Hacked Off Show Trial For Journalists in Parliament

Guido popped down to Hacked Off’s parliamentary rally this lunchtime to watch a panel discussion with well-known friends of the press John Cleese, Harriet Harman and Simon Hughes, hosted by “Dr” Evan Harris. Cleese had the audience laughing nervously when he compared journalists to murderers, claiming:

“Of course they want to regulate themselves, we’d all like to regulate ourselves wouldn’t we? Builders, accountants, murderers, they’d all like to regulate themselves. The murderers would make a very good case – they’d say we murdered a lot of people, we know people who have murdered people. We really are best qualified to regulate”

About 20 minutes later, Harris halted proceedings to inform the room that “a journalist is here tweeting”, naming and singling out WikiGuido and bizarrely referencing the Brooks Newmark story. Harris told the room that Guido had tweeted about Cleese’s ‘murderer’ comparison. The exchange below is not verbatim, but is backed up by multiple witnesses and video.

WikiGuido: [From across the room] It was a direct quote.

Harris: You clearly don’t understand context.

WikiGuido: It was a direct quote. 

[Audience members begin to heckle.]

Audience member: How do you sleep at night?

Another audience member: Let him speak!

[At this point most of the room began chanting “stand, stand, stand” at WikiGuido. He did.]

Harris: He’s Alex Wickham, who writes for Guido Fawkes website. And also did the work on the Brooks Newmark thing. I don’t think we want to give him a platform… 

WikiGuido: Well the room wants me to speak. I thought you believed in freedom of speech? It was a direct quote.

[Several audience members shout “let him speak”]

Harris: We are not going to give you the dignity of a platform.

As the Press Association reports:

Video also via PA:

 

Dissent will not be tolerated…

Staggering Political Balance From Sky News

To discuss PMQs on Sky News, a wide range of hacks were put on air. In the lefty corner we have the New Statesman’s Harry Lambert and on the centre left we have Stephen Bush from the, er, New Statesman.

Evgeny Lebedev Photographed Sans Beard

Via @archiebland

“Kensington and Chelsea” Embarrasses Hacks

Nothing like a political scandal to flush out some sloppy journalism. Malcolm Rifkind is standing down from Kensington. Not Kensington and Chelsea. The parliamentary constituency of Kensington and Chelsea does not exist any more: it was scrapped in 2010 when the seat was redrawn. What was once one of the safest Tory seats in the country now has a majority of just over 8,000. That hasn’t stopped national newspapers, broadcast journalists, lobbyists and assorted political hacks displaying a shameful lack of knowledge about their patch:

Nope

Guido wouldn’t ‘bet’ on that!

But Boris has a bigger majority in Uxbridge, oh wise hack?

Really?

BBC.

And Sky…

Et tu, FT?

Partial reporter? Partial with the facts more like!

Even self-proclaimed Parliamentary experts get it wrong.

Perhaps most embarrassingly the Indy even ran this terrible headline:

Don’t tell Peter Oborne, but there’s another subbing error in the Telegraph:

Tut tut.

Angry Rifkind Doorstepped By Sky News

 

“None of your business,” Rifkind told Sky earlier when asked if he was going to resign…

Coulson Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury

He will stand trial in Scotland on 21 April. 16 days before polling day…

The G-Factor Candidates Audition

The Guardian editor pitches are out, with some deliciously cringworthy brown-nosing submitted in the“candidate statements” of the new wannabe Rusbridgers.

Janine Gibson, one of the favourites, goes for the Islington vote:

“we’re a meeting place for the communities we create around shared passions whether its county cricket, poetry, theatre or watching strangers date wearing Google Glass”

Hotly-tipped Katharine Viner has some innovative crowd-pleasing ideas:

“Themed roles would help us tell a coherent international story: correspondents for water, fossil fuels, women’s rights, a 1% correspondent.”

Meet Wolfgang Blau, the ‘check your privilege’ candidate:

“In regards to our journalistic portfolio, I would like to propose that we substantially increase the diversity of voices – politically, as well as ethnically… I am not a woman and I have not grown up in the United Kingdom. I can only promise to you that as the Editor-in-Chief – should you vote for me and should the Scott Trust choose to appoint me – I will do everything I possibly can to make sure women succeed in their careers at the Guardian.”

While Emily Bell goes for the tried and tested butter ‘em up approach:

“This is a defining moment for the Guardian. You are among the very best journalists in the world. You have produced stories that have challenged the powerful – from News Corp and Scotland Yard to the US intelligence agencies – with courage and brilliance.”

Sluuurp!

Leaders’ Debates Dates For Your Diary

election hq

The provisional dates for the TV debates are:

2 April: ITV – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

16 April: BBC – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

30 April: Sky/C4 – Con, Lab

Over to you, Clegg…

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Flirting with the far-right? UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he reckons French Front National leader Marine Le Pen is “so sexy”. Read all about naughty Nige and more in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today:

WELBY

  • The Father, the Son

[…]

Telegraph and Guardian At War

Last night the Telegraph dismissed the Guardian as “cushioned from commercial reality by a generously-endowed charitable trust”, this afternoon they accuse them of hypocrisy:

“in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that

[…]

Telegraph Whitehall Editor Quits For Guardian

Yet another one jumps: the Telegraph’s Whitehall and Investigations editor Holly Watt, of expenses scandal and Vince Cable sting fame, joins the Guardian. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please pay back the HSBC loan[…]

Another Telegraph Departure

Landing in inboxes this morning was the last Telegraph morning briefing from Stephen Bush before he leaves for the Staggers. Wonder what that headline could mean…[…]



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