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…

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Miliband’s Google Glass House

Just one problem with Ed’s Google-bashing this afternoon:

Guido readers will know that HuffPoUK is owned by AOL Limited, whose parent company is the Luxembourg-registered AOL Europe Sarl.

In 2010 AOL UK Limited, HuffPo’s esteemed owners, had a revenue of £78 million. Despite that they paid just £122,000 in corporation tax, cleverly moving £30 million out of the reach of the UK tax authorities by “repatriating” a dividend payment to a tax avoidance special purpose vehicle (SPV) AOL Europe Sarl, registered in the tax haven of Luxembourg. This meant, despite returning 38% of revenue to shareholders, they had an effective tax rate of less than 1%. Guido looks forward to Ed’s article attacking AOL and HuffPo for “going to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying taxes”. His spokesman insists that “all companies need to be responsible.”

Further reading on HuffPo’s tax avoidance hypocrisy:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Ultimate HuffPo Story

Congratulations to the Huffington Post. Not only have they managed to recycle discredited BBC polling information into a story…

…They’ve also managed to get some of their much loved side-boob in too. Double boobs.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Anti-Page 3 HuffPo’s Top Story is Topless Model Photo

The sideboob connoisseurs over at HuffPoUK have been in strident form railing against Page 3 this week. HuffPo have been pushing the self-righteous ‘No More Page 3′ campaign, arguing “let’s keep top shelf material on the top shelf”, rounding up girl guides to join the cause and even linking Page 3 to sexual violence. Once again, their editorial moralising doesn’t extend to their quest for traffic. HuffPo’s top story this morning was headlined “Abbey Clancy Poses Naked For Rankin in Hunger Magazine (PICTURES)”, naturally complete with topless photos which Guido has censored as this is a family blog. They also signed up a new contributor today: Peter Stringfellow.

Monday, March 25, 2013

12 Things Buzzfeed Need to Know About the British Blogosphere

Guido would like to welcome BuzzFeed to the UK online scene. They’ve had a highly prolific first day and are pressing the right buttons with their booze up tonight. Guido thought he would share with them some top tips for surviving the British blogosphere:

  • Iain Dale invented the online list format in Britain before you.
  • Don’t worry about HuffPo over here, they couldn’t break a window.
  • Waking up before lunch is not a necessity, see Political Scrapbook.
  • The rate you should charge for #SkyPapers is £300.
  • It’s very important to Paul Waugh that he gets credited for any story, pun or hashtag.
  • SideBoob stories are an admission of creative failure.
  • Take the phrase evidence based blogging with a pinch of salt.
  • If the New Statesman’s Alex Hern sends you another job application, just send him back this:

  • “Dr” Eoin Clarke writes about healthcare a lot but ignore him because he is not a doctor and he is always wrong.
  • We recommend a flame war with Derek Draper.
  • Meet Larry and Freya. You’ll like these two.

And finally…

The number one rule:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Friday, March 22, 2013

Media Bitch Fight: Scrapbook v HuffPo

With the future of the blogosphere at stake today, Guido takes absolutely no pleasure in seeing two old friends turn on each other:

Roll on 3pm

Friday, March 15, 2013

HuffSlo Bring You Budget 2012

Mehdi reads the papers so you don’t have to. Last year’s papers, apparently…

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WATCH: Huffington Post Release Video on How They Dodge Tax

This video produced by HuffPo “Comedy” last year reveals all on “the perfect tax minimisation scheme”, utilising a “dedicated team of conscience-free accountants who each year loving nurture a crop of elegant tax returns on our behalf”. They would know… what with being based in Luxembourg in order to dodge tax.

H/T @ontablets

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Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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