December 21st, 2010

Why Did the Telegraph Hide “War on Murdoch” Story?

Good journalism is about revealing the truth about those in power. Robert Peston’s scoop is that the Telegraph kept back the bigger story, that Vince Cable the minister with a quasi-judicial role in deciding if News Corporation can increase its holding in Sky, had told the Telegraph’s undercover journalists that

“I have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win”.

The Telegraph is of course locked in a corporate battle with Murdoch’s newspapers, its chief executive, Murdoch MacLennan, is publicly lobbying Vince Cable to block the takeover.

Somebody with a conscience at the Telegraph has risked their career to get the truth out, they can hold their heads high. The editor and the management of the paper should be ashamed of themselves for covering up and cheating their readers of the truth. Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism…

UPDATE : Lot of action on the next cabinet exit and David Laws to return bets on Smarkets.


  1. 1
    TheDukeOfHunslet says:

    Interesting bed fellows these dipso-druggy-pervert Lib-Dems, what?

    Now they have a seat at the table they think it gives them bragging-rights whenever there are comely young ladies in earshot.
    The idea that cabinet ministers want to ‘get personal’ when making billion pound decisions is very worrying indeed.

    A straight sacking has got to be the only option for number 10 now…

  2. 2
    anonymous says:

    when it comes right down to it – “they’re all in it together”

  3. 3
    Al says:

    The Telegraph is a rotten heap of crap, not unlike the Guardian. Both have their shitty agendas.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Is it just possible the Telegraph were saving this up for something more special?

  5. 5
    Mike Litorus says:

    Politicians + Journos – the dogshit on the tread of society…

  6. 6
    Irene says:

    And of course giving the scoop to ex employee Peston who was salivating.

    This helps Murdoch?

  7. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I dont see the takover of Sky a problem ? They dont force me to buy it , if anything the BBC should be made to go subscription .

    As for Vince , He cant really affect it

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    I can’t think of (m)any examples of journalists/papers willingly surrendering potential advantage over other media outlets. What does Guido expect of hacks ‘n’ editors – integrity?

  9. 9

    Westernised Oriental Gentleman…?

  10. 10
    13eastie says:

    Fаіr’ѕ fаіr:

    Rеlаtіng hіѕ Wаltеr Міtty Nuсlеаr Воmb Fаntаѕy tо Тоrygrарh Тоtty іѕ hеаd аnd ѕhоuldеrѕ аbоvе Наndyсосk’ѕ Ѕеxy Теxtіеѕ.


  11. 11
    Gaudi's Tram says:

    Whereas Murdoch has absolutely no agenda at all…..

  12. 12
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Looks like Labour starting to Arse lick Murdoch again…..

  13. 13

    +1. Obits are the only things worth reading. The online version is truly woeful.

  14. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:


    The Telegraph is exposed, conniving with cabinet weirdo Cable.

  15. 15
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tonight i will be a Sky dish.

  16. 16
    Peter Grimes says:

    Don’t be daft , unless they really want to bring down the coalition.

    And to think the Labourgraph used to be a NEWSpaper!

  17. 17
    Al says:

    Of course Murdoch has agendas you tool, doesn’t make the Telegraph any less of a rotten heap of crap.

  18. 18
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Surely thats the third rule of journalism: not biting the hand that feeds

  19. 19
    bergen says:

    You’re quite right,of course.It’s surprising that they did not spike the story completely but I suppose that they were greedy.The Telegraph now has the worst of both worlds-lying to politicians and its readers alike in its own interest.

    I suppose Vince is now toast.

  20. 20
    Everard P Burgerpenis says:

    *I* have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think *WE* are going to win

    Anyone else notice the subtle shift from ‘I’ to ‘we’ in the same sentence there ?

    Wonder which once Vince means ?

  21. 21
    The British Taxpayer says:

    That we paid for.

  22. 22
    Jumbo says:

    well said

  23. 23
    Everard P Burgerpenis says:

    Does Vince want CABLE TV ?

  24. 24
    Down with Brown! says:

    If the Lib Dems have declared war on Rupert Murdoch, I somehow think Rupert Murdoch will end up winning.

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    but Guido , i heared on the news that he has already blocked it and has referred it to Ofcom .

  26. 26
    Down with Brown! says:

    We now find out why the Lib Dems entered the coalition. They want to use ministerial privilege and power to screw over their enemies.

  27. 27
    Scrofulous says:

    Dave’s dilemma……Sky or Cable

  28. 28
    Down with Brown! says:

    Robert Peston broke the story, Gordon Brown’s special friend.

  29. 29
    Patrick Thistle says:

    Unless they were planning to release this part tomorrow.

  30. 30
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Good one !

