Ed’s Guardian Problem (Part II)

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As Guido pointed out yesterday Ed Miliband appears to have lost the support of the Guardian’s political writers, today the paper splashes on the loss of faith within the shadow cabinet. This is despite, or perhaps because, he recently came to the Guardian’s offices to do a Q & A session with the editorial team…

Ed’s Guardian Problem

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Labour spin-doctors have always feared the “Tory press”, they should take a look at the headlines in their own hinterland, the above are from Yesterday’s Guardian. They dwell on the Ed Problem. If the core Labour luvvie vote is lost what hope is their for Ed as the polls narrow. The UK Polling Report rolling average has Labour now on 35% and the Tories on 32% with the trend showing Labour declining. 45 weeks to go…

Rusbridger: We Need the BBC to Go Out of Business

Evan Davis and Alan Rusbridger got their handbags out at a media luvvie lunch. Davis touched a nerve by arguing that the newspaper industry needs three dailies to go out of business to survive, provoking a much more sensible alternative suggestion from the Guardian editor. Press Gazette has the video:

ED: “Really, we need, don’t we… a healthy, vibrant, five-newspaper industry, good newspapers, well resourced, print and online. We need three dailies to go out of business don’t we? There’s just a ridiculous over capacity in this market. How does that happen? We don’t seem to be seeing papers exiting the market, which is what happens when the technology changes and the demand for that product diminishes.”

AR: “Well, I’m going to make a very cheap point here, Evan, and say that the same is true of the BBC. We need the BBC to go out of the market.”

Elsewhere this week, Harriet Harman raised the possibility that Labour would support the abolition of the licence fee. Auntie’s friends are turning on her…

The Guardian Out Guardians Itself

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IDS’s Comms Chief Gives Guardian Both Benefits Barrels

Former Sun man turned DWP’s new Director of Communications really doesn’t like the Guardian. Richard Caseby has written an 815-word takedown of the paper for Press Gazette, accusing them of inaccuracy, hysteria and “demonising” public servants:

“Why is it that the national newspaper which devotes the most coverage to welfare reform reports on it with such pinpoint inaccuracy? Is it ineptitude or ideology? Is it the innumeracy of its journalists? Day after day, Alan Rusbridger’s Guardian gets its facts wrong.”

First in the firing line is Polly Toynbee:

“Within weeks of my starting as the Director of Communications at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Polly Toynbee stuck the knife in, saying people “could forget factual information” now I had been appointed. It was a typical Guardian smear based on the evidence of absolute zilch. Toynbee managed to throw in two inaccuracies of her own about Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). So much for “forgetting factual information”. Exquisitely, her apology and corrections run to almost a quarter of the length of her original column.”

Guardian clarifications are not always so prominent and easy to secure, however:

“Truth is, the only way to extract a correction from the Guardian is to treat it like a landed eel. Stand on its head until it spits one out. It’s that slippery.”

Caseby concludes with some friendly advice for Alan Rusbridger:

“The Guardian is drifting into choppy waters again. When Mr Rusbridger waged war on News International, he and his staff got so giddy with the factoids they ended up publishing the longest correction in British newspaper history. It took days of standing on the eel, but it spat one out in the end. Today the same hysteria is creeping into the Guardian’s coverage of the DWP, whose thousands of staff are working hard to introduce the biggest reforms for 60 years…It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants. Mr Rusbridger might wish to get a grip on his skittish staff. He could start by encouraging an ethos of criticism based on fact. His reporters’ latest excursion outside the London bubble in an ill-conceived mission tomisrepresent Newcastle as the UK’s industrially imploded Detroit was so laughable in its misrepresentation even Buzzfeed took the mickey.”

At least he didn’t send round a loo-roll this time. You gonna take that, Alan? 

BBC Ignoring Rival Debates Bid

The balanced BBC seems to be ignoring the YouTube / Guardian / Telegraph debates proposal. Guido noticed nothing on any of the BBC news shows. Nothing on the Six or the Ten, Newsnight or the Today programme. Almost as if they want it to go away…

A source from the bid consortium says they have definite positive interest from the parties.

N.B. Guy News is mulling over a debate bid…

Guardian‘s Man in Moscow Slams Loony Guardian Columnist

Eternally unhinged, freedom-hating, commie-loving, loony lefty John Pilger is off on one again in the Guardian today, rehashing everything he has ever written and blaming America and Britain for the situation in Ukraine:

“The US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders. In many cases Britain has been a collaborator… For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last “buffer state” bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US and the EU. We in the west are now backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler.”

Alrighty then. Unsurprisingly Pilger’s latest conspiracy theory is being widely mocked by all quarters, including the Guardian’s own Moscow correspondent:

The penny finally drops that he’s a nutter…

One Rule for Owen…

Owen Jones launches a one man campaign to ban people from calling Boris by his first name today, ironically on a platform called Comment is Free.

In the first line of his third paragraph Owen asks: “can we drop the over-familiar “Boris”, please?”

Then, two sentences later: “If Ed Miliband was filmed flailing around on a zip-wire, it’d be game over, but with Boris, it was all “LOL!””

That went well.

#Guardian100m: The Road to £30,900,000 Losses

The Guardian is in full back-slapping self-congratulatory mode this afternoon as it reaches 100 million monthly unique browsers for the first time. They are even treating lucky readers to a video taking them along the Road to 100 million[…]

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Another Guardian Writer in Prison

Campaigners at English Pen are giving Chris Grayling a kicking by asking famous writers to join a “mass protest” by naming the book they would most like to send a prisoner. Martin Amis, Carol Ann Duffy, Hermione Lee and many […]

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Newsnight Hire Pro-Labour TUC Wonk as Economics Editor

newsnightStephanie “Two Eds” Flanders used to annoy Tory MPs when she was the economics pundit on Newsnight, before her the quasi-Marxist Paul Mason had them shouting at the telly. Well imagine how they are going to react to the […]

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