Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Did the Daily Mail Kill Bob Crow?

  • Union boss Bob Crow died from heart attack early this morning
  • Today’s Mail ran brutal hatchet job on Crow

The Daily Mail newspaper published a deadly hatchet job on union leader Bob Crow last night just hours before his death from a heart attack, it emerged this morning. In developments likely to infuriate his union members, it was revealed that the Mail described Crow as a “militant” and criticised him for attending a “three-course lunch at Westminster’s fashionable Inn on the Park restaurant”.

The attack appeared on the paper’s website only hours before Crow suffered a fatal heart attack. Bob Crow died at Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone early this morning.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MailOnline Takes Over Metro Website

Surprise news this afternoon as Mail Online announces it is to merge with the Metro website:

“DMG media today announces the integration of Metro.co.uk  and MailOnline, effective immediately. The move will accelerate the development of Metro.co.uk  and let it capitalise on MailOnline’s commercial, editorial and technical expertise, building on the fantastic momentum achieved to dateWe look forward to welcoming Metro.co.uk ’s content, sales and development teams to MailOnline.”

Which means a load more London traffic…

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cameron Aide Patrick Rock Arrested Over Child Porn
Downing Street Computers Searched By Cops

Patrick Rock, the deputy director of the Downing Street policy unit and one of David Cameron’s closest aides, has resigned after being arrested over child pornography allegations. Detectives searched No10 and and examined Rock’s office computer. Developing…

Read the Mail scoop in full here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Mensch v Shippers

Following her Twitter Bitch Fight win over Owen Jones last week, Louise Mensch is taking on all comers.

In her sights last night was Daily Mail political duo James Chapman and Tim Shipman, so the audience could expect a bit more of a heavyweight clash.

They were not disappointed:

Score draw. Rematch!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

MailOnline Pinch Mirror’s McTague

Mirror political correspondent Tom McTague is making the move from print to online, quitting the paper to become Matt Chorley’s deputy at the Mail Online. A lefty at heart, McTague won’t enjoy his new job writing up three hour old Guido stories…

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tim Shipman is New Sunday Times Political Editor

SHIPPERS
As Media Guido exclusively revealed on Twitter last night Tim Shipman, the deputy political editor of the Daily Mail, has won the race to succeed Isabel Oakeshott as the new Sunday Times political editor.

Recognised as one of the toughest jobs in journalism, it is often the last job in journalism for the position holder. The demand for scoops is tough, the competition is fierce and the paper is reluctant to employ the cheque-book to buy up stories. Good luck Shippers…

UPDATE: Media Guardian still haven’t reported the story 17 hours later. Wake up! You snooze, you lose…

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mail on Sunday Miliband Memorial Hack Back

Page 52 of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday had an interesting byline on a piece about Cliff Richard.

That of a Jo Knowsley.

Seems her suspension after crashing a Miliband memorial service is over.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dear Mr Dacre…


Dear Mr Dacre,
 
My name is Mehdi Hasan and I’m the New Statesman’s senior political editor. My good friend Peter Oborne suggested I drop you a line as I’m very keen to write for the Daily Mail.
 
Although I am on the left of the political spectrum, and disagree with the Mail’s editorial line on a range of issues, I have always admired the paper’s passion, rigour, boldness and, of course, news values. I believe the Mail has a vitally important role to play in the national debate, and I admire your relentless focus on the need for integrity and morality in public life, and your outspoken defence of faith, and Christian culture, in the face of attacks from militant atheists and secularists. I also believe – as does Peter – that I could be a fresh and passionate, not to mention polemical and contrarian, voice on the comment and feature pages of your award-winning newspaper.
 
For the record, I am not a Labour tribalist and am often ultra-critical of the left – especially on social and moral issues, where my fellow leftists and liberals have lost touch with their own traditions and with the great British public. In my column in this week’s issue of the New Statesman, for example, I offered a critique of the five Labour leadership candidates, and their various inadequacies, accusing them all of lacking what George Bush Snr once called “the vision thing”.
 
