhelming opposition to LGBT equality.

  6. Put Charlotte Church in charge. I found her fairly impressive the other night on Question Time.

  7. Craig Denney 1 Dec 2012, 3:41pm

    I’ve looked at the Leverson report and the newspapers are declining in circulation at quite a rate and having the likes of Kelvin MacKenzie now boasting ‘it’s business as usual’ is going to speed up decline. In ten years newspapers could be history.

    Newspaper buying is a generational thing, young people aren’t buying newspapers. Young people get their up to the minute news via their hand held devices and not from buying a newspaper thats allready 24 hour or longer old news.

    The death of newspapers is inevitable.

    1. AngkorBiz 2 Dec 2012, 2:46am

      Agreed… and I have to say that it’s not a bad thing! The days of us getting our ‘news’ from a very small elite group of billionaires is coming to an end.. Craig was quite correct saying that the young people today simply get their news via their mobile phones or tablets.. (and ANYONE can be a publisher today!) and you don’t need a fortune to do it..

  8. ‘Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of NINE to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great JOY.
    While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that NOT ALL SEX INVOLVING CHILDREN IS UNWANTED, ABUSIVE AND HARMFUL.’
    Try and guess who wrote that…Saville? Paul Gadd ? Peter Tatchell ? Answer: Tatchell.Why does this hideous person get fawned over by the media ?Did he tell the police the names of the adults involved ? – or was there a cover-up ?

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