Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ex-Sunday Mirror Hack Pleads Guilty to Phone Hacking in 2001
“Shown By Senior Person How to Access Voicemails”

Graham Johnson is the first Mirror employee to plead guilty to hacking, admitting he accessed the voicemails of a celeb in October 2001 after being “shown by a senior person in a supervisory capacity how to” do so.

Reporting restrictions have been placed on a number of leading media names until tomorrow…

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Statesman Turns on Ed

The New Statesman was the only publication to endorse Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership in 2010. Today the magazine turns its back on Ed, arguing “that since then Miliband has failed to find an authentic voice to connect with the electorate”. Jason Cowley writes in this week’s editorial:

“Miliband is very much an old-style Hampstead socialist. He doesn’t really understand the lower middle class or material aspiration. He doesn’t understand Essex Man or Woman. Politics for him must seem at times like an extended PPE seminar: elevated talk about political economy and the good society…

Miliband does not have a compelling personal story to tell the electorate, as Thatcher did about her remarkable journey from the grocer’s shop in Grantham and the values that sustained her along the way or Alan Johnson does about his rise from an impoverished childhood in west London. I went to Oxford to study PPE, worked for Gordon Brown, became a cabinet minister and then leader of the party does not quite do it. None of this would matter were Miliband in manner and approach not so much the product of this narrow background…

Miliband is losing the support of the left (to the SNP, to the Greens) without having formed a broader coalition of a kind that defined the early Blair-Brown years. Most damaging, I think, is that he seldom seems optimistic about the country he wishes to lead. Miliband speaks too often of struggle and failure, of people as victims – and it’s true that life is difficult for many. But a nation also wants to feel good about itself and to know in which direction it is moving.”

Usually reliable as a loyal mouthpiece for Labour’s rapid rebuttals, today’s Staggers cover story from George Eaton has some source quotes of a less helpful kind:

“Morale has never been lower,” one shadow cabinet minister told me [ . . . ] No MP I have spoken to has argued that the Labour leader’s parlous ratings aren’t a problem or dismissed them as a “Westminster bubble issue”. “We’re all very, very concerned. The reality is that whilst we don’t have a presidential system, people are thinking increasingly about who they want to be the prime minister,” one shadow minister said. He went on to describe a “sobering moment” in which a voter told him: “You’ve been a fantastic MP, but I’m not going to vote for you. Because Ed’s not prime ministerial… 

One senior MP suggested that Miliband should abandon Westminster, save for Prime Minister’s Questions, and go on a rolling tour of marginal constituencies. “The 200 to 400 voters in key seats who say on the doorstep that he’s the problem, he could win them round by talking to them.” But he doubted whether Miliband had the will to do so. “His confidence has gone. It’s like a light’s gone out,” he lamented.”

And that’s just what Ed’s friends are saying about him… 

Politically Correct ASA Bans Sun “Date” Advert…
But Gives Green Light to Rivals to Do the Same

This is the Sun fantasy football advert banned in the latest politically correct ruling from the censorious Advertising Standards Authority. The light-hearted offer gave readers the chance to be “entered in to a prize draw for a date with a Page 3 girl”, the sort of competition prize regularly offered recently by other media outlets, such as the Daily Echo’s “win a date with Amy Childs”, Capital FM’s “win a date with Enrique!”, and the Star’s “win a date with Danielle Lloyd: Dani is naked and she wants you!”.

For some reason the ASA, chaired by renowned part-time floods expert and Labour peer Chris Smith, decided that only the Sun’s advert was “demeaning to women”, “objectified those offered as prizes” and was “likely to cause serious or widespread offence”. Almost as if the ASA has a massively unsubtle political agenda

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

The man who put Obama in the White House blasts Ed Miliband in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday today.

Also in Guido’s column this week:

  • Gabby Bertin talks to Isabel Oakeshott
  • Satire is dead for council flat dwelling fat cat Frank Dobson
  • Are Whistles’ T-shirt profits feminist?
  • UKIP learning campaigning from the Republicans
  • Danny Alexander’s optimism
  • Cheering Gyles Brandreth

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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Telegraph Bloodbath: D’Ancona Out After 19 Years

End of an era for the Telegraph on two fronts today:

This morning’s paper also saw Tim Walker’s last Mandrake diary column…

UPDATE: MediaGuido hears bad news for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine as well.

UPDATE II: Seven magazine also rumoured to be axed.

UPDATE III: Telegraph source: “What the f**k are we gonna fill the paper with? Sheer vandalism.”

Comply or Die at Grauniad

Font consistency is peace. Standardised email signature is strength. The thought police at the Guardian have sent this diktat ordering staff to comply with their “clear brand guidelines” to be “ever so slightly ‘un-British’”:

From: Steve Hawker 
Date: 30 October 2014 11:19
Subject: Email signature and font consitency
To: ALL

Hello all,

In the first step of getting some brand consistency across the sales teams’ collateral and in order for us to be ever so slightly ‘un-British’ and make some noise about our recent achievements, I would like you all to read the below so we can implement a standardised email signature and also amend your font to the ‘PC standard’ Guardian font – Georgia. This will sit across Media, Jobs and Labs.

A more automated and jpeg based solution is in progress along with clear brand guidelines accompanied by official Guardian Fonts on every machine, but for now it would be good if we can ALL make this first step.

Only the Guardian could email their staff about font consistency and spell it wrong in the subject line…

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Talking Heads Should Go on Russia Today UK

The Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today has launched a UK channel this morning, promising to “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”. Which presumably means anything other than Ukraine and the shooting down of flight MH17. RT’s own staff have previously accused the channel of being a Putin propaganda mouthpiece, so the move has sparked much debate among media talking heads:

Channels like Russia Today will still be there whether or not British talking heads appear on it, so Guido encourages commentators to go on and then subvert it. When Guido went on PressTV he named Iran’s jailed dissident bloggers then asked for his fee to be paid to Conservative Friends of Israel. If you’re looking for inspiration look no further than James Kirchick:

удачи!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Standard Doesn’t Declare Luvvie Love Interest

A very sympathetic double page spread in tonight’s Evening Standard, giving a generous plug to lefty playwright Roy Williams’ latest production. For some reason the piece doesn’t mention Williams’ other half is Fiona Hughes: the deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard…

Guardian Scrapes Barrel to Bash UKIP

The Guardian is coming in for a lot of criticism – not least from its own staff – for this piece by Jonathan Jones today describing the Tower of London poppies as a “fake… UKIP-style memorial”. It’s the most read article on the Guardian website today, seemingly because of the numbers queuing up to pan it. A quick look at readers’ responses suggest this sort of metropolitan Guardianista sneering is why UKIP are on the rise. It’s their equivalent of MailOnline clickbait, only less classy…

Monday, October 27, 2014

Telegraph Unveils Replacement for Sacked Staff


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Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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