Monday, September 15, 2014

Journalists Are Not Above Criticism

A lot of journalists are getting very prissy about the above banner which was paraded on Sunday as Yes supporters staged a march towards the BBC’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow. Many have taken to Twitter muttering support for Nick Robinson and that this bodes badly for freedom of speech if the SNP win the referendum. Given the SNP have been in government for years with no noticeable damage done to a free press, this is a bit of hyperbole. That Charlie Whelan, formerly Gordon Brown’s bruiser spin doctor, could tweet that he was frightened is laughable. New Labour’s tough operators Mandelson, Campbell and Whelan himself were not above bullying the media and calling for firings of journalists on a regular basis. That is one of the many ways they pressurised editors – particularly at the BBC.  

The suspicion of an imperial BBC amongst Yes supporters is pretty much universal and has become focused on Robbo after he asked a tricky question of Alex Salmond based on a briefing from the Treasury. Fair to say Salmond didn’t like it one little bit…

The personalistion aside, the feeling is that the BBC is a partial propagandist is inevitable given the British Broadcasting Corporation is seen as institutionally biased in favour of the British status quo. The clue is in the name…

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Journalists are remarkably thin-skinned when it comes to being on the receiving end of what they dish out – that is why they invariably hate unfiltered comments below their articles and the feedback of the mob on Twitter and the streets. Tough, freedom of speech is for everyone, not just journalists…

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Guido was in Uxbridge with Boris as he was selected on Friday. After a night on the town, BoJo is unmoved. How much of their part-time Mayor/part-time candidate will local Tories really see? Find out in Guido’s Sun column.

  • Guido also spoke to Nadine Dorries this week, who blasts Cameron over Devo Max: “Why are we paying for them to eat deep-fried Mars bars?”

  • The Tories have a new strategy for dealing with UKIP: Don’t mention the F-word or the C-word
  • Team Ed increasingly irritated by Burnham’s less than subtle leadership posturing
  • Osborne’s new safety gear
  • Where is David Axelrod?

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hugh Muir No More

Hugh Muir’s Guardian diary has been discontinued after seven years:

“It’s been a glorious responsibility, but it’s time to shoulder another. Our diary will also take a rest. In its place from next week, the world seen through different eyes in a new column.”

It is a little known fact that perennial Boris basher Muir was in the pay of Ken Livingstone back when he was Mayor. Guido however prefers to reflect on his more amusing scoops, such as Nick Boles “creating photoshopped pictures of Labour politicians”, “when ministerial duties allow”, which came much to the surprise of the well-known parody @GeneralBoles. Bring back Marina Hyde…

Lebedev in North Korea

Never seen without his beard, the Hacked Off backing publisher of the Indy and Evening Standard, Evgeny Lebedev, has travelled to that bastion of press freedom, North Korea. The AP’s former Pyongyang bureau chief ponders:

His search for a buyer for the Indy continues…

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bush Aide Live Tweets 9/11

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has spent the day live-tweeting a remarkable moment by moment account of his experience of 9/11 with George W. Bush:

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Huhne’s Guardian Column Shelved

Chris Huhne’s Guardian column is no more. Guido will remember it for such fine polemical contributions to the political discourse as when he accused the Sun of making up fictional stories, how “tabloid-fuelled schadenfreude” drives the nation’s prison obsession, and his analysis of the Prime Minister’s “sincerity“. Then there was Huhne’s article accusing the Tories of “psychosis“, and the time he tried to convince us “I’ve played my own part in giving MPs a bad name, but ultimately it’s Rupert Murdoch’s media machine that corrodes public trust best of the lot”. Best of all, who can forget the greatest Huhne column quote of all: “whatever happened to loyalty? Best of luck with whatever you decide to do next…

Nigel Evans Makes £21,000 From Post-Sex Trial Media Interviews

Cleared Nigel Evans was paid £21,000 for selling the story of his trial to the press. Evans is being paid £1762.50 a month until June 2015 by management company Exclusive Press & Publicity, in respect of three media engagements with the Mail on Sunday, Mirror and ITV. Following his not guilty verdict, Evans gave emotional interviews to the MoS, Sunday Mirror and ITV’s Daybreak. He says he spent three hours with each outlet, so it wasn’t a bad way of helping towards paying his £130,000 legal bills. If he’d been found guilty he would have got a column in the Guardian…

No More Page 3’s Jubilation Sags

The anti-sex league were really milking it yesterday, their cups runneth over:

The cause for their celebrations? Uncle Rupert had signalled a possible change of heart, just as Page 3 had been absent from the Sun for a few days – not unusual at the moment:

Had their war on fun been won? This morning the Sun’s editor tweeted:

Not quite the ‘support’ they thought they had.

Mail Kills Off Douglas Carswell

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Patron-ising Guardian Rip Off

Alan Rusbridger has gone all Bob ‘give us your f**king money’ Geldof. “Care deeply about the Guardian’s journalism and the impact it has on the world?” Then give them all your dosh.

For a whopping £60 per month – or almost 3% of the average person’s annual income – you can tour their newsroom and visit their printing presses by becoming a Guardian Patron:

“From campaigning on issues affecting the voices less heard to holding those in power to account, Patrons ensure the Guardian can continue to surface the information and ideas that shape the global conversation.”

So they’ve had to resort to a whip around…


Media Reader

Revealed: Guido Fawkes Anniversary Dinner Guestlist | Peter Oborne
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron Mustn’t Scupper TV Debates | Steve Hewlett
Double Standards of Police Leaks to Guardian | Mail
Legalise Pot | NY Times
How Police Hack Phones and Email | Times
Guardian Journalists Paid Above Market Worth | Tom Utley
Phillip Blond is the Opposite of a Champagne Socialist | Speccie
Did FBI Informant Hack The Sun? | Guardian
Newmark Was No Fishing Expedition | Press Gazette
Shapps: Voting UKIP Risks Ebola | Sun


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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:

“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”



Progressive Inclusion Champion says:

Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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