Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cry Baby Bruce Turns on Today

Lots to talk about at tomorrow’s big strategy day at Labour HQ. Mainly how to whine, sorry win. Bargain basement strategist Bruce Hawker’s cry baby tactic is on display again this morning. Here is more of his wisdom, as told to Progress:

“Utilise social media as a strong alternative means of disseminating your message. It is also a very effective medium to lampoon and expose media bias. And enlist their competition to expose bias.”

The Labour press team has been noticeably more whiny over the last few days, calling Times editor John Witherow a “Tory mouthpiece”. As Guido pointed out last week, this is a deliberate shoot the messenger strategy.

Now they are going after that well-known bastion of right-wing bias, the Today programme:

Strewth! It’s going to be a long 18 months with all this moaning…

Graphic via The Australian.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Surely Not Another Newsnight Sacking

Emily Maitlis took to Twitter during last night’s Newsnight:

A sentiment echoed in living rooms across the country…

Friday, November 1, 2013

LISTEN: Paul Gambaccinni on Jimmy Savile

“Yes, but…”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Where do the BBC Go to Find the New Peston?

The Guardian, of course. The Beeb are advertising Pesto’s old job in the paper’s job section. You don’t have to read the Guardian to work at the BBC, but it helps…

Monday, October 14, 2013

Secret Handshake for Tories at the Beeb

Earlier Guido pointed out that Kevin Maguire was using the fact Tory MP Charlotte Leslie once worked as a researcher on the Weakest Link as proof that the BBC was not biased, well Ms. Leslie gets in touch:

“It was at the BBC that a fellow Conservative caught me by the lift, gave me a secret handshake having overheard a phone conversation I’d had with a Conservative friend and whispered ‘I’m a Conservative too, but don’t let them find out or you’ll be going nowhere’. Be worth a little survey of Conservatives in the BBC, and just how socially acceptable it is to be one!”

A few token Tories, however high-profile, can never balance out a culture…

The Weakest Defence

Kevin Maguire says the BBC cannot possibly be left-wing because Brillo once worked as a Tory researcher and Nick Robinson was a wet YC. He then manages to find a few other high profile Beeb characters like Craig Oliver, Thea Rogers, Will Walden and Chris Patten as proof there is nothing wrong. Less than half a dozen people in a organisation that has 8,000 journalists and 26,000 employees.

But panic not, Kev’s piece-de-resistance is still to come: “Bristol Con MP Charlotte Leslie was a researcher on The Weakest Link”. No further questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tory Gain: Flanders Quits BBC for JP Morgan

Word is that the “Chief Market Strategist, UK and Europe” job title it is more of a PR rather than investment role, being a high profile public face for the firm.

Champagne corks will be going off in No. 11 later.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WATCH: BBC Presenter Mistakes Paper For iPad

Could happen to anyone…

Via @gregburke

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ian Katz Responds

Mea culpa from the Newsnight editor in an email to Labour spinner Bob Roberts:

Dear Bob,

I am only too happy to reiterate the apology I have already made to Rachel by text and on Twitter: I apologise unreservedly for my ill-judged remark about her appearance on Newsnight last night. As you know it was intended as a private message but as you rightly say that is no excuse.

I don’t accept your implication that my tweet reflects in any way on the impartiality of Newsnight, except to the extent that it reflects a determination to make Newsnight as interesting as I can. I am acutely aware, however, that we ask quite a lot of guests when we invite them into the studio to do late night interviews and my tweet hardly conveyed the appreciation we owe them for making the trip. 

I particularly regret any personal offence or upset I have caused Rachel and hope she will come on Newsnight again soon.

Best

Ian

Don’t count on it…

READ: Labour’s Angry Email to Ian Katz

Guido understands that this landed in Ian Katz’s inbox this morning:

“We would like to express our anger and disappointment at your tweet following Newsnight’s interview with Rachel Reeves. It is completely unacceptable for a senior BBC editor to have expressed this view, whether or not you intended for it to be made public. It is vitally important that the Labour Party, our Shadow Cabinet and Newsnight viewers have confidence in the impartiality and fairness of your programme, and the criteria on which guests and interviews are judged. This incident undermines that confidence and it is important that this is redressed. Although a tweet of apology has been made, a full written public apology should be made by the end of the day.”

The new job is going well then…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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