Monday, November 17, 2014

You Present Nothing, Jon Snow

64 year old Paxo complained Newsnight had been taken over “by 13 year olds” when he quit in a huff in April, but will he be equally guilty of usurping his elders when he fronts Channel 4’s election night coverage next year? Spare a moment for Jon Snow, who, at 67, has been booted out of the way for the incoming younger man. Guido hears Jon is in a right tizz about it. Not the first time two grumpy old men have fallen out on TV.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

It’s the Great Downing Street Bake Off! Number 10 held their own version of the TV competition for charity this week – find out who won and who played Mary Berry in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The Labour candidate who gave away more than she intended
  • Fiscal responsibility from John Reid
  • The kid who called Bercow short

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  • Is billionaire Lord Ashcroft backing Theresa May for leader?
  • Apprentice boardroom’s Karren Brady is Tory party’s new secret weapon
  • Paxman and Jon Snow are Channel 4’s grumpy old men

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  • What are they smoking? Ed’s new slogan is a type of hashish

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Unbeleafable! Operation Yew-Tree Leaves Parliament Stumped

The poor saps at parliament’s press office will want poplar Telegraph hack Chris “Chopper” Hope arrested for high tree-son after he branched out from his normal coverage and lumbered them with a series of questions that left them stumped. Hope got to the root of the issue when he o-pined on Twitter that a shady lady on a ladder was pulling the leaves off trees on the parliamentary estate. A ash-en faced spokesman insisted he was barking up the wrong tree:

“The leaves are removed each winter as a more time-efficient alternative to raking fallen leaves. The House of Commons employs a gardening service which covers maintenance of more than 145 trees on the Parliamentary estate as well as all grassed areas, planted areas, indoor plants, containers and window boxes. It is not possible to separate the cost of removing leaves from the trees in New Palace Yard from the wider cost of the gardening contract the leaves are removed each winter as a more time-efficient alternative to raking fallen leaves.”

You’d have thought they would have saw this one coming. Guido is becoming increasingly sycamore and more of these flagrant examples of government waste. The real question is how much the taxpayer willow. Facepalm…

The Mehdi Effect: HuffPo Promote Iranian State Propaganda

How far will the Huffington Post stoop to attack a commercial rival? Today they have published a story promoting a video from Iranian state propaganda TV channel Press TV, best known for its anti-Semitic broadcasts, spinning for Ahmadinejad and promoting the country’s nuclear programme. And there was Guido thinking Al-HuffPo were only doing the Qataris’ dirty work…

Thursday, November 13, 2014

David Miliband Refuses to Back His Brother on TV

David Miliband refused to talk about his brother as a precondition to appearing on Newsnight. Kay Burley wouldn’t put up with this…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WATCH: Blair Squirms When Grilled on Miliband

Kay Burley was on fine form today pinning down Tony Blair. The former Prime Minister appeared to suggest he didn’t speak to the Labour leader about his leadership woes at the Cenotaph on Sunday, though one thing is clear: he didn’t want to discuss Ed:

At least he had the self-awareness to realise Labour probably didn’t want to hear from him either…

UPDATE: Vintage Kay:

KB: “Do you not think Labour here would really appreciate just 60 seconds comment from you?”

TB: “I doubt it.”

Channel 4 Promotes Racist, Homophobic Fantasist

Last night Channel 4 aired “How Rich Are You?”, a one off special about supposed inequality presented by ex-BBC lefty luvvy Richard Bacon and quasi-Marxist Paul Mason. It was predictably a forum for Comrades Bacon and Mason to shore up their base, inviting Owen Jones et al along to join the party. In a carefully choreographed segment of audience interaction, the programme’s presenters sought the opinion of “Cody”, a man from Manchester who railed against the rich and claimed he was so hard done by he had to do “dodgy things” to get by. Mason’s introduction in the video below implies Cody’s appearance was teed up prior to broadcast.

Cody Aiden Lachey describes himself on Twitter as a “rough & ready former soldier”. He is in fact a fraud who was exposed after he appeared on Newsnight last year, where he was portrayed as an Afghanistan war hero despite being sent home after just two weeks for going AWOL and threatening to kill his battery Sergeant Major. Lachey is also an EDL-linked racist who told the Daily Star“I believe we need to declare war on Islam as ALL Muslims don’t like kafirs, non-believers.” A Twitter account appearing to be run by Lachey described gay footballer Thomas Hitzelsperger as a “puff, faggot who needs castrating”. Lachey also had the following exchange with Owen Jones, confusing him with IEA wonk Ryan Bourne:

Unfortunate that the working class hero chosen by Bacon and Mason to push their quasi-Marxist world view happens to be a fraud, a racist and a homophobe…

UPDATE: Cody has confirmed he was booked by Channel 4 prior to going on. He has responded to the story here.

