Monday media madness
Talk about madness: BBC's Mark Lobel reports he recently was arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers--after being invited there by the country's government to do exactly just that (4,000 shares and rising). "I'm not expecting much but an apology or just return of my phone would be nice. Our response to false accusations," Lobel tweets. Nicholas McGeehan with Human Rights Watch calls it "Jaw-droppingly awful PR." WSJ's Tamer El-Ghobashy wonders, "When will Fifa finally admit that granting Qatar the World Cup has been a terrible decision from every angle?" Richard Spencer with the Telegraph admits, "Even by Gulf standards this is crazy." Stig Abell at The Sun points out, "This is awks for @PortlandComms: reputation-enhancing media visit to Qatar ends in journos being jailed."
You watched the finale of Mad Men last night, right? You had to have. Well, just in case you haven't had the chance yet, we won't post any spoilers, but for those of you who did, we think you might enjoy the true back story behind that song at the end. And a wrap-up or two. At The Guardian, Hugh Muir advocates for diverse voices in the media, especially "those from deprived backgrounds." The final bids are due this week for New York Daily News, but interest appears low for this publication in need of a knight in shining armor. "From MLK's assassination in '68 to the NYC blackout in '77, this tabloid was my daily news source. Hope it survives," shares Harold McNeil of the Buffalo News. Meanwhile, The Financial Times is rolling out a "cost per hour" advertising metric. Oh, and Eurovision's song entries might be carrying hidden political messages, reports freelance journalist Frances Robinson, who teases, "It's Monday! You don't want to start work yet ;) Read about #eurovison #politics #intrigue instead."