The Indy say he’s quitting as Guardian editor in the summer.
Presumably he’s off to Buzzfeed…
Guido thought this deserved a wider audience:
The Guardian failed to disclose that the author of an article, Sunil Khilnani, is married to the subject of his feature story, Katherine Boo. Khilnani’s article in The Guardian reports on the adaptation of Boo’s book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, into a theater production, her research for the book, as well as the economic issues in India. Boo published the non-fiction account of life in the Mumbai slums in 2012. At the bottom of the article, the only disclosure for Khilnani is that he is “the author of The Idea of India.”
iMediaEthics e-mailed The Guardian to ask why there was no disclosure of the conflict of interest. As of publication, we haven’t heard back from the newspaper. However, by 3:30 PM EST, the following disclosure has been added to the article:
“Sunil Khilnani is the author of The Idea of India and is the husband of Katherine Boo.
“The footnote was amended on 16 November 2014 to include the fact that the author is married to Katherine Boo, in line with the Guardian’s editorial code.”
Font consistency is peace. Standardised email signature is strength. The thought police at the Guardian have sent this diktat ordering staff to comply with their “clear brand guidelines” to be “ever so slightly ‘un-British'”:
From: Steve Hawker
Date: 30 October 2014 11:19
Subject: Email signature and font consitency
In the first step of getting some brand consistency across the sales teams’ collateral and in order for us to be ever so slightly ‘un-British’ and make some noise about our recent achievements, I would like you all to read the below so we can implement a standardised email signature and also amend your font to the ‘PC standard’ Guardian font – Georgia. This will sit across Media, Jobs and Labs.
A more automated and jpeg based solution is in progress along with clear brand guidelines accompanied by official Guardian Fonts on every machine, but for now it would be good if we can ALL make this first step.
Only the Guardian could email their staff about font consistency and spell it wrong in the subject line…
The Guardian is coming in for a lot of criticism – not least from its own staff – for this piece by Jonathan Jones today describing the Tower of London poppies as a “fake… UKIP-style memorial”. It’s the most read article on the Guardian website today, seemingly because of the numbers queuing up to pan it. A quick look at readers’ responses suggest this sort of metropolitan Guardianista sneering is why UKIP are on the rise. It’s their equivalent of MailOnline clickbait, only less classy…
The Guardian have done a run down of the MPs with the biggest declared outside earnings. There could only be one man at the top of the list. How much of Gordon’s £492,331 income declared in the last Register of Members’ Interests has gone to charity?
Are you a bookworm who can’t bring yourself to boost the profits of a nasty offshore tax-avoiding corporation? Alan Rusbridger has a suggestion for you:
Of course the anti-Amazon Guardian bookshop neglects to mention to potential customers that the newspaper’s offices are owned offshore. Nor do they disclose their owner’s use of a Caymans Islands corporation to avoid stamp duty. Nor that for three quarters of a century the Guardian has been shirking taxes. Even worse, the first thing that appears when you click on the website is Russell Brand’s face…
Douglas Carswell didn’t fancy answering questions about Farage’s suggestion that immigrants with HIV should be banned from Britain, though not for the want of trying of the Guardian’s Nick Watt. UKIP’s new MP managed to deflect being reminded “Douglas your father was a pioneer! Your father was a pioneer in discovering aids!” by talking about Australian points systems. A party advocating a free NHS for all comers worldwide on the doorstep will lose a lot of votes…
The bedwetters always complain about Guido’s fashion focused Leaders’ Wives conference coverage, yet the posts are always very popular and widely shared. More often or not they are followed up by the popular press. Today, Guido was particularly amused to see the not so popular Guardian’s Conference Diary by Sir Michael White, with a little help from Imogen Fox the deputy fashion editor, joining in on this important angle:
“Wilfully simple and unambiguously blue. The sartorial advisers for the leader’s speech had clearly opened the Farrow & Ball blue paint chart and locked the parameters at parma gray and drawing-room blue. How happy must they have been that the steel pillars at Birmingham’s the ICC fitted into the scheme. All the better to choreograph the image of David walking in his anonymous dark navy suit and matching tie (pitch blue, possibly?) holding hands with Samantha in her parma gray Hobbs sleeveless dress.”
Enough of the moaning. The readers want it…
The nasty left wing press really should stop these personal attacks…[…]
The Guardian’s George Monbiot has finally met his nemo-sis. Eel be sorry for carping on at Observer food writer Jay Rayner, who took the oppor-tuna-ty to put Moon-bait in his plaice over his roe-ful “dictat on fish“ (sic). […]
Hugh Muir’s Guardian diary has been discontinued after seven years:
“It’s been a glorious responsibility, but it’s time to shoulder another. Our diary will also take a rest. In its place from next week, the world seen through different eyes