Thursday, December 18, 2014

Total Politics Closing Immediately

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Ashcroft-owned political publishers Dods are shutting the perpetually loss making Total Politics magazine. There will be no January issue. Just in time for Christmas…

Guido always thought it was brave to bring out a politics/lifestyle print magazine in the twenty first century. Printing being expensive and lifestyle journalism being over-supplied already. It was always going to be a brutal world for a political magazine that was self-described as a “relentlessly positive magazine”. Good news doesn’t sell…

UPDATE: This statement from Dods came in after the above went to pixel:

“Total Politics is moving online-only from 2015 as part of our wider digital-first strategy. Total Politics’ following online is greater than in print, partly a reflection of our younger audiences inside and outside Westminster. Like many media organisations facing the same commercial and editorial realities, we aim to serve our readers in a format that suits them best.”

Mr Hasan Goes to Washington

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Terrible news: Mehdi is leaving Al-HuffPo to join Al-Jazeera in DC. After the letter to Mr Dacre didn’t pay off, it looks like the one to AJ did. “Dear Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani”…

Joking apart, we’ll miss you Mehdi. Congratulations.

UPDATE:

For a sense of perspective Al Jazeera America has 1% of the audience that Fox News does…

Exclusive: Matthew d’Ancona to Guardian

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Come See CITIZENFOUR Tonight
Christmas Drinks / Movie With TechnoGuido

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We’ve added 40 More Seats for tonight’s showing!

Guido presents a special readers’ screening of CITIZENFOUR, the new film starring Edward Snowden from Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras, next Wednesday, 6.30pm, December 17 at the crumbling old Guardian HQ on 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER. Come and see inside the Lubyanka-like former headquarters of the Guardian, watch the movie and enjoy a drink before Christmas.

This is a free screening for Guido’s readers and Techno-Guido will be supplying the drinks!

In January 2013, Laura Poitras several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Warning: this movie has strong libertarian undertones…

Tickets available below:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Terror Grips Sydney: Tomorrow’s Australian Front Pages

Ofcom: James O’Brien Guilty of Anti-UKIP Bias

Well colour Guido surprised. Ofcom have ruled that LBC’s resident lefty James O’Brien is guilty of breaching broadcasting rules on the day of the Clacton by-election, for saying this:

“We, of course, are living in a country where an anti-immigration party is poised to win a seat in a constituency where there aren’t any immigrants. So we can’t really start sneering at other civilisations, and other cultures for being defined by division and enmity, when we appear to be rushing headlong into a similar environment ourselves. Just as a point of interest, I was looking at the census – yah, I am living the dream! – 2011 census with regard to Clacton, looking at how many immigrants are there. And do you know how many immigrants – there aren’t any in that constituency to speak of, 95.7%, I think, British-born and 95.7% white. It’s perfect, perfect territory in a sense. But the tiny number of immigrants who do live there, rather excitingly, the majority of them come from Germany. Who else comes from Germany, I wonder? We’ve just had a little bit of election analysis for you.”

Guido is all for opening up the airwaves to more forthright debate, but it was probably the subtle Germany reference that did for O’Brien…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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In Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today: the silence of Harriet Harman over a string of sexist outbursts from Labour MPs. Claim your free one month trial and don’t miss out on:

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  • Rapping proof that Grant Shapps don’t stop, the rock it to the bang, bang boogie.

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  • Are Green Party candidates a bunch of trustafarian posh kids?
  • Russell Brand slammed as “diva” and nicknamed “his majesty” by Question Time producers
  • Who really is the inspiration for George Osborne’s haircut?
  • Ed’s wallet-wounding supper with mysterious short male companion
  • Fast food fight in parliament

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

Come See CITIZENFOUR
Christmas Drinks / Movie With TechnoGuido

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Guido presents a special readers’ screening of CITIZENFOUR, the new film starring Edward Snowden from Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras, next Wednesday, 6.30pm, December 17 at the crumbling old Guardian HQ on 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER. Come and see inside the Lubyanka-like former headquarters of the Guardian, watch the movie and enjoy a drink before Christmas.

This is a free screening for Guido’s readers and Techno-Guido will be supplying the drinks!

In January 2013, Laura Poitras several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Warning: this movie has strong libertarian undertones…

Tickets available below:

City AM’s Kate McCann Joins The Sun

Congratulations…


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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