“The Evening Standard used good old fashioned investigative journalism to bring this shocking practice to the public conscience. Londoners will welcome the end of an inhumane practice from a bygone era.”—
- Mayor of London Boris Johnson on a hugely impressive campaign by the Standard.
Didn’t do much online - but you have to ask yourself: If your print edition has half a million readers every night, does the web even matter?
“An interview with the Irish singer Gavin Friday included this quote: “And those hip-hop guys, they all have about 10 managers and 10 assistants, all with the black berets.” On reflection, the writer realised that he had misheard and what he should have written was: “And those hip-hop guys, they all have about 10 managers and 10 assistants, all with the BlackBerrys.”—
Possibly my favourite newspaper correction ever. For more like this, you should really check out Regret the Error.
“Mr. Edison, I was informed, had been up the two previous nights discovering ‘a bug’ in his phonograph - an expression for solving a difficulty, and implying that some imaginary insect has secreted itself inside and is causing all the trouble.”—AskOxford: Was the first computer ‘bug’ a real insect?
I was involved - at the production stage - in this story and have followed its progress obsessively around the web. So far, this analysis piece from ABC News (Australia) presents by far the most reasoned counter-argument to Martin Plaut’s original report for the BBC.
At the moment, the issue seems to be stuck in the “did they, didn’t they” style of questioning. In other words, was Martin Plaut’s report correct or not? Seems to me that Martin’s reporting was extremely solid, and the ambiguities covered here by Mark Colvin simply suggest this is something we need to look at in greater depth.
Both Plaut and Colvin are saying that aid money was most certainly diverted. The difference between the two sides - if I can call them that - is that Plaut claims the amount is far greater.
I wonder if it’s now time to stop the questioning of reporting, and begin questioning the people that really know what went on - Meles Zenawi and the TPLF. Only then will we know for sure.
“I noticed that the doormat was at a slightly crooked angle. I reached down and moved the mat back into its correct place. The edge of the mat was then perpendicular to the door.”—The dullest blog in the world
“THE SUN today unreservedly apologises to Nicklas Bendtner after his stunning treble sent the Gunners storming into the Champions League quarter-finals. Yesterday we may have inadvertently given the impression that Bendtner could not hit a cow’s Arsenal with a banjo.”—
Downing Street asked if Brown could appear in the MOTD2 studio alongside the presenter, Adrian Chiles, and pundits, who include Lee Dixon, towards the end of last year. The prime minister’s advisors wanted him to talk about England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup, but after taking advice, the show’s production team declined.