Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HuffPo Bizarrely Equates Help for Heroes With Gaza Campaign

The political direction of HuffPo is becoming more niche every day, Mehdi Hasan divides his time between broadcasting on the Qatari government funded Al Jazeera channel and setting the tone of HuffPo UK’s coverage, which schizophrenically runs bikini-clad starlet stories next to Middle East coverage with a consistently anti-Israeli line. Last week they managed to combine the two issues by running a story attacking IDF soldiers’ girlfriends for sending selfies of themselves posing in their underwear with “I love IDF” slogans…

Al-HuffPo is covering itself in glory again this morning with a bizarre attack on the Help for Heroes charity for wounded soldiers. After England cricketer Moeen Ali was told he would be facing investigation for wearing “Free Palestine” and “Save Gaza” wristbands yesterday, a Mehdi minion writes for Al-HuffPo

“The ICC [International Cricket Council] should be braced for accusations of hypocrisy after they became the latest institution to embarrass themselves over the Gaza conflict. England bowler Stuart Broad revealed their Test shirts against India featured the “Help for Heroes” – the charity formed to help those wounded in Britain’s current conflicts – slogan.

In 2011, the England national football team were initially denied permission by Fifa to have poppies emblazoned on their home strip for a November friendly with Spain. Eventually, Fifa backed down and agreed a compromise with the Football Association that allowed the players to feature poppies on their black armbands to mark Armistice Day.”

The key difference being that the poppy campaign and Help for Heroes are charity campaigns to raise money for wounded soldiers and war heroes. “Free Palestine” is by definition a political statement. Not to mention that poppies and Help for Heroes support soldiers from the country for which Ali plays, rather than another country. Al HuffPo say the ICC should be “braced for accusations of hypocrisy”, but from whom?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mirror Readies Pennies for Hacking Payouts

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Buried in the small print of the Mirror’s Half-Yearly Financial Report (out today) is this little note:

Historical Legal Issues
dailymirrorThe Group continues to co-operate with the police in respect of Operation Elvedon (the investigation relating to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials) and Operation Golding (the investigation into alleged phone hacking).

The Group is aware of a number of civil claims from individuals in relation to phone hacking. In the first half we have provided £4.0 million to cover the cost of dealing with and resolving claims. It remains uncertain as to how these matters will progress, whether further allegations or claims will be made, and their financial impact. Due to this uncertainty a contingent liability has been highlighted in note 18…

18. Contingent liabilities
There is potential for further liabilities to arise from the outcome or resolution of the ongoing historical legal issues. Due to the present uncertainty in respect of the nature, timing or measurement of any such liabilities it is too soon to be able to reliably estimate how these matters will proceed and their financial impact..

£4 million seems an awfully small provision when you consider the hundreds of millions already paid out to phone hacking victims…

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

John Bercow is facing accusations of ‘cash for access’ over a donation from Sally’s party-loving pal Farah Sassoon, who is security-cleared for parliament thanks to the Speaker. Read all about it in today’s Sun on Sunday. Also in Guido’s column today:

  • Family misfortune over Harriet Harman’s latest fun tax on betting

RUFF

  • Tory women in parliament are writing a letter to their party demanding David Ruffley resign
  • Spooks and politicians fly off on an all-expenses paid trip to Israel at height of Gaza conflict
  • How Tory headbangers are spending a penny on finding out what Lord Hill really thinks about Europe

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Full Sunday Sport Style Guide Email
“Who the hell puts a hyphen in bellend?”

From: Nick Appleyard
Sent: 23 July 2014 12:14
To: Everyone
Subject: Style Guide

Hi all,

I know I’ve been going on about this for ages but it seems many of you have still not got the message.

We need to be consistent with the spelling and grammar of words and phrases used in Sunday Sport. When they constantly differ (often in the same story) we look sloppy and unprofessional.

For example, last Sunday (July 20) one sub editor came up with the headline: MAN LOSES B*LLOCKS BUT DOCS SAVE HIS BELL-END!

When I saw that page I felt physically sick. There are TWO glaring errors in the above headline that every member of editorial staff should spot straight away. Bollocks is NOT censored, even in headlines, and who the hell puts a hyphen in bellend? I won’t name names but you know who you are and you should go back to school.

