Jul 7, 2011

Blaming the internet: the gatekeepers’ take on phone hacking

The Guardian's phone hacking scandal has been in the finest traditions of the mainstream media - and so is its attitude to new media.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Guardian has been first among the UK broadsheets in its coverage of the News Corp phone hacking scandal — well, scandal is hardly apt any longer, depravity is closer to the mark — and broke the story in 2009. Its dogged pursuit of the issue — which included being attacked in the UK Press Complaint Commission’s delusional report on the affair — has been investigative reporting in the finest traditions of the mainstream media.


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7 thoughts on “Blaming the internet: the gatekeepers’ take on phone hacking

  1. tinman_au

    The irony in this is that these attacks on “social media” are actually attacks on the papers readers more often than not, people don’t go to Facebook and Twitter because they are news aggregators, they go there because their friends/colleagues are there.

    They (the papers) totally miss the point of what “social media” actually is, and that the people talking about the news on the social media sites are still actually getting their news from places other than the social media site they are on.

    The “dead trees” need to look at operations like the ABC Online, Ars Technica, The Register and Crikey (etc, etc, etc) for why their readership is getting fed up with them and going elsewhere…we can now have our news “tailor fitted” for our own interests and not have to put up with opinion pieces disguised as news…we can get many views and make our own minds up about things/stories.

    It’s not so much there are no longer any gatekeepers, it’s that we can now outsource our own ;o)

  2. Venise Alstergren

    Be fair Bernard, just to reassure you that there will always be an arm of the Murdoch media prepared to scoop the mud out of the gutter of the gutter press. There it is in the august tabloid of today’s Hun. At a time when the world, and Oz has so much to think about…The impending price on Carbon, the resumption-after a pitiful three weeks of a moral stand, of live cattle being sent to Indonesia to be slaughtered, and the despicably cruel goings-on of the NotW, and the total immorality of the Murdoch press……The fearless and divine Miranda lobs in with an earth-shattering article about a loveless marriage of a member of minor royalty to a swimmer in that Chateau of class and distinction, Monaco.

    Well done Miranda, it’s people like you who helped to create the unquestioning moral morass of the mercantile media so beloved of your boss, Rupert.

  3. michaelwholohan1

    Simon Jenkins does do some interesting stuff, but gets the ‘long bow’ strung here, & perhaps is trying too hard to say something clever. I have read him often as I spend time in UK each year & enjoy the Guardian both there & online here.
    It needs to be remembered the piece in question was an opinion piece & I don’t think represents an editorial position of the G……………….. The coverage of this NoW/NewsInt. obscenity is excellent. The Guardian has made this expose possible.

  4. Peter Evans

    Nice piece BK. I’m tempted to throw the ABC into the mix too. Not because of its obsequious parroting of Limited News attack lines, but because it’s getting harder to see the point of it in an age of direct communication and social media. It’s not commissioning much drama, it can’t compete on any commercially successful sports (except on radio), and its TV news and current affairs are fairly pointless – at best popularising stories other folk have banged on about for years (cattle slaughtering in Indonesia, for eg). ABC Online is too curated for my tastes and mostly written by the same calibre gatekeeper hacks that weight down Fairfax and News like great lead farts.

    Stories aren’t breaking in main stream media anymore, despite their claims and pretensions to be “setting the agenda”. One solution is for news organisations to attempt to create the news, which is where News Corp has been heading for a while. Bugger that.

  5. Barry 09

    News of the world is sinking very fast. 5 New arrests coming soon ? Avertisers running away very quickly, even the govt. running? There is talk of Jail time for people up the ladder. Look out Rupert , ther’s a snowball coming.

  6. Barry 09

    And that was on his ABC . Lateline.

  7. monkeywrench

    I suppose Jenkins will blame Twitter and Facebook for the closure of News of the Screws. The fact that their regular advertisers were heading away faster than a hack’s entertainment expenses is beside the point.

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