I could therefore write pieces for the Mail critical of Labour and the left, from “inside” Labour and the left (as the senior political editor at the New Statesman).
 
I am also attracted by the Mail’s social conservatism on issues like marriage, the family, abortion and teenage pregnancies. I’d like to write a piece for the Mailmaking the left-wing case against abortion, or a piece on why marriage should be a Labour value, and not just a Conservative one. My own unabashed social conservatism on such issues derives from my Islamic faith. But as a British Muslim, I have also upset some of my more hardline co-religionists in the past by arguing, in print, for a change in Islam’s draconian apostasy laws to allow Muslims to convert to other faiths (like Christianity). Here is a New Statesman column I wrote on the subject in April.
 
In addition, I wrote a column last year condemning suicide bombings, from an Islamic and moral perspective, in which I also castigated Muslims for failing to unequivocally condemn such acts of terror wherever in the world they occur.
 
And, earlier this year, I wrote a piece for the Guardian belittling Muslim extremist Anjum Choudary and his crude, headline-grabbing attempt to carry “coffins” through Wootton Bassett.
 
A bit of background: I am 31, and was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, the son of Indian immigrants (an engineer and a doctor) who came here in the 1960s. I am an Oxford graduate. Prior to joining the New Statesman in June 2009, I spent a decade working in television as a news-and-current-affairs producer at ITN, the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4.
 
I do hope you’ll consider me for future columns and features in the Daily Mail on political, social, moral and/or religious issues. I believe you once told sports columnist Des Kelly that he should “make them laugh, make them cry, or make them angry”. That’s something I believe I could do for you, and for your readers, on the pages of the Mail.
 
Thank you very much for your time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mehdi Hasan
Senior Editor (Politics)
New Statesman

Miliband’s Forced “Decency”

If Miliband’s Mail-bashing was really about sticking up for his dad, he would not have used jarring political lines about the “cost of living crisis” in his letter to Lord Rothermere yesterday. His interview with LabourList this morning betrays the real motivation for why Miliband and Alastair Campbell, who is at the centre of this, have gone after the Mail:

“What we’ve seen over the past five days is a symptom of that and it’s time he took a long hard look at the way his papers are run because I don’t believe that reflects the values of the British people.

“I want to know how these practices are allowed to happen. Not on the basis of being “one rogue reporter” or “one rogue editor”, but what is it about the culture and practice of the organisation that makes these kind of things acceptable?

If we’re going to have those massive debates about the cost of living, we need to have proper standards of decency in our press.”

This is about Leveson, the Royal Charter and state regulation of the press. Miliband believes it is for politicians to decide whether papers “reflect the values of the British people”. Read that as whether they reflect his values. He wants to know how papers are “allowed” to print opinion that he disagrees with, that he finds offensive. That last line, “we need to have proper standards of decency in our press”, is chilling. It shows an incredible mindset from Miliband that he feels it is a politician’s place to decide what constitutes “decency” in the media. As Fraser Nelson notes, next week the Privy Council meets to discuss newspapers’ attempt to prevent state regulation of the press. Hugh Grant and Hacked Off have already tried to hijack the story. Miliband’s timing is no coincidence…

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mail on Sunday Editor Apologises to Miliband
Suspends Two Hacks

Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig has apologised “unreservedly for a reporter intruding into a private memorial service”:

“The reporter was sent without my knowledge; it was a decision which was wrong. Two journalists have been suspended and a full investigation is now being carried out. I would further like to apologise to members of the family and friends attending the service for this deplorable intrusion. I have already spoken personally to Ed Miliband and expressed my regret that such a terrible lapse of judgement should have taken place. It is completely contrary to the values and editorial standards of The Mail on Sunday. I understand that Lord Rothermere is personally writing to Ed Miliband.”

Damage control for ‘the plan’ to takeover?


Seen Elsewhere

What Will Happen if Scots Leave? | David Aaronovitch
Why Are Radicals Like Carswell Leaving Tories? | BBC
Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester


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