  31. 31
    cheesy knob says:


  32. 32
    IBM 360/67 says:


  33. 33
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:


  34. 34
    CovRam says:

    BT vision may do ok out of this!!!!!

  35. 35

    ‘We’ refers to his dual personalities, one of which is Vince the twat and sometime economist, the other is Vince the twat.

  36. 36
    Desperate Dan says:

    Lord Razzell has just made an absolutely prat of himself on News 24 trying, and failing miserably, to defend the indefensible. His limp stuttering attempts to excuse Vince as misunderstood were pathetic.

  37. 37
    Down with Brown! says:

    Taxi for Mr Cable and Laws to take over as Business Secretary. The coalition shifts to the right. A career on Andrew Neil’s sofa awaits for Vince.

  38. 38
    Cameron, Clegg, Peston and Murdoch says:

    Job done.

  39. 39
    Deep Who says:

    Fucking hell Guido that’s a bit vehement on your part. Perhaps they were just staging the leaks to keep the story hot as per the expenses scandal.

  40. 40
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    vince-pie anybody?

  41. 41
    Down with Brown! says:


  42. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” Another embrassing Cable from the wikileaks affair”

  43. 43
  44. 44
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    cheese sauce?

  45. 45
    Breaking news says:

    The barmaid at St Stephen’s Tavern.

  46. 46
    Unsworth says:

    So now the Telegraph says:

    “Telegraph Media Group, the owner of The Daily Telegraph, is among many rival media companies objecting to Mr Murdoch’s plans.”

    This is, of course, long after the morning splash, but shortly after Peston did his stuff on Al Beeb. Panic has set in.

    Frankly they’ve just handed the take-over to Murdoch on a plate – together with Cable’s arse. What a bunch of fucking cretins.

    The hunt is on for the mole, of course. How long before he/she surfaces within Murdoch’s empire?

  47. 47
    cheesy knob says:

    sky news—murdoch

  48. 48
    Evie Lennon says:

    It’s all becoming clear now DWB!

  49. 49
    cheesy knob says:

    lib dems more happy vince has resigned than torys

  50. 50
    Ken is the leader of the GLC says:

    ‘Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism’…

    Fully agree with you Guido. The problem is this issue will get forgotten about once (as I fully expect) Cable either resigns or is pushed tonight.

    Also, let’s not forget that Peston is ex-Telegraph, so he must have been calling in favours from someone. All a bit fishy, as most of these things are….

  51. 51
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    You dont print everything in one edition you are in it to sell papers
    Julian ArseFlange didn’t put out all 2,000,000 wiki leaks in one pop
    and yes i know he doesn’t sell papers

  52. 52
    Sir William Waad says:

    “I’m declaring war on Murdoch” does sound a rash thing to do, like saying “I’m going to give that Vitali Klitschko a piece of my mind.”

  53. 53
    Tron says:

    The BBC used to love St. Vince. Not like that evil St.George. Then the Libs & Tories team up. The BBC hate it.
    Now the Beeb is loving sticking the knife into the Old Leftie Fruitcake.

  54. 54
    Breaking news says:

    You should ring and tell them – they’ve just gone to adverts and theres no sign of such news.

  55. 55
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    Bye Bye Coalition !

  56. 56
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Like the Chef at my local Chinese?

  57. 57
    cheesy knob says:

    papers alright write a slow fuse

    to see the person/persons self implode

  58. 58
    Mark Oaten MP says:

    hear, hear! We dont need a Fox UK.

    Yelland: “Over the years the relationships between the media elite and the two main political parties have become closer and closer to the point where, now, one is indistinguishable from the other.”

  59. 59
    Desperate Dan says:

    For you Vince, ze war is over.

  60. 60
    Unsworth says:

    OfCom do not make the final decision, anyway. The Minister does that.

  61. 61
    13eastie says:

    Аt lеаѕt Vіnсе wаѕ kіnd еnоugh tо ѕhаrе hіѕ nuсlеаr wеароn, ѕо thаt Аl-Jаbееbа соuld hаvе а turn аt ѕhооtіng іtѕеlf іn thе fооt wіth іt.

    Аftеr wаnkіng аll dаy lоng аbоut Vіnсе’ѕ brаggіng, thеy’vе nоw ѕuссееdіng іn guаrаntееіng Мurdосh’ѕ tаkе-оvеr gоеѕ thrоugh.

  62. 62
    Mornington Crescent says:

    It seems to exist only for Bryony Gordon’s mammaries; succulent though they probably would be to spend a night with, it’s (they’re) not really why I buy a broadsheet.

  63. 63

    Vince Cable and Rupert Murdoch are a pair of old codgers who are knocking on death’s door, who gives a fuck about what these two old duffers have to say.