Silence of the Spinners

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“He doesn’t want to speak to you” Guido has been told many times. We’ve never had a problem being put in the “sin bin” by politicians, we don’t seek to do interviews, so if a politician refuses to speak to us, it doesn’t matter too much, we can still talk about them. In fact we will probably shout about them even more. (Some free advice to any MP in our crosshairs, we don’t go away if you ignore us, we redouble our efforts.) These days however it is usually a party press officer – a professional spinner – who refuses to do his job and comment.

After a string of negative stories the LibDem press office earlier this year decided not to engage with us, did it help their cause? No. Stories on the blog went unchallenged and into print the next day in the national press. To be fair to the LibDem press team, our guess is they usually haven’t been told anything by the Deputy PM’s office in Downing Street, so it is not as if they can say anything of consequence. Amusingly after the Guido Fawkes Tenth Anniversary party they called, hurt, to inquire why press officers from the Tories, Labour and UKIP were all there eating caviar and drinking champagne whilst none from LibDem HQ were invited. “We put you in our sin bin” we told them…

Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times this morning analyses Labour’s attitude to the press

They blame the “rightwing press”, particularly the chunk of it owned by Rupert Murdoch, not only for the leadership tremors but for Mr Miliband’s low reputation in the country. If voters disdain Mr Miliband, the party seems to believe, it is because they are brainwashed. The best that can be said for this theory is that it has ideological pedigree; the one morsel of Marxist doctrine still evidently cherished by the British left is false consciousness.

Labour’s view of the press has soured to the point of self-harm. The Sun is read by more than 5 million Britons every day, many of whom vote Labour or entertain the prospect of doing so. Yet the party talks of the Murdoch-owned tabloid as a remote Other. It is just about conceivable that Labour can win power while ignoring anyone who disagrees with it. How it expects to govern a plural nation with such a sectarian cast of mind is harder to understand.

Unhinged by indignation, Labour MPs even joined a hashtag campaign on Twitter to insist that “We back Ed”, like Brezhnev-era Kremlin officials denying rumours of a coup. To repeat: a major political party decided that having to affirm support for its own leader six months before a general election would somehow leave him an enhanced figure.

The idea that being put in the “sin bin” will hurt Guido is bizarre. We’re going to light up those pixels and fill up those column inches regardless whether or not you engage. The pixels on the #1 political website in the country, the inches in the political column in the biggest selling newspaper in Britain…

We want to get the facts right when we run a story, press officers and party apparatchiks may not like the tone or the thrust of an article coming down the line, nevertheless running away won’t help. Look at Sadiq Khan‘s recent 48 hours of bad publicity. Sadiq thought he could tough it out with “no comment”, that didn’t work with us because – unlike the Leveson leery dead tree press – we ran the pictures without a response anyway. In the end ignoring this blog meant the broadcast and print media eventually joined in the mêlée. As Tom Watson once said, if you can’t take a kicking from Guido, then you don’t deserve to be in politics…

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Read Guido on Nigel Farage and political celebrity in today’s Sun on Sunday for free, simply by clicking here and enjoying a free 30-day trial. Don’t miss out on all the news and gossip from today’s column, including:

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  • Tom Baldwin, Miliband’s under pressure spin-doctor, in shocking Malcolm Tucker outburst

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  • Red Prince Will Straw campaigns against “NHS privatisation”, takes £5,000 from NHS contractor
  • Shadow minister on Miliband plot: “should have been done 12 months ago”
  • Creagh’s brutal demotion
  • Bucket of human waste landing on an MP
  • Trickett’s tricky loyalty call

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Exclusive: James Kirkup Leaving Telegraph

MediaGuido can reveal the Telegraph’s Executive Editor (Politics) James Kirkup is the next big name out.

Despite only recently being promoted following Ben Brogan’s departure, Kirkup will be leaving in the spring.

Another senior figure out…


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Sainsbury’s Disowns Left-Wing Blogger | Mail
New Improved Internships, Fellowships! | NY Times
Mirror’s ‘UKIP Goggles’ App Backfires | Press Gazette
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BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



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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