Labour MP: Corbyn Should ‘Grow Up’ and Quit ‘Stop The War’

Birmingham MP Jess Phillips was on fine form on Channel 4 News last night debating with Stop The War co-founder John Rees. She didn’t take too kindly to the implication she wasn’t a straight talker…

Channel 4 Employ CAGE Extremist

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Channel 4 has taken on a new training scheme employee for its flagship current affairs investigation programme Dispatches. However, someone at HR may have been slightly lax with background checks, because the new hire is none other than former CAGE press officer Amandla Thomas-Johnson. Aside from his work at CAGE, Thomas-Johnson used to be head of The Federation of Student Islamic Societies, where he was vocal in his support of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic theologian who is best known for his support of FGM, Hitler, and the killing of homosexuals, Israelis and apostates. Amandla had this to say about the Irish government’s refusal to grant him entry to the country:

“Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi is a distinguished scholar whose views are respected by Muslims from around the world. It is a shame to see that yet another prominent Muslim figure is being targeted due to his religious convictions.”

Dispatches is known for its undercover investigations, such as its critically acclaimed film Undercover Mosquewhich uncovered hidden extremism in key British Muslim institutions. Guido is sure Thomas-Johnson has plenty of inside expertise in that area…

Government Considering Privatising Channel 4

Downing Street snapper Steve Back (@PoliticalPics) has once again papped someone indiscreetly holding up “sensitive” papers as they walk into No. 10, this time revealing the government are looking at privatising Channel 4:

When will they learn…

When Jacob Met Jess

In an unusually watchable piece of television on Channel 4 News last night, Jacob Rees-Mogg gave Labour rising star Jess Phillips a tour around his North East Somerset constituency. Watch out for the part where Philips compares the long-serving Rees-Mogg family nanny to “the dog in Peter Pan”…

Guido feels a wife-swap style reality programme coming on…

Burnham: Corbyn Making Excuses For Putin

Jeremy “Can I finish?” Corbyn’s famous temper frayed at this afternoon’s Channel 4 hustings when Andy Burnham accused him of “making excuses for Putin“:

“No I’m not Andy that is ridiculous, that is ridiculous. Andy, Andy, that is ridiculous.”

Burnham has previously threatened to quit Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet if he pushes ahead with his policy on leaving Nato. You’ll never be Shadow Chancellor if you criticise the dear leader like that, Andy…

Toby Young versus Owen Jones on Entryism

Another Double-Jobbing Broadcast Boss Channel 4 Could Grill

Cathy Newman gave BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead a going over on Channel 4 News last night for earning half a million quid from her second job at HSBC. On top of the £110,000-a-year she trousers from her 3 day week at the Beeb.

Tune in tonight where Cathy will surely be grilling another taxpayer-funded broadcast boss. Terry Burns is paid a salary of £100,000 for five days a month, which, like Rona, is topped up with a six figure second job as a director at a bank, Santander.

Except Cathy isn’t going to be grilling him this evening, because Burns is the chairman of Channel 4…

Channel 4 News Economics Editor: Capitalism “Past Its Best”

Ah, Paul Mason. Channel 4’s resident communist hero-worshipper has taken some time out of spinning for Syriza to write this gem for the New Statesman‘s ironically titled “saying the unsayable” series:

“It’s becoming just about sayable, though to howls of pain, that neoliberal economics is nonsense. And that the neoliberal model is broken. What’s hard for the economics profession to accept is what this means: that capitalism itself could be past its best. The traditional escape mechanism – adaptation through high-value job creation and the creation of new technologies – becomes hard to maintain once information technology pervades everything, tanking production costs. So we are stuck: we fear automating en masse because we can’t imagine what jobs people will do who are displaced. This is the clearest sign that we might be living through a 500-year turning point, not just a 50-year one, with the exhaustion of a model and a financial crash.”

How exactly has the “neoliberal model” – or capitalism, as more rational people call it – fared in the last 40 years? Well it has delivered an 80% decline in world poverty for starters:

Does that really look like a “broken” model?

Suzanne Evans Confuses Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Faisal Islam

If you are a UKIP spokesman doing an interview about your party’s problems with racism, you probably should try not to confuse Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy with Sky News’ inimitable Faisal Islam.

Yet, spectacularly, that is what Suzanne Evans did […]

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Idiocy of Channel 4’s News Wall

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Channel 4 News has discovered animated GIFs. They have launched a web page full of them – presumably for people who find reading 140 character tweets too mentally taxing. The flickering GIFs come with a health warning that “they may […]

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The Nation’s Favourite Focus Group Slaughters Miliband, Again

Miliband V Gogglebox. The gift that keeps on giving…[…]

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