Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mitchell’s Plebgate Libel Trial Scheduled for December
Million Pound Costs Risk

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It will be all over by Christmas. Andrew Mitchell’s libel hearing against The Sun is scheduled for the first two weeks of December in the High Court. The losing side will be a million pounds worse off after costs alone. Meanwhile the Metropolitan Police are expected, because it is in the public interest as a matter of public confidence in the police, to publish the findings of Operation Alice –  the investigation into who passed information to The Sun and The Telegraph newspapers about the “Plebgate” incident, including whether the leak came from within the police force or from a third party.

Operation Alice examined a police witness statement from the incident and investigated if there was a conspiracy between the officer and another party. It also investigated claims made by Mitchell that police lied in the police log of the incident. Mitchell himself is also being sued for defamation by a policeman, a case that will be held in January. All this will be aired at the same time as Mitchell is trying to talk up his prospects of becoming an EU commissioner…

Monday, June 30, 2014

LISTEN: Rolf’s “She’s Only 13″ Joke

A “joke” told by Rolf Harris during the recording of the album “Live at the Talk of the Town” in 1969.

Convicted on all 12 counts…

Hat-tip: via Callum May @callummay

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday this morning to find out why Dave had his Phil in Europe this week. Elsewhere in Guido’s column, don’t miss out on:

  • 40,000 mums versus Alec Shelbrooke
  • Who does Le Monde call “L’Obama Anglais”?
  • Craig Oliver gets left behind
  • Rennard back on the party scene…
  • The euro gravy-train is cancelled – for one day only…
  • Diane Abbott’s £500 hair do

Politics for the many, not the few – just 70p in your local newsagents or online here

Friday, June 27, 2014

Telegraph Axes Six Sports Writers

Roy Greenslade reports that six more journalists have been axed from the sports desk:

Ian Chadband, cricket analyst Simon Hughes, athletics correspondent Simon Hart, sailing and cricket writer Kate Laven, and Graham Clutton, who covered rugby and football for the paper from Wales… JA McGrath, the Australian-born racing columnist known as Hotspur who used to commentate for the BBC.

Still they have hired that great writer and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen…

Paxman: ‘I am a Tory… Newsnight is Made by 13-Year-Olds’

Freed from the shackles of the BBC behemoth, Jeremy Paxman seems to be enjoying getting off the fence and telling us what he really thinks.  It turns out he claims to be a closet Eurosceptic who believes Europe has been “nothing but trouble for us”, and has been secretly sound all along:“I am in favour of governments getting out of people’s lives. Particularly foreign government. The closer you can take decision-making to the people affected by those decisions, the better.” Speaking at Chalke Valley History Festival, Paxo revealed political leanings for the first time: “I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes.” He also gave the audience his explanation for Newsnight’s shift to the left:

“Look, Newsnight is made by 13-year-olds. It’s perfectly normal when you’re young that you want to change the world. The older you get, the more you realise what a fools’ errand much of that is and that the thing to do is to manage the best you can to the advantage of as many people as possible.”

That explains Ian Katz’s tousled hair and youthful looks…

UPDATE:  Ian Katz responds:

Zoe recalls the 14 year-old Newsnight editor none too fondly…

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Let it go Zoe, it was 30 years ago…

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WATCH: Kay Burley’s Ron Burgundy Moment

She’s kind of a big deal.

WATCH: Rebekah Speaks

“I am innocent of the crimes I was charged with. I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdicts of the jury.”

Oh Is This the Way They Say the Future’s Meant to Feel?
Guardian Not Shifting at Glasto 

Following the roaring success of Guardian Coffee, MediaGuido can report that the paper’s pop-up stall at Glastonbury is enjoying a similar level of popularity this week:

Our man in the field says “not a single person is interested” in picking up a copy, with photo evidence showing piles and piles of unread papers still available. Another Guardian financial success…

Watson: I Was Wrong About Rebekah

On the Daily Politics this morning Brillo made Tom Watson eat his words after accusing Rebekah Brooks of not only being “responsible for wrongdoing at News International, but I believe she knew about it” (July 2011). Watson now admits he was wrong:

“Rebekah Brooks is not guilty. She has been found not guilty of conspiring to hack phones in a court of law. She is innocent, I wish her well with her life… I do accept she didn’t do it, I wish her well with her life and I hope she goes off and does something very productive in the world.”

Despite the mea culpa he says he cannot bring himself to say sorry. She’ll cope with that…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Day for Red Tops!

Your collector’s edition hacking trial front page specials…

Via @suttonnick.

UPDATE: The Sun splash in all its glory:


Media Reader

Last Call for the Printed News | Clay Shirky
No Charges After Two Years On Bail | Patrick Foster
Tabloids’ Reporting of Robin Williams Not Excessive | David Banks
Beeb’s Purnell Still Spinning Hard | David Keighley
BBC Protection Racket Should Be Shut Down | Dan Hodges
JC Donates Tricycle Cash to Israel Charity | JC
BBC Tries to Interview ISIS About Jumanji | Breitbart
BBC Blows £35,000 on PR Firms | Asa Bennett
Buzzfeed Lands $50 Million Investment | Reuters
More Rot in the Independent | Chris McGovern
Twitter is the Medium of the Political Establishment | Staggers


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Labour MP Austin Mitchell discusses female MPs on Newsnight:

“Are they more leadable? I don’t know, I think they probably are.”



Owen Jones says:

We also need Zil lanes.


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