    They are so old and decrepid they will soon both be dead and then are we will no longer be bothered with their constant fucking whingeing about how they dominate British politics.


  64. 64
    cheesy knob says:

    news corporation shocked—pmsl

  65. 65
    Evie Lennon says:

    If you listen to the daft old b@stard, Cable is obviously showing off to some young woman who he wishes to impress, I’ve never been able to stand Cable, as he always appeared to be all things to all men, If it is true he’s resigned – GOOD RIDDANCE,

  66. 66
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “We dont need a Fox UK. ”

    Yes we do , We need a rival for the BBC and fair compation.

  67. 67
    streamfisher says:

    Run out.

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And after this , He will have to be impartial coz the media will be all over him

  69. 69

    I reckon Cable will resign just after 6pm this evening.

  70. 70
    Evie Lennon says:


  71. 71
    Joker Vince says:

    Hi Nick. Fancy a quick game of “announce a nice policy” or “let’s play politics?” Nick? Nick?? Talk to me!

  72. 72
    Deep Who says:

    Murdoch has held out against the calls to remove the daily tit picture from page 3 of The Sun. For that alone he’s a hero to me and to millions. Fuck the politically correct wankers Murdoch – take over what you want and then add more tit pictures.

  73. 73
    +++SKYBREAKINGNEWS++++ says:


  74. 74
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Indeed Mr. Peston went out of his way to cheerlead for McMental and his rotten regime. Then, he is a Common Purpose anti-democrat after all, so you could expect nothing less.

  75. 75
    Deep Who? (Throat) says:

    Slurp gobble am I sucking your cock right, Rupert? Lick suck slurp!

  76. 76
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Especially when you can cum over Bryony’s excellent threepennies for the price of a couple of Breezers, without having to waste money on the fucking newspaper.

  77. 77
    Unsworth says:

    He ain’t going to be there. Murdoch knows.

  78. 78
    BillyBob - Ooman Rights Legislation, just a load of bollocks!! says:

    Vince baby, you are a very very naughty boy !!! Just a little harder for you now than being in Opposition !!!

  79. 79
    Marmite says:

    Evie, you are so angry with Guido, youe spelling has gone to pot, Calm dowm and try again luv!

  80. 80
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    …or on Come Dancing, strictly, of course…

  81. 81
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Sometime economist?
    Surely sometime wannabe economist, regurgitating crapulent Keynesian bollocks, just to ensure everyone who came into contact with him, understood perfectly, what a fool he actually is.

  82. 82
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    The Coalition “shifts to the right”????????

    The right of what?

    The word for you: Deluded

    And just what has thief, fraudster & gayer Mr Law got to offer? – (apart from a cheque for £40,000?)

  83. 83
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    Bye bye Vince and thanks for all the fish!

  84. 84
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    What do you expect from a man who names himself after a jazz mag? Lord Club International almost talks more sense in my opinion.

  85. 85
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    I think it is accurate to refer to Fable in the past tense, from now on in.

  86. 86
    Archbishop Fisher says:

    You get much better pix on the web. The girls are completely naked and shaved, for example. And “fun-loving”, as well.

    Or so they tell me, anyway…

  87. 87
    An Impartial Business Secretary says:

    What does untenable mean?

  88. 88

    Send Fawkes a sweary E mail outlining your problems – He’ll appreciate that.

  89. 89
    Lord Tom of Leamington says:

    Vince Cable is history.

  90. 90
  91. 91
    Deep Who says:

    Yeah that’s right shit for brains, it’s really gay to support him for krrping pictures of women in the paper. Did any of your crack-whore mum’s kids live or are you the shit slime sample to survive slipping out of her foot wide putrid pussy?

  92. 92
    Ratsniffer says:

    Cable should stick to Come Nancing. He now has zero crediblity.

  93. 93
    Deep Who says:

    +1. WTF

  94. 94
    Deep Who says:

    Doesn’t divide by 10?

  95. 95
    cheesy knob says:

    im waiting on part3

    i foooked the ceo of every major uk bank

  96. 96
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    To the right of what? Cameron is a social democrat, probably further to the left than half the last Labour cabinet.

  97. 97
    Gordon Brown says:

    tonight, I will squeeze cheese and chutney

  98. 98
    Deep Who says:

    Thieving, defrauding and gaying.

  99. 99
    Lord X Hamster says:

    I think you mean “Jizz” dear boy !

  100. 100
    jgm2 says:

    Look who popped his head up to offer an opinion….

    1637: Labour MP Denis MacShane tweets: “Vince cannot stay as man who ‘independently’ makes ruling on merger/takeover when he has so blatantly shown his prejudice. Has to go.

