Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Free the Guardian One

However bad your Tuesday morning might be going, at least you’re not Guardian Special Projects editor Paul Lewis, who has been stuck in a lift for the last 45 minutes:

Guido looks forward to Reading the Elevator: a data-driven study into the causes and consequences of why the lift broke down…

Friday, April 12, 2013

Guardian Phone-Hacker David Leigh Retires

David Leigh, the Guardian’s ‘public interest’ phone-hacker in chief, is retiring to spend more time with his two phones. Guido never got that apology for Leigh’s less than polite untruths back in 2011. That awkward admission in full:

There is certainly a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages… unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets. That is my defence, when I try to explain newspaper methods to my current university journalism students, and some of whom are rather shocked.”

Send in the clowns…

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guardian Say Sorry to Miliband

Well that was quick:

The apology in question relates to a Guardian editorial rather awkwardly claiming Miliband defended extraordinary rendition. Their mea culpa in full:

“In an editorial about the resignation of David Miliband we made an incorrect reference to “his role in defending extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects”. He has never defended extraordinary rendition, nor the evidence gained from torture in court cases. We apologise unreservedly for stating otherwise.”

What would Brian say?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guardian Poll Finds 50%-34% Support For Thatcher

The Guardian are saying the results of their ICM poll are “divided”. In electoral terms, that would be called a landslide…

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Tip-Off For the Guardian Investigations Team

Today’s Guardian splashes on millions of leaked emails revealing the “secrets of the super-rich” using offshore tax havens to hide vast sums of money from the Exchequer. One company was missing from the list: GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited, registered and still active on the Cayman Islands. The last time Guido asked the company’s owners, Guardian Media Group, for an explanation he was told their spokesperson was, er, abroad. When Guido asked Liz Forgan of the Scott Trust what was going on, she tried to blame it on Apax, GMG’s investment partner. Even Alan Rusbridger promised to look in to it, making a note of the company name on his phone.

Always one to help their journalists get to the bottom of the mystery, Guido suggests the Guardian’s investigations team take a look at the following:

  • If GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited holds no assets, why have its owners continued to pay registration fees since 2007 so it can remain an active company?
  • If it does hold assets what is the total present value of GMG and associated companies’ assets held via the Cayman Islands or other offshore tax havens?
  • Does GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited have “sham” nominee directors, if so, who are they?

If they could answer these questions, now that would be a great story…

Further reading on the Guardian’s tax hypocrisy:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Media Bitch Fight: @ToryEducation v Suzanne Moore

The mysterious @ToryEducation has gone all Toby Helm on Suzanne Moore this afternoon:

Yadda yadda yadda…

Rusbridger Blinks

The Guardian sprung a surprise last night by not completely capitulating and signing up to statutory regulation. Rusbridger says wait a year to see if the press can show it can behave itself under an independent regulatory system:

“Establish an independent recognition panel – again free of press or political involvement. Equip it with a copy of the Leveson report and the minutes of all the meetings between politicians and the press since November, which helpfully flesh out its meanings and ambiguities. Let them reach a judgment on whether the new regulator is, and does, what Leveson had in mind. Allow the system to bed in for a year or so and for a dialogue between regulator and recogniser about what works and what needs tweaking. Then, and only then, think about wrapping it all up in a royal charter. People may by then have a clearer idea of the value of an endorsement by Buckingham Palace. A charter should in other words seal the deal, not describe it. If the press can show it is committed to a truly independent system that works then there may be less need for royal cement. Real independence matters more than statute and there may need to be a hard deadline to keep up the pressure on the press.”

Chris “yes please” Blackhurst is looking pretty lonely right now.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monbiot’s Three Year Charity Sentence

Guardian green and loony lefty George Monbiot has agreed to carry out three years of charity work as payment for libelling Lord McAlpine. In a grovelling statement a grateful Monbiot said:

moonbat“I accepted the suggestion immediately and without reservation. I feel the proposed settlement reflects very well on Lord McAlpine, who is seeking nothing for himself, but wants to see work done which could be of great benefit to others. I have been prompted by Lord McAlpine’s admirable proposal to do the right thing – something I should have been doing all along – and I hope very much that I am able to do it well.”

Unlucky Philip Schofield

Friday, March 8, 2013

Guardian Plain Packs Scoop Plain Wrong

“Government to legislate for plain cigarette packaging this year”, claimed Tuesday’s Guardian scoop. A “senior Whitehall source” vows “there will be legislation”, reported Patrick Wintour. All pretty certain then; no chance of having jumped the gun. Step forward David Cameron on Thursday: “The decision has not been taken”. Doh.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Guardian Goes on Strike

Scabs beware: the NUJ are taking no prisoners for this afternoon’s Guardian and Observer strike. The walls at Kings Place have been emblazoned with shouty red “stop work” posters and hacks are being warned not to break ranks. Friday evening without them, what will we do…

Via @KevinJRawlinson

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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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