Monday, September 8, 2014

Hari-Kiri-s On Being a Fraud

Guido regrets to report that disgraced former Indy writer Johann Hari’s re-education has not been a success. Hari has embarked on something of a comeback working for Russell Brand and making up a new book, but today forensic internet sleuth Jeremy Duns, fresh from slotting Mo Ansar, has caught him up to his old tricks once again. Hari says he’s a changed man and posts audio clips of all his interviews to back up his claims. Yet comparing Hari’s written account of a new interview with the audio posted on his website, Duns finds the same old discrepancies. He writes:

It’s the first quote from Sarah Brook. The clip is just seven seconds long. She says: ‘I was the person who found the – me and my colleague – who found the bullet in the leg.’

I’ve put it in quotes because it is a direct quote. That is what she said. But it’s a little awkward. How to render that in an article? Well, I’d probably not use that quote, but instead write something like ‘Brook and a colleague found the bullet in the leg.’ And then quote her.

But that isn’t what Hari did in his article published this month in the British Airways magazineHigh Life. Instead, he has this:

‘Then a corpse was found. It had been there a while. Most of the meat had rotted away. It was a skeleton with hooves. The horn had been chopped off, and the entire skull was found elsewhere. The tail had been cut off. ‘I was the person,’ Sarah tells me years later, in a café in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ‘who found the bullet in the leg’. It became clear that Sarah had stumbled into a turning point in history — one she couldn’t have foreseen. She was standing over the body of the last ever Vietnamese rhino. This subspecies had survived unchanged for nine million years, and now it was gone forever.’

That quote is inaccurate. I have heard it and verified it was not said directly to Johann Hari, and you can, too. It is significantly inaccurate, too, because it leaves out a key fact – two people found the bullet. There is no valid journalistic reason to leave out the second person his interviewee has told him about. Hari has misquoted his interviewee, and in doing so risked making her come across as boastful when she was not, a  liar when she was not, and perhaps even created a problem for her with that colleague. And he has also misled us, his readers.

Bloomsbury will be reading Johann’s new book very carefully before they let it hit the shelves… Hari’s one time defenders are very quiet.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Nigel Farage says he is talking to a Labour MP about defecting to UKIP. In today’s Sun on Sunday column, Guido reveals outspoken Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is the name on people’s lips. Read all about it here

Also in Guido’s column this week:

  • Eric Pickles to the rescue in troubled waters off Clacton
  • Future mum-in-law is no joke for quitting MP Chris Kelly
  • Home Office – Downing Street conflict level “SEVERE”
  • Tory MP Colonel Bob’s four-letter bollocking for Bercow

Join Sun+ on a free one month trial and read Guido’s column online here

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mail Order Genius

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Guido is awestruck at the genius of the Mail, merging advertorial with its ideological line and shifting cut-price soon to be discontinued hoovers. Buzzfeed native advertising eat your heart out. Why didn’t Guido think of this first?

Mehdi’s HuffPo Peddled ISIS Conspiracy Theory as Lead Story

“Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA?” asks Mehdi Hasan sarcastically in his HuffPo column this afternoon. It’s a good piece and worth reading, in it Mehdi argues that many Muslims around the world too often fall for loony conspiracy theories. He asks:

“Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities?”

Who would peddle such nonsense? HuffPo UK, of which Mehdi is Political Director, ran this as their splash just three weeks ago:

‘Password 360′ is one of the main ISIS conspiracy theories, alleging that the latest great threat to civilisation is all a big CIA plot. Three weeks ago HuffPo thought it was worth running as their lead story. Where do people get their crazy ideas, eh?

UPDATE: Guido has been reminded that Mehdi once peddled his own conspiracy theory that 535 people controlled by the “American Israel lobby” were blocking peace in the Middle East? Why, indeed, is the Muslim world in thrall to conspiracy theories?

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Morgan v Maguire

Two Mirror men past and present have come to blows in this week’s Twitter bitch fight.

Piers Morgan did not take kindly to Kevin Maguire’s diary story about him going to visit Andy Coulson in the clink. The Mirror associate editor cattily enquired as to why Piers didn’t tweet about the trip.

One problem, he did:

Cue Piers deciding to give Maguire a slap:

He should have quit while he was ahead:

Knockout…

WATCH: David Cameron Does Taylor Swift

Ever wanted to see Alex Salmond’s Freddie Mercury impression, Alistair Darling signing Rick Astley and David Cameron doing Taylor Swift? The nerds over at Sky News have produced the next best thing in their advert for the independence referendum:

“I used to think that we were forever ever…”

Bring Back Our Girls

Tensions escalated last night as the fearless members of Her Majesty’s loyal press corp became stranded while on dispatches at the Nato summit in Newport.

The Mail and Sun pol eds had a huddle and agreed on a line:

Luckier Lobby members had only a short wait until they were free:

The SAS were on standby as the seriousness of the situation soon became apparent:

Hacks back home did everything they could to raise awareness for their colleagues’ plight:

Before finally, the good news came:

Let this be a testament to the power of social media campaigns.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WATCH: Saucy Susanna Reid in “Beating Off Men” Slip

The viewers of Good Morning Britain were spluttering into their cornflakes during Susanna Reid’s interview with Downton Abbey hunk Dan Stevens earlier:

She managed to shake it off with consummate professionalism…

‘2014 GQ Award – Great Condition’ For Sale on eBay

Up for auction on eBay this morning, “a brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item”:

The listing offers:

“A fantastic opportunity to buy this rare and highly collectible GQ ‘Men Of The Year 2014′ award. In near perfect condition (there is a small stain on the back as it was handled by someone with blood on their hands). 

This will really sex up your mantlepiece! Can be delivered in as little as 45 minutes.

It comes free-standing as we had problems with it’s display rack. We have made a rack enquiry, but nothing came of it.”

Will the proceeds go to philanthropic causes?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Career for Piers

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When Piers was fired from his prime time CNN show he was in denial and claimed that he was moving on to do interviews with “big celebrities and powerful people that is better suited to what I do well and fit with what Jeff [Jeff Zucker CNN president] is trying to do with the network.” That hasn’t worked out…

The transfer window is open for Piers after CNN released their misfiring multi-million pound star signing on a free:

Piers has plenty of experience in print and broadcast, but the online section of his CV is limited to correcting abusively critical people’s grammar on Twitter. Guido is however looking to hire a budding hopeful capable of producing high quality photo and video content between now and the election. Since he is looking for a new employer, Piers is welcome to submit his application to be the blog’s new Video Journalist/Producer where he can do interviews with powerful people. Any potential future legal issues facing candidates must be disclosed at the interview stage…


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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