Flashback: April 2015

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Guardian Writer’s Vile Slur Against Falklands Hero

Earlier this week Falklands hero Simon Weston, whose suffered 46% burns and whose face was left unrecognisable after RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by the Argentinians, said that Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on the Falklands was tantamount to “surrender“. This is how regular Guardian writer and editor of the ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ blog, Richard Seymour, responded to the story:

Seymour tells his critics he only had a freelance contract with the Guardian for three years, but he wrote on average at least fortnightly for the paper’s website during 2014. What a charmer…

Here’s a Poll the BBC Didn’t Report

According to the BBC, support for the telly tax has been rocketing exponentially over the last decade and now lies somewhere north of 50%. Well, here’s a poll Aunty isn’t reporting on…

This new ComRes poll shows 52% would favour scrapping the license fee and making the BBC fund itself, while just 41% back the current system. Most people think it should generate income from advertising while over a third support the introduction of a subscription model. If Netflix can do it…

Rebekah Will Be Appointed News UK CEO As Of Monday

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Rebekah Brooks will replace Mike Darcey as the chief executive of News UK on Monday according to Guido sources.  An official announcement will be made later today…

UPDATE: As was widely rumoured Tony Gallagher is transferring from the Daily Mail to become The Sun’s editor-in-chief.

Corbyn: Quoting Things I Have Said is “Cynical” Journalism

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Jeremy Corbyn has had a good old whinge about nasty journalists having the gall to point out things he has said in the past. Asked by ITV about those bin Laden comments, covered by all papers, Jez fired back:

“They were quite cynically and deliberately mis-reported… the point I made was it was a culmination of awful events all across the region and I said if they were capable of getting to Osama bin Laden then put him on trial.”

Awwww.

Was he cynically misrepresented? Is that really the only point he was making? Here is the quote in full context:

“I can’t answer the question of why [Obama will not release evidence of bin Laden’s death]. We can only guess that there is something fishy here; that Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore, there has to be a story. Or, the pictures are very gory, or they show something else, such as he was unarmed and was shot – as may well, on this, there was no attempt that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

So, we have a) a nutty conspiracy theory about “something fishy” going on, b) Corbyn describing bin Laden’s assassination as a “tragedy“, and c) Corbyn equating bin Laden’s death with 9/11. Apparently directly quoting his own words is a smear…

ITV report Corbyn then moaned that “an awful lot of journalists were spending a lot of time trawling the archives for anything he has said”. Well, yes, the man does supposedly want to be Prime Minister…

Owen Jones Wouldn’t Serve Under Corbyn

Liz Kendall turned the tables on Owen Jones in his latest video, asking the baby faced Guardian columnist if he would serve under Jeremy Corbyn.

Liz “Would you take a job in Jeremy Corbyn’s office?”

Owen “No. No.”

Owen also confirmed to Liz Kendall Guido’s revelation that he was asked to stand to be a Labour MP in the last election. Guido understood that Tom Watson asked him to stand against Nick Clegg in Sheffield. Instead Owen led a throng of left-wingers to knock on doors in the constituency, ensuring that the Tory voters took fright and voted for Nick Clegg in droves to keep Labour out… 

In any event, Owen understandably wouldn’t want to take the pay-cut

Below the Line Comments Update

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Guido went to a system of registration for comment makers last December, above are the numbers for last month (August), comments are still averaging around some 50,000 a month. We’re slowly, when we have time, permanently banning the most boring obsessives. We have neither the time or inclination to pre-moderate comments. If readers see a comment they find particularly disagreeable, flag it.

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Be warned, we plan to ratchet up the number of bores we plan to permanently block…

“Full, Open and Transparent Process” For New Guardian Pol Ed

Whispers emanating from both the Lobby and the Guardian newsroom suggest Patrick Wintour’s tenure as political editor could soon be over. The rumour doing the rounds is that his telegenic deputy, Nick Watt, has caught the eye of new editor Kath Viner. There is however some discontent among Guardianistas that politically centrist Watt is not as Corbynista-friendly as they would like. Watt will only tell Guido:

“There will be a full, open, transparent process. You should apply!”

Wintour is sixty and has had a career spanning almost 40 years, nine as Guardian Pol Ed. Wintour is not commenting on the matter. Will he retire to a lingering Michael White style comment role, or is there one last big pay cheque lined up? Buzzfeed are hiring…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

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MPs Swamped By BBC Lobbying Effort

Surely the BBC would not be so silly as to orchestrate an attempted mass lobbying effort of MPs ahead of the coming battle for its future? This identical email has been sent to a number of MPs from a number […]

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Sign Up For Guido’s New Breaking News Alerts

For those who have signed up to Guido’s new Whatsapp breaking news alert service, do not fear if you have yet to receive anything, we will start the service later this week. For those who haven’t yet signed up…

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BBC: People Can’t Live Without the BBC

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A “deprivation study” in which  people agreed not to use BBC services for nine days has found that people can’t live without the BBC. The study was commissioned by and funded by the BBC…

According to the study, which […]

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The Indy’s Readers’ Liaison Assistant apologises for Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s column on “British Jews“:

“The third point is slightly more embarrassing – you are quite right that Ken Loach is not Jewish. Ms Brown was in fact referring to Mike Leigh. I can only apologise for this rather mortifying blunder, and I am grateful to you for bringing it to our attention.”

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