Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UKIP Trolls Lobby With Donation Damp Squib

Not content with inviting the press to a media reception in Doncaster and then making them pay for their own drinks, UKIP this afternoon dragged half of Her Majesty’s loyal press corp to Bristol only to disappoint them with a Thick of It-style non-announcement. Despite stoking rumours of another defection, in the end the press pack had to make do with Tory turncoat Arron Banks announcing he would be upping his donation to £1 million:

Not enough to knock Dave off the News at Ten, though a million quid will pay for a lot of posters…

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not So Pronto IPSO

IPSO’s Sir Alan Moses is in a rush for the three weeks-old new press regulator to get to the bottom of our Brooks Newmark investigation published in the Sunday Mirror. For the record and the avoidance of doubt, Alex Wickham – better known to our readers as WikiGuido – is a fine young journalist with more front page splashes to his name than some of his critics have had in their entire careers. His so-called sting – which was actually evidence gathering – was not an unauthorised operation. There will be no “rogue reporter defence”, it was an agreed plan.

Brooks Newmark was one of the founders of “Women2Win”, a campaign to get more Conservative women into politics. Newmark had a certain reputation among younger Tory women for being, for want of a better word, a bit of a creep. Think what his position gave him access to – ambitious, younger women. As with Lord Rennard that combination has obvious temptations.

MPs have been shown to be corrupt in the past by sting operations; Cash for Questions and Byers for Hire revealed MPs exploiting their positions for financial gain. How do our critics expect us to prove an MP is exploiting his position for carnal gain?

This was no fishing operation, it was a narrowly targeted effort. The Sophie Wittams Twitter account followed almost 100 MPs as part of the cover story – not to target them – which is obvious given that many of them were women MPs and the list included the Prime Minister. There was no intention to trap the PM.

If IPSO finds against the Daily Mirror it won’t prove it has teeth, it will prove as we told the Leveson Inquiry, that “media standards” are really a form of censorship that will protect the powerful from having their wrongdoings uncovered. This blog will never bow to the censors – we will continue to use subterfuge and clandestine methods to go after wrong ‘uns – there is no other way.

Mail Online Hires Piers Morgan

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun column Guido exclusively reveals how the Tories try to avoid interview clangers by briefing MPs on the price of eggs, bread and a pint of milk. Read their cost of living crib sheet here. Also in Guido’s column today:

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  • Is Ed squeezing Justine’s middle?
  • Miliband adviser Stewart Wood’s quip about Chuka Umunna reveals the tension at the top of Labour
  • What England rugby stars think about Dave and Boris
  • Ed’s expensively hired Obama adviser cares more about NFL than the NHS, didn’t go to Labour conference

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Yanks Keep Coming: Mashable Hiring for UK Office

HuffPo, Buzzfeed, Breitbart, Silicon Alley Insider are already bedding in. Now Mashable is opening an office in London.

Mashable, once a geeky tech site, has morphed into a general magazine. Is there room for more generalist sites to make profits?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Miliband Puts Twitter Whingers Above Our Boys

Ed Miliband is the only party leader who has refused to wear a Help for Heroes wristband on the front page of today’s Sun. Guido cannot understand why he couldn’t just tell Labour’s anti-Murdoch brigade that he was putting politics aside for a good cause. Anyway, in his absence, here is an artist’s impression of what it might have looked like if Miliband had swallowed his pride:

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That wouldn’t have been so hard, would it?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Labour Supporting Columnists Have Their Say on Ed’s Speech

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Man Who Hated Ed’s Speech

After the fun and games of last conference season and the Mail’s ‘Ed’s Dad Hates Britain’ story, revenge was a dish served from the platform for the Labour leader. Ed used his conference speech to slam the Mail much to the joy of the crowd, for whom the paper have become Labour’s bogeyman de jour.

It was certainly an awkward moment for Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig , whose sister paper ran the offending Ralph Miliband story and who was conveniently sitting in the cheap seats of the Manchester Central Convention Centre, watching the speech live.

“All rather predictable really,” Greig told Guido as he scuttled toward the exit. Literally the first person to leave the hall after speech.

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Media Movements: James Lyons to Sunday Times

Congratulations to the Mirror’s James Lyons, who has landed the Deputy Political Editor gig at the Sunday Times. Lyons is hardly short of a few bob having married into the multi-millionairess Margaret Hodge’s family dynasty. Still, nice little earner…

#EverydaySexism Rife at Labour Conference

Everyday sexism is rife at Labour conference. Tom Watson waddled off yesterday after describing a bacon butty bearing babe as a “Sun model”:

A rather patronising assumption to make about Cherry Wilson, who is a journalist at the paper specialising in features:

Meanwhile, Sky News political correspondent Sophy Ridge has had her own encounter with a dinosaur:

What would Harriet say?


Media Reader

Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian
The Threat to Press Freedom | Paul Dacre
White House Scoop Strategy | Post
Licence Fee ‘Worse Than Poll Tax’ | Guardian
BBC Feminist Police Gag John Humphrys | Kathy Gyngell
Standard Doesn’t Declare Luvvie Love Interest | Media Guido
Nevile Thurlbeck’s New Years Surprise | Speccie
Rise of Brandy Wandy Signals End for Silly Mili | Boris
Beeb’s Brand Fawning Plumbs New Depths | David Keighley
The Piers Morgan Connection to Hacking | Indy
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie


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