Friday, January 30, 2015

Mitchell Down Half a Million After Refusing Sun Settlement

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Andrew Mitchell’s lawyers are back in court again arguing over how much the former chief whip has to cough up after losing his libel case last year. It has emerged News Group made offer to Mitchell before the libel hearing, but Mitchell turned it down, costing him “at least £500,000″ in costs.

Mr Justice Mitling says that because he failed to accept News Group’s offer he should be liable for their costs and those of PC Toby Rowland.

Ouch. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sidelined Guardian CEO “Keen to Explore New Opportunities”

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The official line is that GMG CEO Andrew Miller will be standing down as chief executive and leaving Guardian Media Group at the end of June because he could not give the board a long-term commitment:

GMG and GNM are now embarking on the next major transformation programme and the GMG Board understandably wants a chief executive who is able to see that process through over an extended period of time. Given my desire to move to new challenges, I was unable to give the GMG Board the assurances they were seeking in this regard.

Miller was responsible for the cynical tax strategies that saw hundreds of millions in revenue producing Guardian owned assets held offshore in the Caymans tax haven whilst simultaneously the Guardian campaigned against the practice in editorials. The shifty tax strategies kept the Guardian afloat and built an endowment that will allow the paper to lose money almost in perpetuity. Hypocrisy in print and pixels…

Insiders say that in reality Miller’s been being sidelined for a while. David Pemsel, his deputy, is the super smooth ex-bullshitter for “brand consultancy” St Lukes, and a former ITV marketing director, is thought to be most likely to succeed him if the board hires internally. “Imagine what Pemmo could achieve if he wasn’t weighed down by all that self-doubt” one Guardianista told Media Guido archly…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Guardian Gushes Over Soviet “Prosperity”

The Guardian takes us “Inside Transnistria, the breakaway nation loyal to Russia” today, with a picture special from the pro-Russian territory which declared independence from Moldova when the Soviet Union fell. Alongside a charming picture of the landscape, this gushing caption:

“The Soviet period was a time of prosperity in villages. Agricultural companies offered many jobs, and the authorities paid attention to the culture of the countryside and offered entertainment for youth.”

60 million killed, but at least they entertained their young people eh…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Blair is back: see Guido’s column in today’s Sun on Sunday to read all about Tony’s return to frontline politics as he begins a fundraising drive for gay Labour candidates. Also in today’s column:

  • After Penny Mordaunt’s Cockgate, Tory MPs mock Chris Bryant with James Blunt lyrics in parliamentary debate

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  • The evidence Michael Gove is a secret teeny bopper
  • Lynton Crosby tells Tory MPs: don’t mention ‘Labour’, just say ‘Ed Miliband’ over and over again

Head down to your nearest newsagents for four extra Guido stories only in the print edition:

  • Inside Labour’s ‘Lash Club’
  • Farage’s men-only hustings
  • Nannying Jane Ellison slammed by Tory colleagues
  • Splitter Jacqui Smith pleads for loyalty

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Friday, January 23, 2015

Broadcasters Threaten to Empty Chair Leaders

UPDATE:

Tory statement:

“These new proposals are being considered as part of the ongoing discussions about the debates.”

And Labour:

“We will debate anyone the broadcasters choose to invite and we are pleased to see the clear proposal to have three debates all in the general election campaign. The broadcasters have obviously made a very significant move to adopt wholesale the Prime Minister’s proposals and it surely now not possible for him to maintain his opposition to participating in these debates. We relish the opportunity for Ed Miliband to take on David Cameron directly in a head to head debate.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BREAKING: Greens Invited to TV Debates

Gotcha! Corrections and Clarifications Time…

If only there was some form of statutory regulation to stop the unruly press from writing stories that are completely untrue:

All the Guardian’s many, many news and comment pieces yesterday will be corrected and clarified with due prominence, won’t they?

What about the BBC, which proclaimed “it was the feminists wot won it” and put the unconfirmed story, described by a Sun spokesman as “wild speculation”, in the main headlines on the News at Six and the News at Ten?

And there was this latest great Labour social media success:

Not to mention the premature celebrations from the less popular parts of the internet:

The greatest trick the Sun ever pulled was convincing the world Page 3 didn’t exist…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BREAKING: Threedom! Page 3 Back in The Sun Tomorrow

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All that ink spilt in vain, Page 3 never went away. Back in The Sun tomorrow, you can see Nicole, 22 here.

Looks like the Guardian, BBC and Times have boobed…

UPDATE:

BBC‘s Patronising Page 3 Coverage

BBC News at Six decided speculation about Page 3 was more important than ISIS, the NHS strike and even the death of Corrie’s Diedre last night. Lucy Manning went a bit Emily Thornberry as she “went to a building site to ask some of the Sun’s readers” what they thought, being more than a little patronising as she waved a copy of the paper at them. Meanwhile, Have I Got News for You’s charming dig at the unemployed doesn’t really work since the models have been given year-long contracts:

And how did the BBC website describe Samantha Fox? Striking a blow for the sisterhood by dubbing her “Fox, with her big hair and personality”, also quoting an excitable Roy Greenslade: “cheeky and pretty and lovely”. Sneering metropolitan liberals.

Polly Toynbee Lifts TPA Research Uncredited in Guardian

An “insidious poison fed into the nation’s veins”. So said Polly Toynbee of the Taxpayers’ Alliance in 2009. Therefore it was a surprise to see North London’s finest quote research by the grass-roots tax justice campaigners in her latest rambling missive. Toynbee’s claims today about “paying the highest proportion of its income in taxes: 47%” is lifted directly from a TPA report. Unfortunately she appears to have forgotten to credit the source in the same way as she’s credited the lefty Centre for Cities, the lefty JRF, and uber-lefty Oxfam. Always happy to be of help, Polly…


Media Reader

Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
London Live to Cut 20 Staff to Buy in More Content | Press Gazette
Telegraph Revealed Auschwitz 3 Years Before Liberation | Telegraph
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
We Must Not Call Charlie Hebdo Killers ‘terrorists’ | Telegraph
Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC
Poll: Sun Readers Want Page 3 to Stay | Business Insider
The Sun: An Apology | Press Gazette
More Women Prosecuted For Telly Tax | Mail


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