Telegraph Mysteriously Drop Front Page Facebook Story

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The Telegraph were clearly taken with the government’s line yesterday that the organisation most at fault for failing to prevent the Lee Rigby murder was Facebook, running it on their front page this morning. Odd then, that the story is not available anywhere on the Telegraph website. A spokesman would only say that not everything in the paper makes it online, but this was the second main story on the front page. Why would the Telegraph unlike it?

UPDATE: And just like that, the article has now been published online here.

Met’s Extraordinary RIPA FoI Refusal

A few weeks back, three members of the Guido team sent off Freedom of Information requests to the Met asking:

“Of the following phone numbers, which has had call data obtained by the Metropolitan Police using RIPA (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act)? [Each individual Guido phone number]”

Despite being sent just one batch of three FoIs, the Met have refused to answer our question on the grounds that it is apparently a “vexatious or repeated request”. In an extraordinary email, the Met complains it has received negative coverage in the press, claiming that “many [past RIPA] responses attracted negative articles in many national press publications”. Even more bizarrely, they then accuse Guido of colluding with Press Gazette to send the FoIs:

“Your request was received on 10/02/2015 at 13:16… These requests are linked to a previous vexatious notice, reference number 2015010000948, which was issued on 02/02/2015 and published in full on the following website:

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/vexatious-annoying-and-disruptive-press-gazette-barred-met-asking-more-ripa-questions

Based on the above I can therefore only assume that you are working collectively, using a mosaic approach to gather information.”

For the avoidance of doubt, Guido is not “working collectively” with Press Gazette on sending FoIs to the Met. This strange allegation by the Met is completely untrue. He sent just one batch of three requests, which in no reasonable terms can be described as vexatious or repeated. Guido will be complaining to the Information Commissioner about the Met’s refusal to disclose whether they obtained our call data…

You can read the Met response in full here.

UPDATE: Met Police spokesman: “I see your point.”

Future of Journalism Update

Step One: Tumblr blogger uploads image of a dress, which some people think is gold and white, and others think is blue and black.

Step Two: Buzzfeed lifts Tumblr post.

Step Three: The Buzzfeed post receives 22 million pageviews and draws more visitors to the site at any one time than anything ever has before. By contrast, Buzzfeed doesn’t publish the pageviews on its interview with Barack Obama.

Step Four: Buzzfeed’s team offer their analysis of the site’s most popular story ever:

No cats were harmed in the making of the story. It’s the future of journalism…

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

[…]

Leaders’ Debates Dates For Your Diary

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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

[…]



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Adam Spiegel, producer of Nazi themed “The Producers” musical says…

“Margate seemed a perfect place to start the promotion. I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised to see that UKIP are trying to hitch a publicity ride on the back of the show.”

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