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Prof Alastair Campbell’s Optimism About Journalism, Eagle Eye

Prof Alastair Campbell’s Optimism About Journalism

Professor Alastair Campbell’s second Cambridge lecture, delivered this afternoon, is just as interesting as his first. (Photograph by Oliver F Atkins of Richard Nixon leaving the White House after resigning in 1974: triumph for Woodward and Bernstein; disaster for journalism.)
Here is the full text:
A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 6:13 pm

“The Murdoch-Dacre Generation Has Had Its Day”, Eagle Eye

“The Murdoch-Dacre Generation Has Had Its Day”

The first lecture by Alastair Campbell (pictured left) as a visiting professor at Cambridge University yesterday, is a good read. Here is the whole thing, for the record:
Thank you for asking me to do this. If this visiting professorship was meant to be an honour, it can’t have been because of my time as a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 9:53 am

Why we should remember the bravery of World War One journalists, Notebook

Why we should remember the bravery of World War One journalists

Imagine if the British Government suddenly announced that journalists would not be allowed to report on a particular story and would face arrest if they tried to do so.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 5:45 pm

Anyone remember freedom of expression?, Eagle Eye

Anyone remember freedom of expression?

Can any normal person remember what the row about the Leveson report is about? David Cameron is in favour of regulation of the press (but not the internet?) by a regulator created by Royal Charter. Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are in favour of the same thing by a regulator approved by an auditor created [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 March 2013 at 2:43 pm

Cameron and Rebekah Brooks – “not a big deal”, McSmith

Cameron and Rebekah Brooks – “not a big deal”

David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance.

By | McSmith | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 3:52 pm

Savile, Leveson and the Olympics: The stories that made the headlines in 2012, Notebook

Savile, Leveson and the Olympics: The stories that made the headlines in 2012

This year has been an interesting one to say the least and we have witnessed a lot. The year the Mayans prophesied we would see the end of the world has certainly been eventful.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Saturday, 22 December 2012 at 4:00 pm

Free the Press, Free the Judges, Eagle Eye

Free the Press, Free the Judges

There is just one tiny problem with we brave freebooters of the Ethical Vacuum, the “Nice” people on Guido’s little list, the defenders of the freedom of the press.
Which is that when we (I) point out that having Ofcom or another government-appointed body “verify” a system of “independent” self-regulation it is no longer independent, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 10:18 pm

Leveson and the Use of English, Eagle Eye

Leveson and the Use of English

As a denizen of the Ethical Vacuum,* I hasten to correct an error I made in my column in The Independent on Sunday yesterday. I said that, under Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals,
Ed Richards, who once worked for Gordon Brown, and who was appointed head of Ofcom by the Government, would decide who regulates the press.
I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 December 2012 at 5:34 pm

Harriet vs Shami, Eagle Eye

Harriet vs Shami

Here is Harriet Harman, former legal officer of the National Council of Civil Liberties, disagreeing with my friend Shami Chakrabarti, director of same (renamed), from yesterday

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 December 2012 at 11:25 am

Shami’s Surprising Defence of Freedom, Eagle Eye

Shami’s Surprising Defence of Freedom

Shami Chakrabarti has been so wrong about so much for so long, and is so given to easy posturing, that it is scarcely credible that she is opposed to state regulation of the press.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 December 2012 at 12:37 pm

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