Monday, 8 March 2010

Joan McAlpine - she's no bad

I find myself in agreement with Joan McAlpine (a journalist whose style tends to the succinct and direct - excellent) in her recent musings. I, too, wonder why some media outlets seem to think it perfectly acceptable to traduce the character of a young lady on the basis of hearsay while failing to question the failure of senior members of the Labour party to have even a smidgen of good grace about a colleague of theirs departing politics (apparently permanently - but you can never be certain). There were interesting revelations in her column this week, too, about the one lawyer representing so many newspapers on a regular basis that snapping him up for a client effectively neuters a fair chunk of Scotland's press pack and in the piece by her colleague on the paper about who would turn up at a Glasgow Labour fund-raiser.

We need good journalists as much as we need good politicians, keep it up!

3 comments:

cynicalHighlander said...

Might be interesting to know who The BBC in Scotland use for legal advice!

Calum Cashley said...

BBC's got an in-house team http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/edguide/thelaw/bbclegal.shtml

The guy in Glasgow (whose name I have forgotten, to my shame) is top-notch in media lawyering, apparently.

james said...

'timesonline scotland' has more on the purcell affair today

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/