Friday, September 5, 2014

Mehdi’s HuffPo Peddled ISIS Conspiracy Theory as Lead Story

“Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA?” asks Mehdi Hasan sarcastically in his HuffPo column this afternoon. It’s a good piece and worth reading, in it Mehdi argues that many Muslims around the world too often fall for loony conspiracy theories. He asks:

“Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities?”

Who would peddle such nonsense? HuffPo UK, of which Mehdi is Political Director, ran this as their splash just three weeks ago:

‘Password 360′ is one of the main ISIS conspiracy theories, alleging that the latest great threat to civilisation is all a big CIA plot. Three weeks ago HuffPo thought it was worth running as their lead story. Where do people get their crazy ideas, eh?

UPDATE: Guido has been reminded that Mehdi once peddled his own conspiracy theory that 535 people controlled by the “American Israel lobby” were blocking peace in the Middle East? Why, indeed, is the Muslim world in thrall to conspiracy theories?

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Morgan v Maguire

Two Mirror men past and present have come to blows in this week’s Twitter bitch fight.

Piers Morgan did not take kindly to Kevin Maguire’s diary story about him going to visit Andy Coulson in the clink. The Mirror associate editor cattily enquired as to why Piers didn’t tweet about the trip.

One problem, he did:

Cue Piers deciding to give Maguire a slap:

He should have quit while he was ahead:

Knockout…

WATCH: David Cameron Does Taylor Swift

Ever wanted to see Alex Salmond’s Freddie Mercury impression, Alistair Darling signing Rick Astley and David Cameron doing Taylor Swift? The nerds over at Sky News have produced the next best thing in their advert for the independence referendum:

“I used to think that we were forever ever…”

Bring Back Our Girls

Tensions escalated last night as the fearless members of Her Majesty’s loyal press corp became stranded while on dispatches at the Nato summit in Newport.

The Mail and Sun pol eds had a huddle and agreed on a line:

Luckier Lobby members had only a short wait until they were free:

The SAS were on standby as the seriousness of the situation soon became apparent:

Hacks back home did everything they could to raise awareness for their colleagues’ plight:

Before finally, the good news came:

Let this be a testament to the power of social media campaigns.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WATCH: Saucy Susanna Reid in “Beating Off Men” Slip

The viewers of Good Morning Britain were spluttering into their cornflakes during Susanna Reid’s interview with Downton Abbey hunk Dan Stevens earlier:

She managed to shake it off with consummate professionalism…

‘2014 GQ Award – Great Condition’ For Sale on eBay

Up for auction on eBay this morning, “a brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item”:

The listing offers:

“A fantastic opportunity to buy this rare and highly collectible GQ ‘Men Of The Year 2014′ award. In near perfect condition (there is a small stain on the back as it was handled by someone with blood on their hands). 

This will really sex up your mantlepiece! Can be delivered in as little as 45 minutes.

It comes free-standing as we had problems with it’s display rack. We have made a rack enquiry, but nothing came of it.”

Will the proceeds go to philanthropic causes?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Career for Piers

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When Piers was fired from his prime time CNN show he was in denial and claimed that he was moving on to do interviews with “big celebrities and powerful people that is better suited to what I do well and fit with what Jeff [Jeff Zucker CNN president] is trying to do with the network.” That hasn’t worked out…

The transfer window is open for Piers after CNN released their misfiring multi-million pound star signing on a free:

Piers has plenty of experience in print and broadcast, but the online section of his CV is limited to correcting abusively critical people’s grammar on Twitter. Guido is however looking to hire a budding hopeful capable of producing high quality photo and video content between now and the election. Since he is looking for a new employer, Piers is welcome to submit his application to be the blog’s new Video Journalist/Producer where he can do interviews with powerful people. Any potential future legal issues facing candidates must be disclosed at the interview stage…

Establishment Panic Over Scottish Freedom

Just two weeks ’til the referendum on Scottish freedom and finally Westminster’s chattering classes are waking up to the bookies halving the odds on a ‘Yes’ victory. The Times’ Red Box has gone into panic mode this week, with Scottish political editor Lindsay McIntosh yesterday warning against bubble complacency:

“The first is seen by many in the political bubble. In it, the Nationalists are losing the practical arguments about the economy, so are on course to lose the vote badly. The other, seen by some outside, shows “yes” quietly stealing victory… Unionists need to brush up on their messaging if they are not to be responsible for a dramatic redrawing of the UK after September 18.”

Alice Thomson this morning goes further, imploring: “Wake up unionists, you could really lose this”:

“If Scotland votes Yes, all hell will break loose – and the unionists’ complacency will be to blame. It’s time for Westminster to focus on the independence referendum.”

Rachel Sylvester also has growing concerns, telling Dave:

“If he becomes the Conservative prime minister who presided over the break-up of the United Kingdom, he will face immediate calls for his resignation from within his party.”

Squeaky bum time…

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Met Hack Phone of Sun Journalist

The Operation Alice report revealed that The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn refused to co-operate with officers, even though he was himself threatened with arrest for aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office. Journalists are protected under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights from having to reveal their sources and Tom Newton Dunn knew his rights. So the Met legally hacked his phones. The Met report into Plebgate states:

“On Thursday, 31 January 2013, PC James Glanville was arrested on suspicion of committing the offences of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice. His arrest came about as the result of the initial analysis of the mobile telephone records from the Sun political editor, Mr Tom Newton Dunn, which showed a series of contacts by text and voice calls between the two over several days.”

Welcome to Britain in 2014, where the coppers access journalists phones to sniff out leaks from within their own ranks.

According to the Guardian:

“If police are seeking journalistic material, including information about confidential sources, they should use the procedures laid down by Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) which provide article 10 compliant safeguards to ensure that sources are properly protected. It is alarming that in this case the police appear to have used other powers which do not have those safeguards and are not intended for use in these circumstances,” said Keith Mathieson, partner at law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. Under PACE, police are required to go to court to ask a judge’s permission to get records belonging to a journalist. Journalists are then notified to enable them to attend court to formally resist disclosure to a third party. On this occasion this did not happen.”

Guido’s learned lunch partner spots a hole: By making Tom Newton Dunn a suspect, which the Met’s report into Operation Alice admits they did, the coppers could bypass having to alert him. Sun sources tell the Guardian they are consulting lawyers. A fight between Murdoch and the Met over accessing phones? Play it again, Sam.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Indy Quietly Changes ‘Powerful Jewish Lobby’ Headline

The Indy’s eccentric Mira Bar Hillel is off on one again this afternoon, with the headline writer wheeling out the age old “Jewish lobby” slur for her latest frothing about Israel, which includes the charming imagery of “tentacles”. Unfortunately the online subs didn’t get to the headline before MediaGuido had grabbed a screenshot.


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BBC Crew Attacked in Russia | BBC
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Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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