Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guido Squawks Daily Politics Showdown With Mirror Chicken

Feathers were flying as Guido Squawks made his Daily Politics debut today, though fowl play was suspected as the Mirror Chicken was silent. The Guido chicken revealed he “just wanted to ruffle some feathers” at yesterday’s press conference with Natalie Bennett:

Ed and Nick are being chickens for not explicitly calling for the Greens to take part, instead shirking responsibility to the broadcasters. A poultry excuse…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Loony NUJ Hacks Harass Female Staff At Hebdo ‘Racist’ Event

So it all kicked off at the loony lefty NUJ meeting at the London Welsh Centre last night. As reported yesterday, the NUJ Magazine Branch were told they could not debate their motion calling the late Charlie Hebdo martyrs ‘racists’ at their own HQ due to security reasons. Media Guido understands the LWC staff were misled, simply being told it was a debate about ‘free speech’. That soon unravelled though.

When female bar staff voiced their concern about the aggressive way in which they were treated by NUJ Magazine Branch members – who it’s claimed had harassed staff on the way in, attempted to film them on phones and then verbally abused them – the management called time and shut the bar. Which is enough to send a room full of hacks apoplectic at the best of times. It is understood that the manager then sent staff home for their own safety after the loonies went berserk. 

Today’s Sun Page 3

Page Threedom

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A few months ago Guido had dinner with the editor of The Sun David Dinsmore and asked him about Page 3. His view was that as long as the market research said his readers wanted it, The Sun would run it. Has the research changed or has the No More Page 3 campaign’s success in gaining support from the likes of the Girl Guides risked making the brand anathema to 51% of the population? Guido suspects the reasoning – if indeed it is actually the case that Page 3 has been discontinued – is a mixture of both.

Ending Page 3 would give a victory not just to people who never buy the newspaper, it would give a victory to people who would rather Britain’s most popular paper didn’t exist. Laurie Penny, the former stripper turned left-wing feminist pundit, summarises that view succinctly:

Mind you, the quality of Laurie’s media analysis is revealed in this tweet:

She appears to think newspapers can have an odd number of pages…

UPDATE: You can see today’s actual Sun page 3 here. Note well the bottom of the page… 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Huw Edwards Dragged into Loony NUJ Charlie Hebdo Row

The BBC’s Huw Edwards has been dragged into the growing NUJ row over calling Charlie Hebdo racist. The London Welsh Centre, of which he is president, has agreed to host a controversial debate tonight organised by a bunch of extreme-leftist Socialist Workers Party hippies, who claim that French satirical magazine is evil.

The organisers of the public meeting from the London Magazine Branch of the National Union of Journalists have already been told that they cannot hold the meeting in the union’s own offices due to ‘security worries’. The topic of discussion, written by the branch chair Alan Gibson, states: “Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons lampooning Islam, and particularly the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, have been racist”.

Gibson, a long-time SWP loon, has already faced the wrath of his members who do not wish the meeting to go ahead – with many poised to resign from the union. In an email announcing the new venue, unrepentant Gibson criticised his union again for not organising such a meeting itself and said: “I make no apologies for my motivation.”

Regular readers will remember that the SWP has faced criticism in the past for courting the Muslim Brotherhood. The Stop The War Coalition, for example, which is dominated by the SWP, has held sexually segregated meetings in an attempt to bolster its alliance with the Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Association of Britain. Wrong-uns.

At a time when the journalistic world seem united in defence of free speech, Edwards is unlikely to be grateful to be dragged into to this row – not least as he is understood to be an NUJ member himself. Over to you, Huw.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Guido reveals news of an extraordinary coalition row in today’s Sun on Sunday column, as Nick Clegg and Vince Cable hire two new taxpayer-funded Special Advisers despite there being just two months until parliament dissolves. Also in today’s column, don’t miss out on:

  • Andy Burnham declares war on sugar… but claims for sugar on expenses

  • How common is common sense man Al Murray? Oxford-educated and descended from Austrian aristocrats
  • Which Labour MP has stoked leadership speculation by going on a nationwide tour?
  • How well does Farage really know his constituency?
  • What happened when Miliband met Clegg at Sheffield train station?

