Guardian Grovel Over “Insidious” Hit Piece

The Guardian’s readers’ editor has censured the editor of its opinion desk for writing a hatchet job on anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz. Chris Elliott blasts David Shariatmadari’s interview as “insidious” and “wrong“:

“The editorial guidelines state clearly that if a journalist thinks there is a case to be made for using pejorative anonymous quotations the matter should be discussed with a senior editor. In this case these were discussed and the editor approved the use of the quotations… the use of anonymous quotes is an insidious way to take a swipe at public figures, and the Guardian was wrong to have used three in this way”

Intriguingly, Elliott also investigated whether the Guardianset him up“, revealing a gushing email sent by commissioning editor Nosheen Iqbal to Nawaz prior to the piece being written. This is how Iqbal got Nawaz to take part:

“Given Maajid’s consistently dedicated work to combat extremism and the increased public awareness around Quilliam Foundation following the PM’s speech yesterday, would be great to build on that momentum and flag up the crucial work being done behind the scenes.”

You wouldn’t have guessed it would be a hit job, would you?

Judging by this tweet critcising Nawaz the day before she sent that email, Iqbal wasn’t being entirely truthful about her motives for commissioning the piece:

Given the Guardian regularly gives a platform to terrorists and Islamic extremists, it’s ironic to see how they treat someone who campaigns against extremism…

Guardianisation of Buzzfeed Continues

The Guardian’s head of news is the latest to twig that former colleagues who’ve jumped to Buzzfeed are getting paid more money for less work:

Millar joins Janine Gibson and James Ball as part of the ongoing exodus from Kings Place to their more productivity-relaxed internet alter ego.

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Owen Jones: Then and Now

Owen Jones, 4 May 2015: “Russell Brand has endorsed Labour – and the Tories should be worried.”

Owen Jones, 4 August 2015: “The Right are mocking Jeremy Corbyn because they fear him.”

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

The Corbian Hiring

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The journal of record for Corbynistas is advertising for a “Wealth Correspondent”.  Are they thinking of launching an FT-style “How to spend it” section?

According to an email from Kath Viner (basic salary £340,000) they will cover “the wealth gap and the super-rich elite” Sort of like “How they spend it”? 

We are looking for a wealth correspondent to write news articles, features, liveblogs, interviews, background and other material on the wealth gap and the super-rich elite. Combining financial literacy with first-rate storytelling, you will generate exclusive news stories with national and international impact, focusing on the super-wealthy, their lives, their influence, and the impact they have on society.

Guido’s source inside King’s Place says “The wealth correspondent is a Corbyn correspondent by another name. Place has gone nuts for Corbyn. People like Freedland and Kettle are walking around in a daze.” Apparently when Corbyn came in the fan hysteria was worse even than when Benedict Cumberbatch visited…

Wintour is Coming… To Serve the Beverages

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It sounds like Guardian Pol Ed Patrick Wintour enjoyed flying with the PM back from Asia. The Speccie have the inside story from 35,000 feet:

“Wintour – who appeared to be enjoying the champagne on offer – decided the time had come for him to be a trolley dolly and assisted an air hostess by taking the other end of the trolley.

To the surprise of ministers on the plane, he made his way down the aisle putting ice and lemon in the cups, and getting drinks out of the drawers on his side of the trolley, repeatedly shouting ‘this is so easy’.”

Must have been the jet lag…

Jingoism from Guardianistas Over FT Sale

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There’s been an outbreak of jingoistic fervour among media luvvies following yesterday’s announcement that Japan’s Nikkei bought the FT for £844 million.

First there was a glorious moment on Newsnight last night when Kirsty Wark felt the need to assure Will Hutton “I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all” as she questioned his line that foreign owners of British media might not have the correct “purpose“.

Wark: What you seem to be suggesting is, that there should be some kind of imperial protectionism here

Hutton: I’m not suggesting that at all, what I’m saying is…

Wark: I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all

This morning we have the odd declaration on the Guardian‘s front page that it is “British based” and “British owned“. Complete with a Union Jack Flag..

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Odd when you consider that the Guardian wins its prized Pulitzers in the US and keeps its assets untaxed in the Cayman Islands…

Guardian: Attack of the Killer Climate Change Slides

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The Guardian‘s weatherwatch blog has outdone itself with a scare piece warning that “the increasingly hot British sun is seen as a safety hazard” for children playing in the park.

