Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Look Mehdi, US Cartoon Mocks 9/11 And No One Gets Shot

“I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists,” says Mehdi Hasan as he finally gives his two cents on the Paris terror attack. He asks: “Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t).”

Actually, Mehdi, US cartoons constantly make jokes about 9/11, and pretty mainstream, much-loved ones too. Here are just three such gags from Family Guy:

And look, a “cartoon mocking the Holocaust”:

And yet no one reached for their Kalashnikov…

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mr Hasan Goes to Washington

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Terrible news: Mehdi is leaving Al-HuffPo to join Al-Jazeera in DC. After the letter to Mr Dacre didn’t pay off, it looks like the one to AJ did. “Dear Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani”…

Joking apart, we’ll miss you Mehdi. Congratulations.

UPDATE:

For a sense of perspective Al Jazeera America has 1% of the audience that Fox News does…

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Mehdi Effect: HuffPo Promote Iranian State Propaganda

How far will the Huffington Post stoop to attack a commercial rival? Today they have published a story promoting a video from Iranian state propaganda TV channel Press TV, best known for its anti-Semitic broadcasts, spinning for Ahmadinejad and promoting the country’s nuclear programme. And there was Guido thinking Al-HuffPo were only doing the Qataris’ dirty work…

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mehdi’s HuffPo Peddled ISIS Conspiracy Theory as Lead Story

“Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA?” asks Mehdi Hasan sarcastically in his HuffPo column this afternoon. It’s a good piece and worth reading, in it Mehdi argues that many Muslims around the world too often fall for loony conspiracy theories. He asks:

“Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities?”

Who would peddle such nonsense? HuffPo UK, of which Mehdi is Political Director, ran this as their splash just three weeks ago:

‘Password 360′ is one of the main ISIS conspiracy theories, alleging that the latest great threat to civilisation is all a big CIA plot. Three weeks ago HuffPo thought it was worth running as their lead story. Where do people get their crazy ideas, eh?

UPDATE: Guido has been reminded that Mehdi once peddled his own conspiracy theory that 535 people controlled by the “American Israel lobby” were blocking peace in the Middle East? Why, indeed, is the Muslim world in thrall to conspiracy theories?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Carla Buzasi OUT at HuffPoUK
Soft-core Editor Returns To Fashion World 

The Huffington Post UK’s founding editor Carla Buzasi is out of the job. Media Guardian remain tactful:

“The move is a blow to HuffPo UK, which tried to keep Buzasi’s hankering for life beyond news sated by promoting her to lead global editorial strategy for lifestyle…”

Poor Mehdi seems to have been overlooked for the top job.

Perhaps new editor Stephen Hull could clear up the vanity project’s greatest conundrum. Why does a website that campaigns against Page 3 and the exploitation of women, rely so heavily on pictures of naked girls to boost their flat-lining traffic numbers? Here are Carla’s Greatest Tits:

Boobing Buzasi claimed to be fighting the feminist cause, while editing a site littered with content every day that bordered on soft porn.

So long Carla, it’s been tit-tastic.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Carla In Jealous Bikini Huff

Guido is beginning to wonder whether Huffington Post UK editor Carla Buzasi is smoking crack:

Really Carla, really?

Shall we have a look at what HuffPo have been up to recently. For starters, the word bikini brings up 24,700 on a search of the site. Recent additions include:

Beach Babes: 150 Hot Celebrity Bikini Bodies (PICTURES)

Abbey Clancy Shows Off Her Figure In Barely-There Bikini (PICS)

And Guido’s personal favourite:

‘TOWIE’ Star Bobby Norris And Boyfriend Harry Derbidge Let It All Hang Out In Bizarre Swimwear In Marbella (PICS)

The caveat must be ‘successful’ – not a word often associated with Arianna’s London vanity project.

Friday, April 25, 2014

HuffPo Has Photo of Couple Having Sex on Front Page

Editor in Chief of Huffington Post UK Carla Buzasi is not impressed with Time magazine for putting a photo of a scantily-clad Beyonce on their front page:

Meanwhile, on the front page of Carla’s HuffPo UK today, which campaigns against Page 3 remember, viewers are treated to a story headlined Waiting for a bus? Why not have sex? (NSFW picture). Accompanied by a photo of two people actually having sex, which Guido is not republishing since this is a family blog.

Other headlines on HuffPost UK this week include:

 For some reason Carla isn’t tweeting out any of these stories…

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mehdi’s Corporate Paymaster Censors Critics

In a change from side-boob and upskirt shots, Mehdi Hasan is frothing about ‘corporate welfare’ (geddit) over at the Huffington Post. He’s attacking the media for being complicit with large companies and banks:

“They are aided by their friends, allies and outriders in the right-wing media echo chamber, who have never had to endure the indignity of turning to payday lenders or food banks in order to survive.”

Which is odd given that Mehdi is aiding his corporate paymasters by censoring comments about the tax status of the Huffington Post’s parent company directly below his rant. Guido has been trying to leave the following comment all day:

“AOL turned over £56,801,000 last year yet manage to pay only £9,000 in corporation tax. How so? Could it be because HuffPo is losing money or that its UK owner, AOL Limited, repatriates profits to escape paying its dues in the UK to the Luxembourg-registered AOL Europe Société à responsabilité limitée. If Mehdi cared about the millions in corporate profits being exported by multinational corporations he wouldn’t work for one of the worst exemplars”

Sadly that inconvenient truth does not fit Mehdi’s agenda.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Huff Po Upskirt New Lo

upskirtTabloids have standards, nipples are in, pink bits are not, full frontal is a no no and the only tabloid that ever does upskirt shots is the top-shelf Sunday Sport. The occasional Duchess of Cambridge skirts in gusts of wind shots apart… 

The traffic surpassing success of the Mail online is forcing rivals to emulate its bikinis and starlets formula. Guido is amused to see that the Huffington Post, which prudishly campaigns against Page 3 has today gone with some z-list girl-on-girl action including hand upskirt shots unsuitable for a family blog. Classy…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tit-Tastic Day For HuffPost UK

“The fascination with bodies, celebrity or otherwise, isn’t exactly something new, of course, and shows no sign of abating. But here’s a thought: why don’t we just stop?” Those were the noble words of HuffPost UK editor Carla Buzasi last year. Someone should tell whoever is running their picture desk today:

No doubt they’ll be writing about the evils of Page 3 this afternoon…


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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