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Friday, January 16, 2015

IPSO: Peter Jukes Claims Breached Accuracy Rules

Press regulator IPSO has slammed claims made by Peter Jukes, Twitter’s self-appointed upholder of press accuracy, finding they breached Clause 1 of the Code of Practice: Accuracy. An extract from his book “Beyond Contempt” published in the Press Gazette alleged that in June 2014, journalist Dennis Rice had “threatened to investigate” Jukes over a donation from Hacked Off. Jukes claimed Rice tweeted: “I’m now going to blog about [Jukes] & his family”. In fact, Rice’s tweet had been sent on 31 January 2014, six months earlier, in response to comments posted by Jukes which had referred to the Rice’s family. As today’s IPSO statement says“The article therefore contained the misleading impression that the complainant had mounted an unprovoked attack on the journalist and his family.”

IPSO’s findings are highly critical:

  • additional steps should have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the claim
  • the journalist [Jukes] was relying on second-hand information from a highly flexible medium in which misunderstandings can occur
  • the complainant should have been contacted to check the claims, or other steps should have been taken to verify the nature and timing of the tweet
  • The failure to do so breached Clause 1 (i) [The press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information]

Press Gazette has now apologised for publishing the Jukes extract. Rice tells MediaGuido in a statement:

“This is a judgement which underlines the importance of journalists checking facts – even ones who are sponsored by Hacked Off. Peter Jukes deserves credit for his crowd funding initiative, but no credit for his inability to check the date of a simple tweet.”

Jukes says:

“the letter from IPSO I have says it specifically doesn’t refer to my journalism by PG editorial process [sic]”

Perhaps it is worth re-reading this tweet of his from last June:

Indeed.

BBC Staff Told to Hide Badges in Public

Security is being ramped up at the BBC after Newsnight and News at Ten broadcast the Charlie Hebdo cover depicting Mohammed. MediaGuido understands staff have been sent an email warning them to hide their BBC badges when out in public for fear they could be targeted in terrorist reprisals. Last week the BBC revised its guidelines banning images of Mohammed. “Security has been stepped up noticeably,” a Beeb source reveals. “We wouldn’t comment on security matters,” says a spokesman, “but the email you refer to makes clear that there’s no indication of any threat against the BBC”. Troubling times.

Where You Can Buy a Copy of Charlie Hebdo This Morning

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The English edition of the new Charlie Hebdo hits the shelves this morning. Here are the places where you might be able to pick up a copy, if you get there before it sells out.

The French Bookshop - 28 Bute Street, South Kensington

JL News kiosk - Golders Green, next to the tube station

Good News - 23 Berwick Street, Soho

Forge Newsagents – 2 Church St, Cheltenham

St Pancreas Eurostar Terminal – If you can’t find it at the station, it’s only two and a half hours to Paris

Only 2000 copies are coming to the UK,  you better be quick…

H/T Business Insider

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Metro Ad FUKP For Al Murray

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Al Murray will be hoping his full page advert in today’s Metro doesn’t count towards his election expenditure. The rate card shows a full page Metro ad will fetch you £36,000, and long campaign spending is limited to £30,700. Though they don’t give out the Metro in South Thanet…


Media Reader

Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
London Live to Cut 20 Staff to Buy in More Content | Press Gazette
Telegraph Revealed Auschwitz 3 Years Before Liberation | Telegraph
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
We Must Not Call Charlie Hebdo Killers ‘terrorists’ | Telegraph
Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC
Poll: Sun Readers Want Page 3 to Stay | Business Insider
The Sun: An Apology | Press Gazette
More Women Prosecuted For Telly Tax | Mail


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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