October is out of the door but it left some excellent dialogue across the media. We have once again compiled the most memorable exchanges that we put together in our newsletter, ‘The Mid-Week PR Read’.
Here’s a snippet of who said what in the month of October.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences–a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son…Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Prince Harry strikes back in a very unroyal way. The battle of brand Meghan + Harry versus the media just got interesting.
“It’s very unpredictable, and on that score the Minister (Eoghan Murphy), Met Eireann, and the whole coordination group feel that they got it right in terms of the warnings. And they were very thankful that the public played ball.”
RTÉ’s Environment Correspondent George Lee on why the over-hyped Storm Lorenzo wasn’t overhyped. Mmmm… We’re still not convinced.
“Ireland owes this country (UK) nothing…The Good Friday agreement is a truce, and it’s a truce because the United States and the UK sat down with this country to make it happen. We have to be more serious about this…The United States is Irish and if anybody thinks that they are going to get a deal through and have a trade relationship with the United States that shafts Ireland, you’ve got another thing coming.”
American Writer Bonnie Greer gave a masterclass On the BBCs Question Time on the devastating power of clear communications.
“For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing the Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories. There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge.
“After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion. To try and prove this I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account. (Those on my private account must have been wondering why I haven’t had stories on there for a while.)
“Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about basement flooding in my new house.
it’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account / individual it’s come from.
I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.
It’s Rebakah Vardy’s account.”
Coleen Rooney proves revenge is a dish best served cold, and before the International football window.
“People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not. Right Here, Right Now, Right Now, Right Now.
No it’s not a three week old Greta Thunberg quote but the Fatboy slim remix of her words released this week. Watch the video of the remix below.
Well, we defy you not to get totally swept up!
“No. I know what you want. I know you’re scared, and alone, and your bosses abandoned you, and your father… You couldn’t save someone you love, and now you think you can save everyone.”
Revealed in the Guardian this week. Comments by Harvey Weinstein to journalist Ronan Farrow – who was investigating alleged sexual misconduct by the former movie producer, revealed in the Guardian this week.
“He claims 265 advertisers came back to the Daily Mail in his year as editor. In fact, far more than that number left during the same period….. (The Daily Mail) won an unprecedented number of awards for the quality of its journalism and its countless great campaigns, whether launching the war on plastic, cleaning up Britain, Alzheimer’s awareness, Dignity for the Elderly or justice for Stephen Lawrence…….As for Mr Greig, I congratulate him for making a solid start as editor and continuing so many of those campaigns but I’m sure he’ll forgive me for suggesting that he (or his PR) defers his next lunch with the FT until he has notched up a small fraction of those journalists’ achievements.”
Former Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre show how thin his skin is responding with a letter to the Financial Times to riposte an interview with his successor Geordie Greig.
“Fact-checking has a second consequence, which is it is a deterrent to people who would misuse information in public life. And that’s important……It’s about changing the behaviour of people in positions of power. But in order to make fact-checking count, it can’t just be a competition for views and hits and reach. The next step is to ask people to correct the record – to keep going after the point of accuracy, the standards of accuracy, even when the news story has moved on……It’s very easy to forget the power that the media holds. In this country three-quarters of people get news from television, that’s more than the internet, whatever you in your London bubble might think. Four out of ten of us get news from newspapers and from radio. These are enormously important shapers of society and journalism has that power.”
A response from Will Moy, chief executive of fact-checking charity Full Fact, to a question about how to fight misinformation. It was made during a conference on Brexit and the Media held in London on 10 October 2019. Via The Press Gazette.
“Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”
This is how Facebook’s Public Policy Director Katie Harbarth responded when asked why they hadn’t pull down an advert by President Donald Trump claiming that former Vice President Joe Biden “promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.” If only the Russian manipulators felt the same way.
“Congresswoman [Ocasio-Cortez], I think lying is bad. I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie that would be bad. That’s different from it being…in our position, the right thing to do to prevent your constituents or people in an election from seeing that you had lied.”
Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg responds to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grilling in the US Congress’ House financial services committee about Facebook’s role in the spreading of misinformation, by politicians, through advertisements in the run-up to major elections.
“We are all confused about Brexit, the relationship to Europe and then Ireland’s relationship to the UK versus southern Ireland–and then it’s like, what’s Wales and Scotland? I was a little bit confused but it was all fine. I am living and learning.”
Netflix’s Queer Eye presenter Jonathan Van Ness speaking to TheJournal.ie after he noticed his references to Brexit did not go down as anticipated during his recent Dublin stand-up shows. Jonathan acknowledges that he learnt a lot about Irish and UK politics during his stint in Dublin. It’s not often that a celebrity admits they need to know more, but then Jonathan is frank about the fact he’s always learning.
“It has been so long since I’ve seen a politician and thought that they speak for me. I feel that there is now a real generational divide in how Irish people are looking at the world. Young people in Ireland now see that the promises of the 1990s are never going to come true. We can’t all go shopping in New York. Growing up with climate breakdown, the rise of the far-right across the world and even things like Brexit can affect your world view. There are two different world views in Ireland right now, at least two.”
Green Party’s Saoirse McHugh speaks to The Irish Times about the current political climate in Ireland as she revealed she will be standing in Mayo in the next general election. Saoirse made headlines when she won 51,000 first preference votes in the European Parliament elections in May.
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