Thursday, October 9, 2014

WATCH: Disappearing BBC News Presenter

BBC Confirm the Word is ‘Chairman’

Rona Fairhead, the new boss at the BBC Trust, has sent out a cringe-worthy welcome email to all staff on her first day:

“Today is my first day as Chairman and I wanted to write to say “hello” and to say how excited I am to be joining this great organisation. I feel privileged to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

Naffness aside, full marks for the correct usage of the English language. There is no such word as ‘chairwoman’. It’s comforting to see such a respected and august national institution lead the way against politically correct butchery. A good sign…

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Poor BBC Social Media Execution

Speculation that Nick Clegg is going to use his speech this afternoon to announce his resignation has been replaced by a much graver threat:

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He’ll do anything to get people interested. Seven months to wait until he actually gets the bullet…

MailOnline Breaks Judge’s Libor Gagging Order

“Banker admits rate rigging – but you can’t know where he works” reports MailOnline this morning, explaining that the identity of a top City employee facing ten years behind bars “is protected by a court order”. The story is accompanied by a blurred photo of the banker in question. Right click on the image and look at its properties, however, and the world’s most read newspaper website has inadvertently named the Libor rigger. Guido has blurred the name out:

Judge Leonard QC will not be amused…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Loads More Page 3

Guido is all for promoting the work of models on Instagram, so… As the No More Page 3 Anti-Sex League snipes at the Sun’s breast cancer and healthy body image campaigns, Page 3 star Rhian and pals, who she describes as the “#BoobTroop”, have hit back with an alternative t-shirt slogan: Loads More Page 3. Who do you think has more support?

WATCH: Have I Got News For You on ‘Sophie’

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

Peter Preston on the Brooks Newmark sting

“Suppose, two decades back, a young blonde reporter had trawled around corporation DJs to see what might happen. You can’t see any heavy-duty regulator of quasi-legal bent approving that. But you can also see how much hurt and harm might have been avoided in a world where both ends and means have to co-exist.”

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Friends of Boris and George insist they have “no hatchet to bury”, but are they really best pals? Find out in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday here. Also in today’s column:

  • BBC Sunday Politics/Comres poll shows LibDems worried about winning anywhere with Clegg

  • Bercow tells Australia “I’m not the shortest Speaker ever”
  • How ABBA embarrassed the PM
  • The minister for scandal
  • Reckless loses neighbourly love

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

Friday, October 3, 2014

WATCH: Newmark Story Was Not Entrapment

Fleetstreet Fox’s defence of the Sunday Mirror’s Brooks Newmark story on Question Time last night is worth watching. Critics who have not read the original story and trigger happy IPSO bosses should watch:

“I think in this particular case that it’s not entrapment because Mr Newmark, if you’ve read the original article, responded to this journalist, which he thought was a young woman online, by firstly offering his mobile phone number, secondly going into private messages, and then on seven occasions seeking explicit photographs from her, and on another three occasions asking to meet her. Now that doesn’t sound to me like someone who was reluctant or who needed persuading, it sounds to me like someone who was quite enthusiastic with the opportunity to misbehave, and he grabbed it with one hand while lowering his pyjama trousers with the other one.

“I think there are two issues that would make this in the public interest. One of those is one of the messages that Brooks Newmark sent was “you send me a picture and I will send you one, that way we both have a secret”. Now if that were you and me, it doesn’t matter. A government minister who has security clearance, that’s an invitation to blackmail, and corruption. Under the Ministerial Code of Conduct that alone would be a reason to resign… A man with power and wealth and influence repeatedly, not once or twice, sought explicit photographs from what he thought was a young woman who had no power or wealth or influence, and if she had been the young activist that he thought she was, he would have had the power to influence her career for better or for worse. To me, that smells like exploitation and it’s certainly abuse of power.”

Notable that Grant Shapps also refused to say Newmark was entrapped…

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trinity Mirror CEO Blasts Brooks Newmark Story Critics
Buzzfeed, Telegraph Criticised for Revealing Innocents’ Names

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Trinity Mirror CEO Simon Fox has put out an extremely robust defence of the Sunday Mirror/Brooks Newmark story:

“Whilst this has attracted a barrage of negative comment and the threat of an IPSO investigation, we believe that we were right to publish this story on public interest grounds.

If you have only read or heard the coverage rather than read The Sunday Mirror itself, you will have been left with a very wrong impression of what we did. Most importantly we did not publish any photographs of the women in the story. Nor did we list any names of any MPs other than Brooks Newmark.

The images of the women that you have seen widely reproduced were put there by other publications. The same goes for other MPs including those who have said that they will complain to IPSO.

Mr Brooks Newmark was not just an MP but a Minister (for civil society), with security clearance who took a role in foreign affairs and was co-founder for the campaign group ‘Women2Win’, an initiative designed to get more women into politics.

We acquired this story from a reputable freelance reporter who had set up a fake Twitter account as a Tory PR woman under the name of ‘Sophie’. She/he ‘followed’ on Twitter a number of MPs, celebrities and news organisations.

It is significant that it was Brooks Newmark who initiated the move away from the public forum and into private communication with ‘Sophie’. Since publication of our story and his resignation Mr Newmark has said that he ‘has nobody to blame but himself’.”

Ironically Guido understands that it is Buzzfeed and the Daily Telegraph who have attracted the ire of lawyers acting for parties unnamed by this blog or the Sunday Mirror. In fact one of those innocent parties will be writing for the Sunday Mirror about how she feels about her treatment at the hands of Buzzfeed and the Daily Telegraph..


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