Having contrasted blogs, an “electronic version of pub gossip”, with the print media and their “powerful reputation for accuracy”, we trust this is factual enough for Lord Leveson, who is currently chillaxing in Australia …
On the publication of his report on November 29:
“I believe that the report can and must speak for itself. To that end, I will be making no further comment.”
Brian continued his “no comment” policy with a, errr, paid speech at a $950-per-ticket media conference in Sydney on 7 December:
“Just a week after handing down his report into British press standards. Lord Justice Leveson is in Australia talking about privacy and the internet.”
And his lips remained firmly pursed today during his observations about the blogosphere:
“Lord Justice Leveson has warned that unless criminal and civil law is enforced against bloggers, the quality of journalism in conventional media could deteriorate.”
While the Scrapbook team remains agnostic on regulation, it is clear that Leveson wants to have his cake and eat it too — pontificating from Australia where there is little prospect of cross-examination by British hacks.