  101. 101
    6EQUJ5 says:

    Don’t worry about it Evie, the Mod Bot works in mysterious ways. This story broke on the previous thread and Guido was caught with his trousers down…..

    Why have the comments been deleted, Mod Bot?

  102. 102
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    From Stalin to Mr. Bean – has been!

    Perhaps Gordo is having a quiet toddy after thanking Peston…..

  103. 103

    Murdoch is the equivalent of Monty Burns, the wrinkly fucker will be around until he’s 100+.

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    It’s been a bad month for the socialists who thought they would look smarter in the lib dems than labour.

    First Handycock, now Handycable.

  105. 105
    cheesy knob says:

    jeff randell RIPS into vince

    no mercy shown

    nice wee xmas bonus awaits

  106. 106
    Retard Watch says:

    Jesus wept, please don’t tell us you have successfully aquired any educational qualifications. You have the writing style of a ten year old and even less grammar and punctuation.

  107. 107
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    I have been waging war on Rupert MudCock

    i am also waging a secret war on the coalition
    when i resign it will crumble

    up the students !

  108. 108
    nickyp says:

    As soon as Peston ran it, Telegraph rapidly ran it as lead on their web site as their scoop. Massive credibility fail. Journalists allowing business considerations to sway judgement.

  109. 109

    Impossible to get sanitary towels?

  110. 110
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    It’s gonna be a Blue christmas for vincey

  111. 111
    Poetic Lice says:

    Good alliteration there, Deep Who.

  112. 112
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I think this is insurance.

    If Dave sacks him, he can point a boney accusatory finger and say, “look! They are in thrall to Murdoch’s evil empire”.

    Vince truly is a c nut with a very inflated sense of his own importance.

  113. 113
    VINCE lays a CABLE says:

    Is this a cover up for the absolute fucking farce
    that is our transport system ?

    sky have just shown pictures of people trying to get home
    by walking home along the railway tracks !

    Its a National Embarrassment

  114. 114
    Englebert says:

    my first thought, but now its revealed Cable will have to go and blocking the murdoch deal will be less likely so telegraph prefer to leave cable embarressed but in place

    listening to tape, was clegg just showing off to giggly woman who may be quite attractive?

  115. 115
    Englebert says:

    i mean cable not clegg

  116. 116
    literate pedant says:

    at least he was better than when trying to explain why he and his knocking block are both claiming lords’ expenses when it appears they live together………..

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Just heard the recording on PM.

    Cable was bragging to two women. Whether they were constituents or reporters, he’s shredded his impartiality & IMO looks like a randy old fool.

  118. 118
    Peter Grimes says:

    What fucking credibility did the old git ever have?

  119. 119
    Observer says:

    I think you mean capital letters for the first person singular and for surnames, too.

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Much better than all those ugly satellite dishes on porn-watchers’ houses.

  121. 121
    Ungern Sternberg says:

    To which the easy answer would be: “Look! we’re in thrall to not having a Business Secretary that clearly feels utter contempt for successful businesses.”

  122. 122
    NotW_Scumbag says:

    Keep Murdoch malignancy in remission.

  123. 123
    Ampers says:

    Don’t be daft.

    The Telegraph set this all up. Published half a story to get the world press interested, then “leaked” the whole story themselves

  124. 124
    QWERTY says:

    Love to know what the two tarts looked like, mini skirted and blonde I bet.

  125. 125
    Cassandrina says:

    Glad someone else has the right Machievelian mind to agree that this is the best option for the Telegraph.
    What I cannot get over is that the idiot Cable should be taken in by pretty but giggling little girls. He should get out more.

  126. 126
    "Somebody with a conscience at the Telegraph" says:


    You mean a disgruntled hack squealed to Murdoch for cash.

    You’d know all about that after sucking Murdoch’s cock for all these years you fat sell out shill.

  127. 127
    Billy Mongboy is the cheapest bumhire ever ! says:

    Only a retard like you would actually watch cartoon shite for toddlers like Fox News little Billymongboy.

  128. 128
    ROFL! says:

    has he been saked ?

  129. 129
    Postlethwaite says:

    ”Good journalism is about revealing the truth about those in power”.

    Like wikileaks, yes?

  130. 130
    Truculent Sheep says:

    “Their venal self interest is a disgrace to journalism…”

    Or they came across something that put them in a difficult position. If they published it, they would play into Murdoch’s hands – a man who’s no friend to proper journalism – and threaten their own business. And are you honestly demanding they don’t show bias when your entire career is based on it?

    Also, the Telegraph is pro-Tory and there is always a potential that reporting this will damage the government by association. Jeremy Hunt, meanwhile, will give Cameron and Murdoch the result they want.

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