To avoid any further confusion (and future disciplinaries) I have listed below the commonest bungles. Please print them off and stick them by your computer screen.

SHIT: Full out in copy and in headlines
FUCK: F**k in copy and in headlines
Hunt: C**t in copy and headlines
WANK: Full out in copy, w**k in headlines
TWAT: Full out in copy, tw*t in headlines
COCK: Full out in copy and in headlines
BOLLOCKS: Full out in copy and in headlines
BELLEND: One word, full out in copy and headlines

Can this please be the end of it? I hate to be formal but I’m getting sick of repeating the same things on a weekly basis.

Otherwise, keep up the good work.

Best wishes,

Nick Appleyard
Sunday Sport Editor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rebekah’s Security Guards Cleared at Old Bailey

Four men who worked as part of the security detail for Rebekah and Charlie Brooks have had the cases against them dropped. Lee Sandell, David Johnson, Paul Edwards and Daryl Jorsling were accused of helping to hide or destroy evidence around the time that Charlie’s infamous dirty DVDs went missing. Now the CPS says they will not face a trial.

evansMeanwhile Dan Evans, who admitted to hacking more than 1,000 voicemail messages, has walked free.

The judge explained his 10 month suspended sentence by noting his “unique” role in testifying against Andy Coulson…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Loony Left Coming For Evil Thomas the Tank Engine

Well this is just about the best thing that Comment is Free have ever published. For reasons such as ‘classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism’, kids must be weaned off of the evil that is Thomas the Tank Engine:

“For one, these trains perform tasks dictated by their imperious, little white boss, Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), whose attire of a top hat, tuxedo and big round belly is just a little too obvious. Basically, he’s the Monopoly dictator of their funky little island.”

“For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they areall pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.”

It’s not white smoke you numpty, it’s steam. They are steam engines. Little racist steam engines. Give me strength…

Searching New Sun App

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The new Sun app is good looking with a clean design to rival even the Guardian’s mega app. Two small niggles. Guido can’t find a search function, which means you can’t find anything not current. Nor can he find any links to any columns, ahem *cough*…

Monday, July 21, 2014

Evan Davis New Newsnight Presenter

A radical change in direction for the increasingly influential show…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

George Osborne tells Guido that David Cameron was not to blame for his awkward high-five with Juncker in today’s Sun column, revealing he has also given the new European Commission president some skin. Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday to read all about:

SUN PROMO NICKY

  • New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s private school dilemma

  • Sacked Owen Paterson swears bloody revenge on PM
  • Which big name is being lined up by Labour as the replacement for outgoing Frank Dobson in Holborn?
  • How does Lynton Crosby keep in the running with the Tory leadership?
  • Red Ed’s mojitoh no

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Friday, July 18, 2014

BBC Justifies Telly Poll Tax By Claiming Poor Watch More TV

The BBC claims that the licence fee poll tax is justified because poor people watch more television than better off households. With Director General Tony Hall appearing in front of the DCMS select committee this week, the Beeb’s Director of Policy James Heath blogged that a flat rate licence fee is fair on the poor because they watch so much TV:

“The argument for a uniform fee is that there is a direct link between the level of the service received by everyone, and the level of the charge made on everyone. While the licence fee does constitute a higher proportion of lower households’ expenditure, these households also consume more BBC TV than richer households.  As a proportion of household spending, the licence fee is lower than expenditure on many other household items, including transport services, communications, and fuel. Over the last five years the cost of many household items has gone up significantly in real terms while the cost of the licence fee has declined. The licence free represents a very small percentage of household expenditure – even for the lowest income decile, on average, the licence fee is around 1 percent of household spending.”

Dismissing people on a low incomes as a bunch of idle, square-eyed couch potatoes hardly seems in keeping with the liberal, progressive values of Aunty Beeb. If a right-winger patronised less well-off people by telling them a flat tax was value for money because they spend so much time in front of the telly, the Today programme would be in uproar…


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Mehdi Hasan’s Israel Spin Debunked | Breitbart
How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
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“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”



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