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“In America and Australia there are government health warnings to parents about the danger of their children getting burned on playground equipment that has been heated up in the summer sun…This has not been considered a hazard in England but it is now.

There is now a great deal of discussion between the local council, insurers and RoSPA, the accident prevention experts, on how to proceed now that the increasingly hot British sun is seen as a safety hazard on children’s play equipment.”

What a load of hot air…

New Guardian Editor Names and Shames Traffic De-Link-quent Hacks

New Guardian editor Kath Viner is making her mark at King’s Place. Busy news journalists were grateful for this urgent missive yesterday, reminding them of “one of the most important elements of… good journalism” – adding links to previous Guardian articles in your copy to game traffic. She is even naming and shaming hacks who don’t comply.

One of the easiest things everyone can do is link to other Guardian stories when writing a Guardian story.

It’s very simple (highlight the word; Apple K; paste in link) and yet is one of the most important elements of digital practice and good journalism. It gives readers context and background, and it drives traffic.

It’s especially relevant for reporters and writers; simply add as many relevant links as you can to previous articles (which may well include items you wrote yourself). Although desk editors and subs often help out after the fact, it’s not their responsibility — the person who wrote the story is best-placed to know the linkable items that will be most helpful to readers.

Ophan has a particular page to show the most-read pieces on a given day which contain no internal links. Here is yesterday’s list of shame.

If you’re unsure how to do it, feel free to have a discreet word with anyone on the desks, or Chris Moran.

Get linking please!

Thanks,
Kath

Newshounds breaking stories might unfairly sniff at Viner’s features background, but she is of course completely correct. You can read Guido’s past stories on the Guardian and Ms. Viner here and here

Guardian Heatwave Liveblog Closes After Servers Overheat

There we all were enjoying the Guardian’s heatwave liveblog…

When disaster struck…

To make things worse, the air con at King’s Place packed in as well:

“There is currently a fault with the main chiller unit for the building.”

Staff have now been sent home:

Dear all

Because of the heat we are having some problems with cooling key systems. 

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Grauniad’s Counter-Errorism Strategy

Reporting on the government’s counter-extremism strategy:
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Fight errorism![…]

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Doctors: Capitalism ‘Conflicts With Health and Public Interest’

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The BMJone of the world’s oldest and most respected general medical journals, have condemned capitalism for inducing behaviours that conflict with “ecological health“.

“There should also be agreement that the primary and legally bound duty of fossil fuel companies to maximise profit for shareholders induces behaviours that conflict with ecological health and the public interest.”

The punchy claim was made in a peer reviewed editorial backing the Guardian’s nutty campaign for charities to withdraw their investments from fossil fuel companies and coincided with an open letter signed by the BMJ’s editor-in-chief that also backed the campaign.[…]

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Supercar Socialist: Polly Toynbee’s £135,000 Ferrari

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Watch Polly Toynbee call a Ferrari a “misogynist motif of the patriarchal social order” and George Monbiot rev up a Land Rover as they ‘audition’ to be the new presenter on Top Gear:

Well at least Guido has a new stock image for Polly stories…[…]

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Peak Comment is Free

Riiiiiiight.[…]

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LOL: Guardian’s Janine Gibson New Buzzfeed UK Chief

Confirming Buzzfeed’s status as the growing place where disappointed hacks retreat for more money and less work, Janine Gibson is off to do “serious news” as their editor-in-chief.

In a swift update to his Twitter bio, current editor Luke Lewis has been forced sideways to be Executive Editor.[…]

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Guardian ‘Posh’ Whinge Backfires

The best-rated comment under this Guardian whinge about Oxbridge and privately educated candidates getting all the top jobs?

Collar 8h ago:

Then why doesn’t the Guardian take a lead on this?

Guardian Staff: (all school fees are as 2013/14)

Katherine Viner / Ripon Grammar School (Selective) / Pembroke College, Oxford (English)
Alan Rusbridger / Cranleigh Independent Boarding School (per term £10610) / Magdalene College, Cambridge (Eng Lit)
Martin Kettle / Leeds Modern School (Grammar) / Balliol College, Oxford.

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Guardian: How Climate Change Could Ruin Your Weekend

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The Guardian have taken their trolling game up a notch with the spectacularly titled article: “No more beer, chocolate or coffee: how climate change could ruin your weekend”.

It warns that if we don’t take global warming seriously, we will run out of beer, there won’t be any oysters left to eat, we will hit “peak chocolate” ( like peak oil, but worse), the coffee growers will give up and we’ll have to drink Swedish wine. […]

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