Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller believes Daily Mail change of tone under Geordie Greig â€˜isnâ€™t going to happen anytime soonâ€™
Gina Miller has said a change of tone in the Daily Mail’s Brexit coverage â€œisnâ€™t going to happen anytime soonâ€� despite Geordie Greig taking over as editor.
Investment manager Miller is best known for issuing a legal challenge against the Government to give Parliament a vote on whether the Prime Minister could trigger Article 50 to take Britain out of the European Union.
She told the NCTJâ€™s Journalism Diversity Fund event in London yesterday that journalists â€œshould be stepping upâ€� with their reporting of the Governmentâ€™s Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Under his editorship the Mail on Sunday urged readers to vote Remain in the 2016 EU referendum, while Paul Dacreâ€™s Daily Mail was staunchly in favour of Brexit.
However asked at the NCTJ seminar whether she has noticed a change so far in the Daily Mailâ€™s tone and coverage of Brexit since Greig became editor, Miller said: â€œIt isnâ€™t going to happen anytime soon.â€�
She pointed to a column by Quentin Letts this week in which he wrote about her speech at the Lib Dem conference on Monday, criticising her pronunciation and â€œlifeless deliveryâ€�.
Miller said: â€œIt was a great piece of journalism, wasnâ€™t it?â€� and added: â€œJust think if they had written something about the Canada dealâ€¦ Isnâ€™t that a better use of column inches?â€�
Speaking more generally about coverage of Brexit in newspapers, Miller said: â€œAs far as I am concerned journalism does have a responsibility and those who decide to be extreme with their views are being irresponsible to their readership and itâ€™s time that they stepped up and started reporting the news.
â€œWe are at one of the most crucial times in our nation â€“ they should be stepping up.â€�
She added that the â€œunforgivingâ€� way the media treats politicians and their families needs to change, questioning why anyone would allow themselves to be under the public eye in politics if they are going to be targeted under that lens.
But Miller also said she did not blame many of the journalists who write the stories she is critical about, saying â€œitâ€™s the people at the top of the organisationsâ€�.
Addressing a room filled with young journalists, she said: â€œIt isnâ€™t easy because the things you have to weigh up are why you went into journalism which is to storytell and inform and assist people in society to understand the society they live in.
â€œAt the same time the reality is you have a mortgage, you have bills, you have a family, you have responsibilities, and the more successful you become as a journalist that becomes a problemâ€¦ [you have] responsibilities to those you support and responsibilities in the job that you do.
â€œI accept that it isnâ€™t easy, it isnâ€™t just people who are in journalism itâ€™s the management as well. Itâ€™s those at the top.â€�
Source: Digital Journalism