October 4th, 2013

Buzzfeed Sign Jim Waterson as First Political Editor

Buzzfeed have snapped up City Am’s Jim Waterson as their new UK political editor. There were no shortage of ambitious, twentysomething applicants for the job, but Buzzfeed have pulled off a bit of a coup signing a journalist who has had just about every one of his stories nicked by the Telegraph in recent weeks.

Six things you should know about Jim Waterson:

  • He had a lucrative sideline selling stories to national newspapers during his Oxford student days
  • He has faced down Jeremy Paxman – on University Challenge
  • He is a former Guido Fawkes Blog intern
  • He can figure a story angle fast
  • He can’t work Photoshop properly – yet – those GIFs don’t make themselves….
  • Waterson hit TV screens around the world when he fried an egg on the street under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

Buzzfeed had tried to poach a current Guy Newsroom staffer, good to see another Guido alumnus get the job…


  1. 1

    You have got to love this


  2. 2
    No Fear says:

    American by the looks of it


  3. 3
    Piers Moron says:

    I can photoshop troops pissing on anyone, call me!


  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Labour leader Ed says Jim Waterson needs to take a “long, hard look” at the “culture and practices” of Buzzfeed


    • 10
      Hugh Grant's Voicemail says:

      Mr Grant is busy receiving a gobble from a slapper in a back ally, as soon as he’s finished he will attend to this comment.


  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Still no story on the BBC webshite about the NHS cover up.


    • 7
      The BBC says:

      Shut it son and pay your telly tax.


    • 11
      The BBC, we are unbiased because we say so says:

      We’re busy keeping the “Evil Daily Mail says something a bit nasty about some dead guy” as our top story at least until the Privy Council meet next week.


      • 14
        Casual Observer 3 says:

        The case has been put forward that Ralph Miliband was too young and inexperienced to really understand or mean what he wrote down in his diary when his was 17.

        (There has been a point raised that if true this makes a mockery of Labour’s intention to drop the voting age to 16.)

        However, why was there no such outrage and similar sentiment expressed when the Cr!ck piece about Farage was broadcast ?


        • 33
          Cato Street Conspirator says:

          So what are you saying? Two wrongs make a right? Two rights make a wrong?


          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            Perhaps a little more consistency from the left in what they are outraged about.

            Both stories are dubious, but if they are making the argument in part against the Miliband story by apologizing for some of his actions on basis of age, then the same should be extended to Farage.

            Not doing that demonstrates inconsistency.


  6. 12
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    Is this the bloke who found out Frank Sinatra was his dad, and not Woody Allen?

    As if this bloke matters.


  7. 13
    Ed Miliband says:

    If elected I will insist that all peas picked in British Fields will be frozen immediately


    • 16
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Only if the EU passes a directive to that effect.


    • 17
      Ed Miliband - Shadow Tosser says:

      Having been Energy and Climate Change secretary for 2 years, I’ve been able to freeze many of Britain’s pensioners.


  8. 15
    InOutplease says:

    and he’s a Yorkshireman, his greatest asset


  9. 21
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    After extensive sniffing, I’ve catalogued 19 distinct aromas after ladies have been sitting in trains and buses.


  10. 24
    The Guardian - Common Decency Department says:

    We will delete any comment mentioning Ed Miliband’s hypocrisy – eg. linking to that picture of him happily hugging a Thatcher death partier.


  11. 25
    nellnewman says:

    militwit now on the 4pm news for ClassicFM still wittering on about the mail’s article about his Dad.

    This is becoming a farce!


    • 30
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Ed is now hoping to score political points. Think how he behaved over Syr!a.


    • 31
      I d on't n eed no d octor says:

      Will Miliband get a series on the BBC.

      Have I Got an Opportunity For You.
      Bandwagon File
      Flog it to Death


  12. 26
    Owen Jones says:

    Oh, FFS. Guido Fawkes really needs to get a fucking grip.


  13. 27
    Green Taxes says:

    Does Ed Miliband want to take the country into an ice age?


  14. 28
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    The only reason Ed Miliband, the Mail and others are keeping the current story about Ralph going is to capture support among the outlying left wing activists who still remain opposed to press regulation, for press regulation.

    The left have been very useful idiots on this matter and continue to be so.

    It can be argued, on the basis of timing and complete commercial indifference the DM have towards regulation, that the DM are very much in favor of press regulation and wish to see it happen.

    The reason why press regulation is imperative now is directly due to S’nowden and the activities of GMG.

    S’nowden let a very large cat out of the bag when he revealed that the encryption mechanisms used on the internet, and largely produced in the US, have been compromised by the NSA.

    Leaving aside the civil liberty and privacy issues, the real problem now is that no one in their right mind will continue to use foreign sourced encryption software or hardware for communication, if they can produce their own.

    The US and EU are at an immediate commercial disadvantage now in this market. Ch!na not so much.

    The free ride that the UK and US have had on being able to benignly monitor at will global communications somewhat invisibly (albeit hiding behind a cognitive block), has vanished. This will have bigger implications for economic development than national security.

    With the ability to monitor the communications in transit gone, the only real option for monitoring is to keep an eye on the end points.

    What has this to do with regulation of the press ?

    Whereas before it was simple to keep an eye on information flow, and influence what did and did not make it into the public domain, moving ahead this will become virtually impossible. The only way of ensuring that the inner loop of the main propaganda apparatus does not become compromised and turned against the state is to take defacto control of it.

    Short of placing a government information officer in the newsroom, which would be politically unappealing to the public, regulation with financial penalties and invisible officers is required.

    For all the hullabaloo surrounding phone h’acking (itself a glaringly obvious form of hostile espionage), it is the breach of trust exhibited by GMG over the printing of S’nowden revelations that has sealed the deal for press regulation in the UK.

    The breach of trust was not the actual printing, which itself was perhaps mandated in order to strengthen the case for regulation, but the distribution of sensitive information to left wing bloggers in the US with instructions to publish in the event of GMG being closed down over the matter, or certain members of staff being imprisoned.

    The hammers on the hard dr!ves were theatrical, but the copies lay beyond the reach of the UK security services. Only by fracturing the internet and forcing control upon the online publishing community will that information be suppressed in the medium term.

    Press regulation is very likely to go through, and we have the left to thank for this.


  15. 29
    who gives a .... says:

    simon cowell wants name suggestions for his two new puppies …

    slag and slut
    squit and smug


  16. 32
    Old Nag says:

    Looks like he’s just discovered his burger is a horseburger.


  17. 36
    Dave Swork for a Dave Spay says:

    ” a Guido intern”??
    Guido, you are a very naughty boy. We believe in the minimum wage at least.


  18. 37

    Looks more like ‘Facefeed’ to me!


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