Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guardian Elitism

guardian-elitism

Worrying report in the Guardian today that Britain is “deeply elitist” because people educated at public school and Oxbridge have in effect created a “closed shop at the top”, according to a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The study of the social background of those “running Britain” was the most detailed of its kind ever undertaken and showed that elitism was so embedded in Britain “that it could be called ‘social engineering’.” Terrible…

The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger (Cranleigh and Magdalene College, Cambridge) is no doubt aware that the progressive paper has never had an editor who was not a privately educated, white male. The key to changing that in the future is the young writing talent they hire today. Owen Jones (University College, Oxford) and Archie Bland (Winchester and Emmanuel College, Cambridge) are two of his latest hires. Change is going to be a long time coming…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

iBoulton

Sky are going all interactive for the new Adam Boulton evening show Sky News Tonight, launching on the first of the month:

“In a first for a major nightly news programme, Sky News Tonight will have comprehensive parallel output on social media, where users will be able to view – and engage with – a host of extra content that will follow, complement and enhance the live TV output, in real time.Viewers will be able to interact with the programme via Sky News’ social media platforms which will give them the power to engage in the discussion, contribute to the debate and even influence the agenda of the show. “

Given the number of people who sit watching TV whilst on Twitter now, it seems like a logical step. The show will also feature high profile interviews conducted from Westminster, at the far more reasonable time of seven through until nine – another reason not to stay up for Newsnight.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Not Quite the Answer the Staggers Was After

Rather awkward timing for the Staggers, as this week’s cover asks what The Beatles mean today.

Well according to this morning’s tabloids:

‘An educated British jihadi called John is the world’s most wanted man over the beheading of US journalist James Foley. The killer was last night said to be from London’s East End, and the leader of a murderous team of UK-born militants dubbed “The Beatles” by captives.’

Jihad John and the tragical history tour…

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beeb Cliff Spin Mystery

Earlier today, the BBC’s “head of newsgathering” sought to counter speculation about how the Beeb managed to get camera crews down to Cliff Richard’s apartment in time to film the police walking in:

This afternoon, South Yorkshire Police released this statement:

“When a media outlet contacted SYP with information about an investigation, we took the decision to work with them in order to protect the integrity of that investigation.

“Since the search took place a number of people have contacted the police to provide information and we must acknowledge that the media played a part in that, for which we are grateful.”

‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s all this then?

BBC Face Fight to Keep Gobby

Everybody’s favourite BBC field man might not be at the Beeb for much longer. Paul Lambert, known affectionately as Gobby for his polite and understated questioning style, could soon be snapped up by a rival. Friends tell MediaGuido changes to the BBC’s pension scheme have left the old guard weighing up their options, 57 year old Gobby among them. Still feared by politicians all the way to Downing Street, he would surely be snared by Sky or ITN in no time. Prize for the first person to shout “Are you going to resign, Gobby?”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tricycle Theatre Indirectly Funding Pro-Israeli Hawks

London’s Tricycle Theatre was accused of anti-Semitism last week after it banned Britain’s annual Jewish Film Festival because the organisers had refused its demands to return a donation from the Israeli embassy. Awkwardly for the anti-Israel Tricycle, as of today they are themselves indirectly funding a staunchly pro-Israeli organisation which is campaigning in support of the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Money from Tricycle paid to the Jewish Chronicle for a weekly advert is to be donated by the paper to the Friends of Israel Initiative, a hawkish charity described to Guido by one source as the “bomb the f**k out of the enemy lobby”. JC editor Stephen Pollard says: “The Tricycle’s board will no doubt be delighted to know that its money will now be going, weekly via the JC, to support that important objective.” Top trolling.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

No Tragedy Hacked Off Won’t Exploit

Hacked Off would never exploit a tragedy to launch an opportunistic PR campaign to promote themselves in the media, would they? Arriving in journalists’ inboxes this morning came a headline-grabbing Hacked Off press release demanding the chair of IPSO, the new press regulator, condemn “breaches” of the PCC Editor’s Code over the Robin Williams story today. Hacked Off director Joan Smith spent the day offering herself for comment. Don’t all rush at once…

Incidentally, whatever you think of the coverage, it doesn’t even appear that the front pages did breach the Editor’s Code. Media law consultant David Banks explains:

Another great Hacked Off success…

Hapless Tristram’s 14 Corrections and Clarifications

Tristram Hunt, one of the great minds of this or any other generation, showed just how clever he is last night by publicising a correction about him printed by the Mail. The story was about Michael Gove finding 14 historical errors in Tristram’s new history book, so it was a double win that the Mail had withdrawn the claims.

If you read the actual correction, however, poor Tristram is left red-faced once again:

“A comment article on 14 July repeated unsubstantiated claims that Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt’s new book contained certain errors. We are happy to clarify that the error referred to appeared only in the uncorrected version sent to reviewers and apologise accordingly.”

The explanation that the errors “referred to appeared only in the uncorrected version sent to reviewers” and not in the final version found on the shelves hardly does his reputation for historical accuracy any favours. Not only that, it suggests Tristram’s publishers had to rewrite his book to correct the errors pointed out by Gove. Well done him for pointing that out…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Loony LibDem Candidate Boycotts BBC Over Gaza

Where do the LibDems find ‘em? The party’s ambitious candidate to be Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, who was given a glowing reference on LibDemVoice just a few weeks ago, is something of a wannabe David Ward. Ayoub Khan has shown his campaigning genius by boycotting the BBC over their “biased” coverage of Gaza:

FROM: Ayoub Khan
TO: Kathryn Stanczyszyn
11 August 2014

Whilst it is in the interest of any candidate to promote themselves and attract voter support on mainstream media, particularly in a by-election, I have decided not to do this with the BBC because their broadcasting of the Gaza situation has been biased. One has to live with ones own conscience and I refuse to participate with organisations such as the BBC who in the view of so many, have acted in such an unfair manner.

Barrister Khan’s other credentials include being accused of lying in court, while on his website he modestly says: “Some people call me a hero, but I just did what anyone would do.” You have to wonder what BBC journalists risking risking their lives in Gaza think about being called Israeli propagandists by armchair activists back in Britain…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mirror Terror

Mirror, Monday: “EBOLA TERROR AS PASSENGER DIES AT GATWICK”.

No Ebola.

Mirror, Wednesday, “BOMB TERROR AT 38,000 FT”.

No bomb.


Media Reader

Times Most Popular Paid Digital Title | Press Gazette
Last Call for the Printed News | Clay Shirky
No Charges After Two Years On Bail | Patrick Foster
Tabloids’ Reporting of Robin Williams Not Excessive | David Banks
Beeb’s Purnell Still Spinning Hard | David Keighley
BBC Protection Racket Should Be Shut Down | Dan Hodges
JC Donates Tricycle Cash to Israel Charity | JC
BBC Tries to Interview ISIS About Jumanji | Breitbart
BBC Blows £35,000 on PR Firms | Asa Bennett
Buzzfeed Lands $50 Million Investment | Reuters
More Rot in the Independent | Chris McGovern


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Douglas Carswell’s side-kick Dan Hannan MEP pours water on the obvious question:

“I won’t be joining UKIP, though I wish Douglas Carswell all the best. He has been a superb MP, and it’s honourable to stand for re-election.”



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