Monday, January 21, 2013

Staff Comment is Not Free

Over the Guardian/Observer Weekend this comment kept disappearing from their website, for some reason:

 “Afternoon Alan - I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously.

 As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down the food chain: the production grunts, the desk-bound, the ones who actually produce the content.

We’re working harder and harder (because we love the papers), coping with dwindling resources and morale, we’re badly mismanaged, and trying to cope with the life-changing threat of compulsory redundancies – all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top.

So I just want to say thanks for the series of articles – three now, isn’t it? – about learning to play your Fazioli piano. They’re brilliantly timed, and I know they’ll lift spirits. We always wondered how you filled your days, how you spent your fortune. Now we know.”

Concerned staff members were sure to send it over to Media Guido though…

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Exclusive: Dan Sabbagh New Guardian National News Editor

The Guardian’s Head of Media and Tech Dan Sabbagh has been promoted to National News Editor. After having a good war in the War on Murdoch he clearly deserved a battlefield promotion.

Congratulations…

The Trannies are Coming!
Guardian Preparing for Burchill Siege

From: Internal Communications

Date: 17 January 2013 15:31

Subject: Kings Place

To: ALL NOTES USERS

We have been informed that around 4.30pm today members and supporters of the trans community will be gathering outside Kings Place in response to last Sunday’s Julie Burchill comment piece.

Security are aware and we will monitor the situation carefully. We do not believe that this will affect staff working in the office, but if you are expecting guests you might like to let them know in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Tsung (Head of Workplace Management) or Ian Carter (Workplace Manager).

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Guardian under siege!

UPDATE: Observer deputy editor Paul Webster has picked up a megaphone and is apologising to the offended masses outside Guardian HQ:

Pic via @PavanAmara

Monday, January 14, 2013

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Swaine Owns Haynes

We are being spoiled for media ding dongs so far this year. You have to wonder whether Guardian website guy Jonathan Haynes still thinks that pointing out of a typo on the Telegraph was so funny. The replies from Telegraph Washington correspondent Jon Swaine have been sent into Guido half a dozen times:

Wince…

Have Cocks and Have Nots

This weekend played host to an almighty media bitch fight turned left-wing civil war between furious feminists and “bed-wetting” transsexuals. It all kicked off when Guardian and New Statesman columnist and heroine of the fairer sex Suzanne Moore stomped off Twitter after opining  in the Staggers last week: “[Women] are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual. Moore deactivated her account, not before going out in a truly spectacular blaze of glory, telling her followers: “People can just f*** off really. Cut their d***s off and be more feminist than me. Good for them”. Quite.

julieStep forward Julie Burchill, Moore’s feminist friend and fellow Guardianista. Taking up arms in defence of her under fire colleague in her Observer column, Burchill went tonto. Suggesting that “a gaggle of transsexuals telling Suzanne Moore how to write looks a lot like how I’d imagine the Black and White Minstrels telling Usain Bolt how to run would look”, Burchill proceeded to launch a stinging attack against the ‘trans lobby’, denouncing them as “screaming mimis”, “Shims, shemales, whatever you’re calling yourselves these days”, and “bed-wetting transsexuals” who “have your c**k cut off and then plead special privileges as women”. Cue lefty rage.

Basking in the illiberal glow of the post-Leveson world, shouty crackers LibDem minister Lynne Featherstone went all Tom Watson and demanded Burchill be sacked:

While Alan Rusbridger conveniently forgot that he is editor-in-chief of Guardian News Media as he went into full defensive mode:

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As the dust settled this morning lefty commentators were still entrenched behind their barricades desperately trying to out-feminist each other. Man-bags at dawn…

UPDATE: The Guardian/Observer combine started Friday claiming it “OWNED” the weekend, by Monday it had disowned the Burchill article, self-censoring and removing it.

 The Observer is a paper which prides itself on ventilating difficult debates and airing challenging views. On this occasion we got it wrong and in light of the hurt and offence caused I apologise and have made the decision to withdraw the piece.

A lack of editorial balls…

Friday, January 11, 2013

Guardian Fails to Pay Blogger Attacking Unpaid Internships

Good on the Guardian for joining the fight against unpaid internships by publishing a blog post by student Libby Page last month. Libby bravely told how:

“A big step for me was finding the confidence to value myself enough to warrant a wage. Although we all feel grateful for experiences gained within companies, we shouldn’t underestimate the work we do there, or what we have to offer.”

Quite right too. Of course the Guardian would certainly be paying Libby for her work, wouldn’t they? Surely they could not be so cynical as to run a blog by a student attacking unpaid work and then not pay her? Alas not. Press Gazette reports that Libby was in fact not paid a penny by the Guardian for her piece, as she revealed on Twitter:

Owned

Friday, January 4, 2013

Greens Smear UKIP over Holocaust Denial

holocRemember Jenny Jones? The Green Party candidate for London mayor doesn’t get much airtime these days, but she popped up yesterday after gleefully falling for a hoax . Having received an email Christmas card from “Nig@UKIP” – how inventive – claiming to be from the UKIP leader and bearing a Holocaust-denying cartoon by the infamous Sylvia Stolz, Jones asked:

Guido hears the Guardian fell for the Most Obvious Hoax of the Century hook line and sinker as well, chasing the party for a comment before being laughed off the telephone. No apology from Jenny yet. Guido wouldn’t recommend she reads any emails asking her to urgently send money somewhere…

UPDATE: Jones admits her naivety, still no apology though:

https://twitter.com/GreenJennyJones/status/287162291332468736

Friday, December 21, 2012

Guardian Live Blog Their Own Demise

The morning after we learn that the Mail Online now has almost double the reach of the Guardian, Kings Place’s finest are pouring precious resources into Live Blogging the ‘end of the world’:

Guido is sure that those facing the chop in editorial this Christmas find the whole thing hilarious.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guardian Vote for Strike Ballot

The Guardian NUJ chapter have voted to ballot all staff on whether to strike over forced redundancies. That could be a £100,000 day saving for the management.

Guardian insiders say it is “odds on” that the strike ballot will pass.

All out…

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Polly Goes Crackers
Entire Column Riddled with Inaccuracy

pollyIf you’re about to launch yourself into an almighty rant about people you do not like being “inept” , it’s probably a good idea to make sure you get your facts right. Guido meant to complete this take down of Tuscany’s finest earlier, but got distracted. Polly Toynbee’s diatribe this morning was riddled with more mistakes than she owns houses. The entire premise of the article was a half-time review of the coalition, which Polly states is tomorrow, it seems pretty much everyone else disagrees. The Guardian‘s very own Patrick Wintour set it at  the beginning last month. He even wrote his own half time report…

She talks of “cutting into a slump has killed demand, paralysed investment and choked off growth”, wilfully blind to the fact that the ONS say retail was up 1.6% in October on the year, and 4.9% since 2010. Consumer confidence is also up – seven points in one month – and the UK currently enjoys the highest business confidence in the EU. It’s hardly much to write home about, nevertheless you could be forgiven for thinking Polly is ignoring the fact that GDP increased by 1% in Q3. Note that she can’t explain what is going on with the employment figures either.

Polly concludes: “This is the world of Smythson of Bond Street, headed by Cameron’s wife”. A basic fact-check from a sub would have thrown up the fact that SamCam quit “heading up” Smythson in May 2010. The whole thing is wrong from top to bottom.

Did anyone even read it before it went to print?


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UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
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Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



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It’s money innit.


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