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Adam Boulton blogs

“Two important sectors of our society now feel under a great deal of pressure, beset by plunging fortunes and public esteem: newspapers and politicians. As they go down they are turning in on each other with increasing viciousness – politician against journalist, politician against polititian, journalist against journalist.”

Old Habits Die Hard

Peter Sissons has launched a huge broadside against the built-in left-wing bias at the BBC. Yesterday there was a comment that was actually funny and newsworthy for once:

Thursday.
BBC interviewer: Is Alan Johnson resigning today in an attempt to distract attention away from Tony Blair’s attendance at Iraq inquiry?
Labour Spin Doctor Lance Price: No of course he’s not.
BBC interviewer: Thank you.

Friday:
BBC interviewer: Is Andy Coulson making a statement today in an attempt to bury bad news on the day that Tony Blair’s attends thet Iraq inquiry?
Labour Spin Doctor Lance Price: Yes of course he is.
BBC interviewer: Thank you.

Guido thought he would highlight this rarity with a full post. Get in touch and there’ll be a T-shirt heading Desperate Dan’s way…

Quote of the Day

Peter Sissons writes

“…is the BBC biased? In my view, ‘bias’ is too blunt a word to describe the subtleties of the ­pervading culture. The better word is a ‘mindset’. At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left.”

Saturday Seven Up

7upThe was a Niagara of news flow last week, two resignations, sexual shenanigans in the Johnson household, Coulson scalped by the Guardian, Balls getting the job he coveted and Tony Blair expressing regret for the dead of Iraq. All the fun of the fair…

Guido’s favourite story of the week was getting the scoop on Peter Mandelson becoming an investment banker at Lazards.

All the scandal and intrigue drove the traffic this week on the blog up to a bumper 486,703 page views from 277,113 visits by 115,026 visitors. The top 7 stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…



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