Guardian Writer’s Vile Slur Against Falklands Hero

Earlier this week Falklands hero Simon Weston, whose suffered 46% burns and whose face was left unrecognisable after RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by the Argentinians, said that Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on the Falklands was tantamount to “surrender“. This is how regular Guardian writer and editor of the ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ blog, Richard Seymour, responded to the story:

Seymour tells his critics he only had a freelance contract with the Guardian for three years, but he wrote on average at least fortnightly for the paper’s website during 2014. What a charmer…

Here’s a Poll the BBC Didn’t Report

According to the BBC, support for the telly tax has been rocketing exponentially over the last decade and now lies somewhere north of 50%. Well, here’s a poll Aunty isn’t reporting on…

This new ComRes poll shows 52% would favour scrapping the license fee and making the BBC fund itself, while just 41% back the current system. Most people think it should generate income from advertising while over a third support the introduction of a subscription model. If Netflix can do it…

Corbyn: Quoting Things I Have Said is “Cynical” Journalism

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has had a good old whinge about nasty journalists having the gall to point out things he has said in the past. Asked by ITV about those bin Laden comments, covered by all papers, Jez fired back:

“They were quite cynically and deliberately mis-reported… the point I made was it was a culmination of awful events all across the region and I said if they were capable of getting to Osama bin Laden then put him on trial.”

Awwww.

Was he cynically misrepresented? Is that really the only point he was making? Here is the quote in full context:

“I can’t answer the question of why [Obama will not release evidence of bin Laden’s death]. We can only guess that there is something fishy here; that Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore, there has to be a story. Or, the pictures are very gory, or they show something else, such as he was unarmed and was shot – as may well, on this, there was no attempt that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

So, we have a) a nutty conspiracy theory about “something fishy” going on, b) Corbyn describing bin Laden’s assassination as a “tragedy“, and c) Corbyn equating bin Laden’s death with 9/11. Apparently directly quoting his own words is a smear…

ITV report Corbyn then moaned that “an awful lot of journalists were spending a lot of time trawling the archives for anything he has said”. Well, yes, the man does supposedly want to be Prime Minister…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

MPs Swamped By BBC Lobbying Effort

Surely the BBC would not be so silly as to orchestrate an attempted mass lobbying effort of MPs ahead of the coming battle for its future? This identical email has been sent to a number of MPs from a number of constituents today:

Hi,

I think it’s vital we have a strong and independent BBC. I don’t want to see its funding cut or independence compromised.

I’ve taken some time to fill in the government’s BBC Charter Review public consultation. I’ve included my responses below for you to see.

Please do everything in your power to protect our BBC.

Thanks

Beeb-sceptic Tories suspect a put up job. Whoever is responsible, any campaigner worth his salt knows no MP pays attention to annoying mass emails…

BBC: People Can’t Live Without the BBC

BBC TELLY

A “deprivation study” in which  people agreed not to use BBC services for nine days has found that people can’t live without the BBC. The study was commissioned by and funded by the BBC…

According to the study, which was more of a focus group, more than two-thirds of people who were originally against paying the license fee had a Damascene conversion during their BBC cold turkey and now support the telly tax. One convert described life without the BBC as “absolutely dreadful, just awful” and would now “probably willingly pay even more“, while another confessed it was “shocking” how much she watched BBC programmes and she had “just took it for granted“.

In other news a study commissioned by rival broadcaster NKTV in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has found a 100% satisfaction level with the supreme leader…

The New Adventures of Murnaghan

Dermot is back on our screens after his summer jollies, and the over-worked video monkeys at Sky News have treated us to this bonkers advert for his Sunday morning show:

Well Superman was a journalist…

Telegraph Call Amazon CEO a Bozo

bozo telegraph

The url for the Telegraph’s interview with the founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos contains an unfortunate error. It misspells his name Bozos…

Webster’s Dictionary

bozo: a stupid or foolish person

A mosaic of information, as Sir Brian Henry Leveson might say…

Guardian Endorses Cooper: Readers React

The Guardian comes out for Cooper:

“The brute lesson of May is that Labour cannot get there without first winning back significant numbers of Tory voters. Mr Corbyn will not do that. Those searching for an election winner must

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Dan Hodges’ Labour Leadership Journey in Full

Dan Hodges has had more flip flops in the Labour leadership race than an Ibiza beach rave:

June 9: “Will Labour choose a Tony Blair or a Neil Kinnock? Liz Kendall is Toni Blair. Young. Tough. Single-minded. Kendall has

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Great Corrections and Clarifications of Our Time

Guido is not one to pontificate, but…

Forgive them, Father…[…]

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BBC Uses ECHR to Block Release of Spin Bill

Last month the BBC produced a cinematic advert to “celebrate the unique role that the BBC plays in all of our lives”. Taking advantage of their massive media monopoly to beam Auntie’s spin into the nation’s front rooms, ahead of the coming […]

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